Black American economist and academic Thomas Sowell, still going strong at 90, ran the standard gambit from being a marxist in his youth until reality struck, and like so many, he saw the light and became a market economy enthusiast.
Sowell is noted for some of his pithy observations. I mention this by way of preamble re a letter received today from a (part maori) university academic friend. She wrote regarding the disastrous maori wonderfulness division being promoted in recent years by ill-thought government initiatives and some of the media, and she quoted Sowell. Specifically, he once wrote, “When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination”.
Never a truer word and never more apt than in New Zealand today.