e thinks that the public often confuses it with other concepts and this confusion contributes to the emergence of further problems that only make the state of affairs worse. For example, in the field of education, instead of adjusting the outcomes of academic process, the government lowers the standard so that the gap would not be so visible. This surely is a dramatic misunderstanding if the fundamental elements of the issue in question.
In his article that is titled Not Just a Joke: Reflections on Free Speech, Violence and Mislabeled Heroism Tim Wise raises several questions which might interest Sowell. For example, the former argues that the notion of free speech is being often understood from the wrong position and is applied in the situations which are quite the opposite to its original meaning. Thus, he analyzes the case of Charlie Hebdo and its caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, suggesting that what the French journalists did was not an act of free speech, but rather an insulting and aggressive behavior with regard to other people, something that should not be allowed in the civilized society by no means.
The next point that Wise makes focuses on the perception of this event by the public. He argues that calling French caricaturists heroes goes against common sense as well as the very meaning of the idea of heroes. Wise uses an insulting term for such people which can not be quoted in an academic text. He points out that there is nothing heroic in hurting other people feelings, especially when this is clearly forbidden by the society. In other words, he sees that a concept which is surely an important one when it comes to shaping the morality of the entire society is being misinterpreted and the consequences of such action can be catastrophic as they distort the proper understanding of it.
It is beyond any doubt that Sowell would find the considerations of Wise quite interesting and worthy a closer examination, especially since they fall in line of his own