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That statement is not true if Prof. Sowell is your instructor. This is a novel that really gets one to think. One must really listen to what is said & not. This novel is written with love & pain. Many will knock this novel and refuse to listen; please do not be one of them.
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Emotions are very handy for alerting us when there might be a problem. Emotions are almost never of any value in formulating a solution. That is when facts and logic and rational behavior need to be incorporated in a true cost/benefit analysis if we hope to make any real progress.
Unfortunately, we humans are emotional, lazy and ego driven creatures and like water, naturally seek the path of least resistance to a feeling of satisfying self-righteousness.
In this age of quasi-religious social justice fervor, when even considering an alternative to the prevailing narrative is unforgivable apostasy, I'm not optimistic, ... but if a hope exists, it is exactly the well supported reason exemplified in Sowell's writing.
This book in particular is a wealth of incontrovertible talking points presented more succinctly than in many of his other books.
Everyone who cares about the suffering of others, in any society, and genuinely seeks relief and remedy, needs to read this book.