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[Sowell] Economic deprogramming
The Washington Times ^ | June 26, 2004 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 06/26/2004 8:40:38 AM PDT by xsysmgr

Edited on 07/12/2004 3:42:30 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Parents worried because their children receive a steady diet of politically correct propaganda in schools and colleges often ask for suggestions of things they should get for their children to read, in hopes of deprogramming them.

Summer is a good time to let young people know that what they have been told in class is not the only side of the story or the only way to look at the world.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: bookreview; pauljohnson; peopleshistory; thomassowell

1 posted on 06/26/2004 8:40:38 AM PDT by xsysmgr
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To: xsysmgr

I like the way Sowell writes..........and thinks.

2 posted on 06/26/2004 8:49:06 AM PDT by Gabz (RIP President Ronald W. Reagan 1911-2004)
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To: expat_panama

You wanted some good conservative works on economics?? Here's an excellent list.

3 posted on 06/26/2004 8:56:43 AM PDT by SAJ (Buy 2 NGG05 8.75 calls, Sell 5 NGG05 12.00 calls against, for $800 net credit OB. Mortal lock.)
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To: xsysmgr
If they haven't done so yet, get "The Patriot" on DVD by Mel Gibson. I recently watched this again, and I cried from the beginning to the end.

Valiant and brave Americans gave so much that we could live in a free nation. But what has our traitorous education department done? They are allowing teachers to train our children to be anti-American and haters of freedom everywhere.

Just look at that pig Michael Moore. He is a product of our education system. For this pig, these brave men and women gave their lives, their properties and sacrificed their futures that this pig might be free to destroy America in 2004.

Every school child should be forced to watch this movie to help counter act the lies they have learned in public school and in Hollywood produced filth.

4 posted on 06/26/2004 9:03:35 AM PDT by swampfox98
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To: Gabz

ping to myself.

5 posted on 06/26/2004 9:09:58 AM PDT by Smogger
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To: xsysmgr
Anything by Sowell is required reading as far as I am concerned. Currently into The Vision of the Anointed. Highly recommended if you have trouble understanding how liberals can even believe their own spew.
6 posted on 06/26/2004 9:10:56 AM PDT by Aeronaut (The best view of big government is in the rearview mirror as you're driving away from it. RR)
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To: xsysmgr

there is no book more important than "The Federalist" or "The Federalist Papers," as it is sometimes called.

Also check out the Anti-Federalist Papers at:

7 posted on 06/26/2004 9:12:25 AM PDT by Abcdefg
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To: Aeronaut

His archive on even has the newer article.
I posted his bio below...because it is that impressive.

Dr.Sowell is very wise when if comes to economics and geo-political issues. So is Dr. Walter Williams. I like it when Dr. Williams Subs for Rush. Through a important contact I made, I may be able to get some advice from Dr. William's soon about choices for when I go to grad school.
I e-mailed him once on the same subject once and he replied and was a great help.
Thomas Sowell was born in North Carolina and grew up in Harlem. As with many others in his neighborhood, he left home early and did not finish high school. The next few years were difficult ones, but eventually he joined the Marine Corps and became a photographer in the Korean War. After leaving the service, Sowell entered Harvard University, worked a part-time job as a photographer and studied the science that would become his passion and profession: economics.

After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University (1958), he went on to receive his master's in economics from Columbia University (1959) and a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago (1968).

In the early '60s, Sowell held jobs as an economist with the Department of Labor and AT&T. But his real interest was in teaching and scholarship. In 1965, at Cornell University, he began the first of many professorships. His other teaching assignments include Rutgers University, Amherst University, Brandeis University and the University of California at Los Angeles, where he taught in the early '70s and also from 1984 to 1989.

Sowell has published a large volume of writing. His dozen books, as well as numerous articles and essays, cover a wide range of topics, from classic economic theory to judicial activism, from civil rights to choosing the right college. Moreover, much of his writing is considered ground-breaking -- work that will outlive the great majority of scholarship done today.

Though Sowell had been a regular contributor to newspapers in the late '70s and early '80s, he did not begin his career as a newspaper columnist until 1984. George F. Will's writing, says Sowell, proved to him that someone could say something of substance in so short a space (750 words). And besides, writing for the general public enables him to address the heart of issues without the smoke and mirrors that so often accompany academic writing.

In 1990, he won the prestigious Francis Boyer Award, presented by The American Enterprise Institute.

Currently Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute in Stanford, Calif.

Dr. Williams

Born in Philadelphia in 1936, Walter E. Williams holds a bachelor's degree in economics from California State University (1965) and a master's degree (1967) and doctorate (1972) in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

In 1980, he joined the faculty of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and is currently the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics. He has also served on the faculties of Los Angeles City College (1967-69), California State University (1967-1971) and Temple University (1973-1980). From 1963 to 1967, he was a group supervisor of juvenile delinquents for the Los Angeles County Probation Department.
More than 50 of his publications have appeared in scholarly journals such as Economic Inquiry, American Economic Review and Social Science Quarterly and popular publications such as Reader's Digest, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. He has made many TV and radio appearances on such programs as Milton Friedman's "Free to Choose," William F. Buckley's "Firing Line," "Face The Nation," "Nightline" and "Crossfire."

He is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, and South Africa's War On Capitalism.

In 1981, he began writing his weekly column called "A Minority View" for Heritage Features Syndicate. And in 1991, he joined Creators Syndicate as part of its friendly takeover of Heritage Features.

Williams sits on many advisory boards, including the Review Board of Economics Studies for the National Science Foundation, the Research Foundation, the National Tax Limitation Committee, the Taxpayer's Foundation and the Hoover Institution.

The awards and honors Williams have received are many. These include the National Fellow at the Hoover Institute of War, Revolution, and Peace; the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship; the National Service Award from the Institute for Socioeconomic Studies; and the George Washington Medal of Honor from the Valley Forge Freedom Foundation. In 1984-1985, he received the Faculty Member of the Year Award from the George Mason University Alumni. He is also a member of the American Economic Association, the Mont Pelerin Society and is a Distinguished Scholar of the Heritage Foundation.

Williams participates in many debates and conferences, is a frequent public speaker and often gives testimony before both houses of Congress

8 posted on 06/26/2004 9:26:02 AM PDT by ArmyBratproud
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To: xsysmgr

I wish I could get my kids to read.

9 posted on 06/26/2004 9:30:45 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl ("In the Kingdom of the Deluded, the Most Outrageous Liar is King".)
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To: TheSpottedOwl

Get rid of the TV and the video games. Sooner or later they will start to read.

10 posted on 06/26/2004 9:47:33 AM PDT by jacquej
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To: xsysmgr


11 posted on 06/26/2004 9:57:04 AM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (An honestly mistaken man hearing the truth, will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest.)
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John Stossel's book, "Give Me a Break" is too much like Ann Coulter's book about general media bias.  The rest sound like great books on US history and basic econ (I took those courses thank you), but what I'd love to see is a study on getting past current media spin to nail down the economy.  Walter Williams wrote stuff on religion and civil rights, and Sowell wrote econ textbooks, stuff on politics, affirmative action, etc., but nobody's got anything on getting current news on economic trends and straining out the mindless slogans.   

No problem, I just print out your posts (starting with #7, put my name on it, and publish it in Gaza so you can't sue me.

12 posted on 06/26/2004 9:58:46 AM PDT by expat_panama
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To: TheSpottedOwl
I wish I could get my kids to read.

Base any allowance or perks on reading comprehension of works you assign. Do this every week. Every week. No distractions until completed, in writing. Oral defense for extra credit.

As an aside, you will learn as much or more than the kids, and they will be suggesting topics within six weeks.

13 posted on 06/26/2004 10:02:10 AM PDT by FreedomFarmer (No, this is Shineola.)
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To: jacquej

Well this was going on with the oldest girls. There were no video games, but there was tv. Now there's the computer, Xbox, and tv. My son is reading Hunter S. Thompson's "Hells Angels" for home studies. There are also the rare times he reads articles posted here that he finds interesting.

I've also noticed that my 9 yr old uses Nickelodeon online for the spelling games. She actually picks up a book and reads it, but I need to buy her new ones. It's just that they really don't seem to enjoy reading on a regular basis.

14 posted on 06/26/2004 10:39:04 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl ("In the Kingdom of the Deluded, the Most Outrageous Liar is King".)
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To: FreedomFarmer

They don't get any allowance, or any perks. When their father and I divorced, he told them that they didn't have to help around the house. allowance.

I find that if I keep my mouth shut and be sneaky, they'll check out things on this website. My 9 yr old likes all the photoshopped pics and the "kitty threads", and my son will read about anything to do with blood and gore. I'm not referring to Algore of course.

See my reply to JackieJ, they are making an effort on their own. My 21 yr old was the worst.

15 posted on 06/26/2004 10:45:57 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl ("In the Kingdom of the Deluded, the Most Outrageous Liar is King".)
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To: xsysmgr
Sowell is the most profound thinker living today in my opinion. The man is just brilliant.

Issue after issue his common-sense suggestions based on facts and reality are wonderful to read.

I would like to see him in a adviser role in GWB second term. (perhaps he already is, just doesn't want the title).

16 posted on 06/26/2004 10:48:46 AM PDT by POA2
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To: POA2
Issue after issue his common-sense suggestions based on facts and reality

He's a scholar, the genuine article.

17 posted on 06/26/2004 6:00:26 PM PDT by tsomer
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To: xsysmgr

Thomas Sowell Bump

18 posted on 06/26/2004 7:25:46 PM PDT by RJL
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