Political theorist and economist Thomas Sowell said Thursday on "Fox & Friends" that young people no longer "look at facts" or are not properly taught in schools.

Brian Kilmeade asked Sowell about why young people continue to support socialist policies and candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders despite the disastrous results of such systems in places like the former Soviet Union and today in Venezuela.

"They no longer look at facts or the schools aren't teaching them," Sowell said.

"This great fervor for Bernie Sanders was occurring at a time when Venezuela, one of the world's largest reserves of oil, [has] people going downhill in living standards," he said.



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That news, he added, "hasn't made a dent" in the minds of the masses who are listening to what Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) are telling them.

Kilmeade also asked Sowell about his life. He noted how at a young age, Sowell moved from Gaston County, N.C. to Harlem and was forced to drop out of school at age 17, yet still ended up becoming a preeminent American scholar.

"The public school system was a lot better in those days," Sowell said, adding that people attending school in his part of Harlem have a much tougher time than he did.

Watch the interview above and check out Sowell's new book, "Discrimination and Disparities."


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