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“It is self-destructive for any society to create a situation where a baby who is born into the world today automatically has pre-existing grievances against another baby born at the same time, because of what their ancestors did centuries ago. It is hard enough to solve our own problems, without trying to solve our ancestors’ problems,” so says Prof Thomas Sowell, US economist, social theorist and author of more than 30 books.

Any country that seeks to achieve peace, social cohesion and economic prosperity for its people should expunge racially or ethnically based affirmative action policies from its statute books. Affirmative action policies are, by definition, discriminatory because they are preferential: they favour an identified group of beneficiaries to the partial or even total exclusion of others...

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