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  • Thomas Sowell Quotes on Greed, Socialism, Racism, and More

    06/08/2021 4:42:12 PM PDT · by libertasbella · 18 replies
    Libertas Bella ^ | 5/14/2021 | Alex Horsman
    “There a three questions that I think would destroy most of the arguments on the left. The first is, ‘Compared to what?’ The second is, ‘At what cost?’ And the third is, ‘What hard evidence do you have?’” “Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good. In area after area—crime, education, housing, race relations—the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the...
  • The triumph of Thomas Sowell

    05/25/2021 8:47:24 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 49 replies
    New Criterion ^ | 5-25-21 | John Steele Gordon
    Thomas Sowell is one of the towering American intellectuals of our time. An economist trained at the University of Chicago and a social theorist of the first rank, he has been a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University since 1980. He has written an astonishing fifty books (if you count revised and expanded editions), numerous essays, and a long-running, twice-a-week newspaper column. Extraordinarily wide ranging, he has covered everything from the rudiments of economics to race relations, the housing crisis of 2008 to late-talking children. His best known book, Basic Economics (2000), a best-selling, chart-, graph-, and...
  • Depressed? Console yourself with the wit and wisdom of Thomas Sowell

    04/18/2021 9:11:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Aprill 18, 2021 | Bill Hansmann
    In troubled times such as these in which we now find ourselves, it is rewarding to reread the words of great individuals who offer comfort and hope. One of those greats is the economist Thomas Sowell. He has said and written so many undeniable truths that it is daunting to select a few that stand out. Nevertheless, I will try. "Ours may become the first civilization destroyed not by the power of our enemies, but by the ignorance of our teachers and the dangerous ignorance they are teaching our children. In an age of artificial intelligence, they are creating artificial...
  • Thomas Sowell: A Beacon of Reason in a Nonsensical World

    01/31/2021 3:27:28 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    Intellectual Takeout ^ | 31 Jan 2018 | Jon Hänschen
    When I hear the name Thomas Sowell, it gets my immediate attention. Dr. Sowell, recently retired from his position as Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, is an American economist turned social theorist, political philosopher, and best-selling author. Born in North Carolina in 1930, Sowell grew up in Harlem, New York. He dropped out of high school at age 17 due to financial difficulties and problems at home, but went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Following the war, he received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1958....
  • Thomas Sowell documentary

    01/27/2021 10:41:24 AM PST · by cuban leaf · 7 replies
    Free to choose network ^ | 1/25/2021 | free to choose network
    This is a video documentary on Thomas Sowell that I highly recommend.
  • The Unheavenly City at Fifty. Edward Banfield's book was ahead of its time––and ours.

    12/06/2020 6:00:15 AM PST · by karpov · 28 replies
    Claremont Review of Books ^ | Fall 2020 | Thomas Sowell
    Somewhere Winston Churchill said that all wisdom is not new wisdom. That is certainly true of Edward C. Banfield’s landmark book, The Unheavenly City, published 50 years ago. Many, if not most, of the people discussing urban problems today have not yet caught up to what Banfield said half a century ago. Education is a classic example. People on both sides of many education issues today would be appalled at Banfield’s plain-spoken truths. While people on one side of education issues speak of “inclusion” and “diversity,” people on the other side say such things as “no child left behind.” Banfield,...
  • Walter E. Williams 1936-2020

    12/02/2020 7:21:22 PM PST · by rktman · 53 replies ^ | 12/2/2020 | Thomas Sowell
    Walter Williams loved teaching. Unlike too many other teachers today, he made it a point never to impose his opinions on his students. Those who read his syndicated newspaper columns know that he expressed his opinions boldly and unequivocally there. But not in the classroom. Walter once said he hoped that, on the day he died, he would have taught a class that day. And that is just the way it was, when he died on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. He was my best friend for half a century. There was no one I trusted more or whose integrity I...
  • Black Education Matters

    10/30/2020 3:59:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | October 30, 2020 | Thomas Sowell
    Most Americans would probably be shocked and angry if they knew all the dirty tricks used to sabotage charter schools that are successfully educating low-income minority children. This is not "systemic racism." It is plain old selfishness on the part of traditional public school officials and teachers unions protecting their own vested interests. Most of us might see charter schools that succeed where traditional public schools have failed as welcome news, especially in minority communities where there is so much bad news. But, when there are a million public school students on waiting lists to get into charter schools nationwide,...
  • Thomas Sowell DEBUNKS the Legacy of Slavery Argument

    10/15/2020 3:22:22 PM PDT · by Shark24 · 10 replies
    You tube ^ | Oct 14th 2020 | Thomas Sowell
    In this video Thomas Sowell quashes the legacy of slavery argument that liberals use to explain disparities between blacks and whites in the United States.
  • Thom. Sowell: 1 Generation of Welfare Destroyed the Black Family 100s of Years of Slavery & Jim Crow Couldn't

    08/31/2020 9:08:30 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 13 replies
    Freep | 08-31-2020 | CharlesOconnell
    Video: Wealth, Poverty, and Politics by Thomas Sowell, queued at 19:51 / 43:06 "Centuries of slavery, and generations of Jim Crow, did not destroy the Black family. But 1 generation of the welfare state did." Black culture is extremely traditional. "Change for its own sake" has little internal cultural appeal. Black families had a higher rate of two-parent, biologically intact households than whites, and a lower divorce* rate. Until The Great Society said, "quit your job, close your barbershop, go down to City Hall and get FREE MONEY -- but Dads (who teach young boys to be men) have to...
  • The Nonconformist: Over a lifetime of scholarship and public engagement, economist Thomas Sowell has illuminated controversial topics such as race, poverty, and culture.

    08/03/2020 8:46:20 AM PDT · by karpov · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2020 | Coleman Hughes
    Measured by his contributions to economics, political theory, and intellectual history, Thomas Sowell ranks among the towering intellects of our time. Yet, rare among such thinkers, Sowell manages never to provoke, in the reader, the feeling of being towered over. As Kevin Williamson observed, Sowell is “that rarest of things among serious academics: plainspoken.” From 1991 until 2016, his nationally syndicated column set the bar for clear writing, though the topics he covered were often complex. “Too many academics write as if plain English is beneath their dignity,” Sowell once said, “and some seem to regard logic as an unconstitutional...
  • Thomas Sowell on Charter Schools: Education for Students, Not Unions

    07/14/2020 8:11:27 AM PDT · by karpov · 11 replies
    American Spectator ^ | July 14, 2020 | Bob Luddy
    Thomas Sowell is a truth seeker who grew up in Harlem and is one of the wisest men of our times. In his new book, Charter Schools and Their Enemies — published on June 30, 2020, his 90th birthday — he exposes the hypocrisy of our politicians, teachers’ unions, and public school bureaucrats. To do so, Sowell compares New York City’s charter schools to its public ones. For example, Success Academy (47 New York City schools) and KIPP Academy (15 NYC schools), both public charter schools, have established the best K-12 schools in Harlem and have demonstrated the ability to...
  • Walter Williams: Thomas Sowell, an Underappreciated American Scholar

    06/30/2020 8:17:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 30, 2020 | Walter E. Williams
    Dr. Thomas Sowell has been both a friend and a colleague of mine for over a half-century. On June 30, he will have completed his 90th year of life, and I want to highlight some important features of that life. Sowell was born in Gastonia, North Carolina, in 1930. As part of the great black migration northward during the 1930s and '40s, he and his family moved to Harlem, New York. Sowell attended the prestigious Stuyvesant High School, but dropped out. In 1951, he was drafted into the military and assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps, where he became a...
  • Happy 90th birthday, Thomas Sowell!

    06/30/2020 7:54:11 AM PDT · by Our man in washington · 18 replies
    Thomas Sowell, one of The godfathers of American conservatism, turns 90 today. If you’ve never read of any his books, pick any of them and give yourself a treat!
  • Dr. Sowell Asks A Simple Question

    06/23/2020 5:30:53 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 13 replies
    MOTUS ^ | 6-23-20 | MOTUS
    Some of us of a certain age have been asking the same question for a long while now. Since when are Americans so compliant, so acquiescent, so, so…fearful? Historians of the future will have a hard time figuring out how so many organized groups of strident jackasses succeeded in leading us around by the nose and morally intimidating the majority into silence. — Thomas Sowell (@ThomasSowell) June 22, 2020 Worse than silent really, complicit. Whether we are talking about COVID or BLM, facemasks or prostration, people can’t wait to get onboard the train. Good training for your lives under Islam...
  • Charter Schools’ Enemies Block Black Success. Teachers unions are gaining in their fight to stop students and resources from moving toward what works.

    06/18/2020 7:37:36 PM PDT · by karpov · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 18, 2020 | Thomas Sowell
    For decades, there has been widespread anxiety over how, when or whether the educational test score gap between white and non-white youngsters could be closed. But that gap has already been closed by the Success Academy charter school network in New York City. Their predominantly black and Hispanic students already pass tests in mathematics and English at a higher rate than any school district in the entire state. That includes predominantly white and Asian school districts where parental income is some multiple of what it is among Success Academy students. New York’s charter school students are predominantly black and Hispanic,...
  • Quotes from Thomas Sowell on racism & politics

    06/10/2020 5:53:54 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    People sometimes ask if I have tried to convince black “leaders” to take a different view on racial issues. Of course not. I wouldn't spend my time trying to persuade the mafia to give up crime. Why should I spend time trying to convince race hustlers to give up victimhood? * * * * * * * * * * A higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It was Republicans whose “Philadelphia Plan” in the 1970s sought to break the construction unions' racial barriers that...
  • This Juneteenth, Read 'The Real History of Slavery'

    06/17/2019 8:06:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies ^ | 6/17/2019 | Robert Maranto
    For that reason, I commemorate Juneteenth by re-reading Thomas Sowell’s classic essay, “The Real History of Slavery,” written in part to debunk popular misconceptions spread by the likes of Alex Haley’s Roots. A part of his collection of mainly original essays in Black Rednecks and White Liberals, Sowell's essay teaches politically incorrect lessons no longer taught in higher education or pop culture. First, slavery impoverished rather than built societies, by stigmatizing work and thrift while exalting as role models a slave-owning leisure class. In some respects, slave owners were like Hollywood stars, widely envied, and notorious for their conspicuous consumption...
  • Sowell obliterates 'equality of outcomes' nonsense

    05/08/2019 7:25:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 5/7/2019 | Walter Williams
    Last week’s column discussed Dr. Thomas Sowell’s newest book “Discrimination and Disparities,” which is an enlarged and revised edition of an earlier version. In this review, I am going to focus on one of his richest chapters, titled “Social Visions and Human Consequences.” Sowell challenges the seemingly invincible fallacy “that group outcomes in human endeavors would tend to be equal, or at least comparable or random, if there were no biased interventions, on the one hand, nor genetic deficiencies, on the other.” But disparate impact statistics carries the day among academicians, lawyers and courts as evidence of discrimination.
  • RETURN OF THE SOWELL MAN: The best economist is black, and he’s back in the battle.

    03/11/2019 12:26:06 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 47 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | March 11, 2019 | Lloyd Billingsley
    “Even the best things come to an end,” wrote Thomas Sowell in a December, 2016, column headlined “Farewell.” At the age of 86, the great economist had decided to stop writing his column and “spend less time following politics and more time on my photography.” Since then, Sowell has been rather quiet, but current political trends have prompted him to re-emerge. “Socialism is a wonderful sounding idea,” Sowell recently told Fox Business. “It’s only as a reality that it’s disastrous.” A former Marxist, Sowell began to see the difference between reality and rhetoric. “When you see people starving in Venezuela...