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  • FIRING LINE 21ST CENTURY w/host THOMAS SOWELL (a proposal)

    04/20/2017 10:49:55 AM PDT · by jobim · 9 replies
    vanity | 4/20/2017 | vanity
    With the focus on political talk shows in the wake of the BOR episode, it's a good time to consider another format, one that Buckley kept alive 33 years.
  • Sowell: The Real Lessons of Middlebury College

    03/13/2017 12:52:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2017 | Thomas Sowell
    Many people seem shocked at the recent savagery of a mob of students at Middlebury College, who rioted to prevent Charles Murray from addressing a student group who had invited him to speak. They also inflicted injuries requiring hospitalization on a woman from the faculty who was with him. Where have all these shocked people been all these years? What happened at Middlebury College has been happening for decades, all across the country, from Berkeley to Harvard. Moreover, even critics of the Middlebury College rioters betray some of the same irresponsible mindset as that of the young rioters. The moral...
  • Sowell: Education at a Crossroads: Part II

    02/04/2017 12:31:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2017 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the painful realities of our time is that most public schools in most low-income, inner-city neighborhoods produce educational outcomes that are far below the outcomes in other neighborhoods, and especially in more affluent neighborhoods. Attempts to assign blame are too numerous to name, much less explore. But as someone who has, for more than 40 years, been researching those particular minority schools that have been successful, I am struck both by their success and by how varied are the ways that success has been achieved. In doing research for a 1976 article, "Patterns of Black Excellence," I discovered...
  • Sowell: Education at a Crossroads

    02/04/2017 12:22:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2017 | Thomas Sowell
    In just a matter of days -- perhaps next Monday -- a decision will be made in Washington affecting the futures of millions of children in low-income communities, and in the very troubled area of race relations in America. An opportunity has arisen -- belatedly -- that may not come again in this generation. That is an opportunity to greatly expand the kinds of schools that have successfully educated, to a high level, inner-city youngsters whom the great bulk of public schools fail to educate to even minimally adequate levels. What may seem on the surface to be merely a...
  • Thank You, Professor Sowell

    12/28/2016 4:21:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2016 | Michelle Malkin
    I first read Thomas Sowell in college -- no thanks to my college. At the majority of America's institutions of "higher learning," reading Thomas Sowell was a subversive act in the early 1990s when I was a student. It remains so today. Why? Because the prolific libertarian economist's vast body of work is a clarion rejection of all the liberal intelligentsia hold dear. Among the left's most corrosive ideas is the concept of perpetual and permanent racial victimhood, which social engineers pretend to rectify through federally mandated, taxpayer-subsidized preferential policies. Sowell's groundbreaking academic analyses of these programs in the...
  • Farewell

    12/27/2016 4:33:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Even the best things come to an end. After enjoying a quarter of a century of writing this column for Creators Syndicate, I have decided to stop. Age 86 is well past the usual retirement age, so the question is not why I am quitting, but why I kept at it so long. It was very fulfilling to be able to share my thoughts on the events unfolding around us, and to receive feedback from readers across the country -- even if it was impossible to answer them all. Being old-fashioned, I liked to know what the facts were...
  • Farewell (Dr. Thomas Sowell retires)

    12/26/2016 11:12:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 66 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 27, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Even the best things come to an end. After enjoying a quarter of a century of writing this column for Creators Syndicate, I have decided to stop. Age 86 is well past the usual retirement age, so the question is not why I am quitting, but why I kept at it so long. It was very fulfilling to be able to share my thoughts on the events unfolding around us, and to receive feedback from readers across the country — even if it was impossible to answer them all. Being old-fashioned, I liked to know what the facts were before...
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts, Looking Back

    12/26/2016 11:11:39 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 27, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Any honest man, looking back on a very long life, must admit — even if only to himself — being a relic of a bygone era. Having lived long enough to have seen both "the greatest generation" that fought World War II and the gratingest generation that we see all around us today, makes being a relic of the past more of a boast than an admission. Not everything in the past was admirable. Poet W.H. Auden called the 1930s "a low dishonest decade." So were the 1960s, which launched many of the trends we are experiencing so painfully today....
  • Sowell: The 'Diversity' Fraud

    12/19/2016 3:42:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 20, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Nothing so epitomizes the politically correct gullibility of our times as the magic word "diversity." The wonders of diversity are proclaimed from the media, extolled in the academy and confirmed in the august chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States. But have you ever seen one speck of hard evidence to support the lofty claims? Although diversity has become one of the leading buzzwords of our time, it has a history that goes back several generations. In the early twentieth century, the principle of geographic diversity was used to conceal bias against Jews in the admission of students...
  • Sowell: A Public Service

    12/19/2016 12:44:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 20, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Sometimes someone inadvertently performs a public service by bringing an unbelievably stupid and dangerous idea to the surface, where it can be exposed for what it is. The New York Times can be credited — if that is the word — with performing this public service in a recent editorial against proposals to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed guns. They refer to what they call the National Rifle Association's "fantasy that citizens can stand up to gunmen by shooting it out." Nobody has suggested any such thing. Data collected over many years — but almost never seeing the light...
  • Sowell: Where Are We?

    12/12/2016 2:01:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 13, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    We are now in a kind of political no-man's-land between an administration on its way out and a new administration taking shape. Predictions are always risky — and nowhere more so than in times like these. What we can do, however, is assess where we are, and what some of the opportunities and dangers are. The opportunities are many, which is to say that many things are in desperate need of changing, beginning with rebuilding our dangerously neglected and undermined military forces. The monstrosity of ObamaCare needs to be gotten rid of, not just cosmetically adjusted. Our fundamental freedoms under...
  • Sowell: The Left's Gambles

    12/06/2016 10:32:24 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Sometimes life forces us to make decisions, even when we don't have enough information to know how the decision will turn out. The risks may be even greater when people make decisions for other people. Yet there are some who are not only willing, but eager, to take decisions away from those who are directly affected. Something as personal as what doctor we want to go to has been taken out of our hands by ObamaCare. What job offer, at what pay rate, someone wants to accept has been taken out of their hands by minimum wage laws. Sick people...
  • Sowell: Football and Fallacies

    11/23/2016 2:43:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 23, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    This is a football story with both political and legal implications. It was fourth down in a National Football League game, and the punting team came onto the field. The other team went into their formation to defend against the punt. Then somebody noticed that the man set to kick the punt was black. "Fake!" one of the defenders cried out. That cry was immediately echoed by others, and the defending team changed their formation, to guard against the kicker either running with the ball or throwing it. But in fact he punted. Why did anyone think he was not...
  • Backward-Looking 'Progressives'

    11/22/2016 10:59:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 22, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    People who call themselves "progressives" claim to be forward-looking, but a remarkable amount of the things they say and do are based on looking backward. One of the maddening aspects of the thinking, or non-thinking, on the political left is their failure to understand that there is nothing they can do about the past. Whether people on the left are talking about college admissions or criminal justice, or many other decisions, they go on and on about how some people were born with lesser chances in life than other people. Whoever doubted it? But, once someone who has grown up...
  • Sowell: Has Economics Failed?

    10/31/2016 4:19:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 1, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    It is especially painful for me, as an economist, to see that two small cities in northern California — San Mateo and Burlingame — have rent control proposals on the ballot this election year. There are various other campaigns, in other places around the country, for and against minimum wage laws, which likewise make me wonder if the economics profession has failed to educate the public in the most elementary economic lessons. Neither rent control nor minimum wage laws — nor price control laws in general — are new. Price control laws go back as far as ancient Egypt and...
  • Sowell: The Left's Vision

    10/31/2016 2:14:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 1, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    The political left keeps announcing, as if it is a new breakthrough discovery of theirs, that life is unfair. Have they never read Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," more than two and a half centuries ago? What about economic historian David S. Landes' statement: "The world has never been a level playing field"? In the joint autobiography of Milton Friedman and his wife Rose, they say: "Everywhere in the world there are gross inequities of income and wealth. They offend most of us. Few can fail to be moved by the contrast between the luxury enjoyed by...
  • Thomas Sowell: The Left's Phony Compassion For The Downtrodden

    10/19/2016 5:23:36 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 12 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | October 18, 2016 3:25 PM ET | THOMAS SOWELL
    Claiming the role of champions of the masses is something the political left has been doing ever since there has been a political left — which is to say, ever since the late 18th century, when people with such views sat on the left side of the French National Assembly. Like so much that is claimed by the left, their compassion for the masses has seldom been subjected to any factual test. Both their words and their deeds reveal their low opinion of the people they claim to be championing. When Barack Obama referred to ordinary working people as people...
  • Sowell: The Left and the Masses

    10/17/2016 3:28:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 18, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    The greatest moral claim of the political left is that they are for the masses in general and the poor in particular. That is also their greatest fraud. It even fools many leftists themselves. One of the most recent efforts of the left is the spread of laws and policies that forbid employers from asking job applicants whether they have been arrested or imprisoned. This is said to be to help ex-cons get a job after they have served their time, and ex-cons are often either poor or black, or both. First of all, many of the left's policies to...
  • Sowell: The Left and the Masses: Part II

    10/17/2016 3:27:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 18, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    It is never easy to tell what people's motives are. But, when the political left proclaims their devotion to improving the lives of others in general, and of the poor in particular, we can at least get some clues from the way they go about it. One of the first things the left does is take away the right of other people to make their own choices. For example, under current California law, Hispanic school children cannot be taught in Spanish if their parents want them taught in English. Like parents in other immigrant groups before them, Hispanic parents tend...
  • Sowell: The Left and the Masses: Part III

    10/17/2016 3:26:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 18, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Claiming the role of champions of the masses is something the political left has been doing ever since there has been a political left — which is to say, ever since the late 18th century, when people with such views sat on the left side of the French National Assembly. Like so much that is claimed by the left, their compassion for the masses has seldom been subjected to any factual test. Both their words and their deeds reveal their low opinion of the people they claim to be championing. When Barack Obama referred to ordinary working people as people...