Cultural Change And Adaptation By Thomas Sowell Essay

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Cultural Change and Adaptation
Both Thomas Sowell and Michael Schwalbe think cultural change and adaptation are necessary to the social world but their views are different. Sowell, has conservative views while Schwalbe views lie on the liberal side. Sowell views are cut and dried (everyone should be treated equally), whereas Schwalbe views seem to be more flexible taking the situation into account (everyone should be sociologically mindful).
Thomas Sowell Thomas Sowell is an economist, social theorist and a political philosopher. He is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University (Hoover.org/Profiles). One of his favorite quotes by Will and Ariel Durant, sums up his opinion on cultural adaptation, “ Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew; if the transmission should be interrupted for one century, civilization would die, and we should be savages again.”

In his speech, Cultural Diversity: A Worldview, Sowell states “Cultures exists so, we don’t have to relearn everything.” He believes “ Cultural diversity, viewed internationally and historically, is not a static picture of differentness but a dynamic picture of competition in which what serves human purposes more effectively survives while what does not tends to decline or disappear”(Sowell,T.). He also states that “Cultural competition advances the human race” (Sowell, T.). Thomas Sowell sees cultural adaptation as a blend of diverse cultures that…

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