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A Thought on Measuring Social Mobility

"Most people are not even surprised anymore when they hear about someone who came here from Korea or Vietnam with very little money and very little knowledge of English, but who nevertheless persevered and rose in American society. Nor are we surprised when their children excel in school and go on to professional careers.

"Yet, in utter disregard of such plain facts, so-called social scientists do studies which conclude that America is no longer a land of opportunity and that upward mobility is a “myth.” Even when these studies have lots of numbers in tables and equations that mimic the appearance of science, too often their conclusions depend on wholly arbitrary assumptions."

~ Thomas Sowell

HT His Column at National Review Online


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