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Author Archive: Thomas Sowell

Reaction to Supreme Court decision reveals left’s halo of selfishness

The recent Supreme Court decision overruling some Federal Election Commission restrictions on political campaign contributions has provoked angry reactions on the left. That is what often happens whenever the High Court rules that the First Amendment means what it says – free speech for everybody. When the Supreme Court declared in 2010 that both unions […]

How foreign is our policy?

Many people are lamenting the bad consequences of Barack Obama’s foreign policy, and some are questioning his competence. There is much to lament, and much to fear. Multiple setbacks to American interests have been brought on by Obama’s policies in Libya, Egypt, Syria, Crimea and – above all – in what seems almost certain to […]

Republicans need new approach to woo blacks

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently added her voice to those who have long been urging the Republican Party to reach out to black voters. Not only is that long overdue, what is also long overdue is putting some time – and, above all, some serious thought – into how to go about doing […]

‘Tiger’ of a book undercuts social mobility mantra

Professor Amy Chua of the Yale law school is better known as a “Tiger Mom” because of her take-no-prisoners, tough love approach to raising children. She and her husband Jed Rubenfeld (a fellow Yale law professor) have written what may turn out to be the best book of this year. It is titled “The Triple […]

It’s the left versus minorities

If anyone wanted to pick a time and place where the political left’s avowed concern for minorities was definitively exposed as a fraud, it would be now – and the place would be New York City, where far left Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched an attack on charter schools, cutting their funding, among other […]

Freedom is not free

There may be something to the claim that all people want to be free. But it is a demonstrable fact that freedom has been under attack, usually successfully, for thousands of years. The Federal Communications Commission’s recent plan to have a “study” of how editorial decisions are made in the media, placing FCC bureaucrats in […]

‘Fairness’ doctrine rife with fraud

It seems as if, everywhere you turn these days, there are studies claiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for people born in the lower socioeconomic levels. But there is a sharp difference between upward “mobility,” defined as an opportunity to rise, and mobility defined as actually having risen. That distinction is […]

Another galling betrayal in Afghanistan

The Afghanistan government’s recent release of dozens of imprisoned terrorists, many of whom had killed Americans, was a galling betrayal of those Americans who died defending Afghanistan against the Taliban terrorists – as well as those Americans who have returned home with arms or legs missing, or with minds traumatized beyond repair. If we learn […]

February 23, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 6 Replies

Some random thoughts are worth pondering

It is amazing how many people still fall for the argument that, if life is unfair, the answer is to turn more money and power over to politicians. Since life has always been unfair, for thousands of years and in countries around the world, where does that lead us? I am so old that I […]

Republicans to the rescue?

Some supporters of President Obama may be worried about how he and the Democrats are going to fare politically, as the problems of the Affordable Care Act continue to escalate, and it looks like the Republicans have a chance to win a majority in the Senate. But Democrats may not need to worry so much. […]

February 09, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 8 Replies

Inequality bogeyman still rears ugly head

During a recent lunch in a restaurant, someone complimented my wife on the perfume she was wearing. But I was wholly unaware that she was wearing perfume, even though we had been in a car together for about half an hour, driving to the restaurant. My sense of smell is very poor. But there is […]

History shows liberals’ visceral response to opposition

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a four-part series on the topic of fact-free liberals. One of the things that attracted me to the political left, as a young man, was a belief that leftists were for “the people.” Fortunately, I was also very interested in the history of ideas – and years of […]

Liberals ignore true consequences of actions

Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part series on the topic of fact-free liberals. The final installment will publish Sunday. Since this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the “war on poverty,” we can expect many comments and commemorations of this landmark legislation in the development of the American welfare state. The […]

Minimum wage debate rages sans facts

Editor’s note: This is the second in a four-part series on the topic of fact-free liberals. Words seem to carry far more weight than facts among those liberals who argue as if rent control laws actually control rents and gun control laws actually control guns. It does no good to point out to them that […]

Rhetoric remains the liberals’ strong suit

Editor’s note: This is the first in a four-part series on the topic of fact-free liberals. Someone summarized Barack Obama in three words – “educated,” “smart” and “ignorant.” Unfortunately, those same three words would describe all too many of the people who come out of our most prestigious colleges and universities today. President Obama seems […]

Politics versus education in Obama administration

Anyone who has still not yet understood the utter cynicism of the Obama administration in general, and Attorney General Eric Holder in particular, should look at the Justice Department’s latest interventions in education. If there is one thing that people all across the ideological spectrum should be able to agree on, it is that better […]

January 19, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 3 Replies

NJ traffic yields insight into Christie, Hillary, Obama

The first time I saw New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on television, a few years ago, my first reaction was astonishment: “A talking Republican!” It would scarcely have been more astonishing if there had been a talking giraffe. For reasons unknown, most Republican leaders seem to pay very little attention to articulation – certainly as […]

The ‘trickle-down’ lie

New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, in his inaugural speech, denounced people “on the far right” who “continue to preach the virtue of trickle-down economics.” According to Mayor de Blasio, “They believe that the way to move forward is to give more to the most fortunate, and that somehow the benefits will work their […]

New year includes old problems

Whenever we stand on the threshold of a new year, we are tempted to forget the hazards of prophecy, and try to see what may lie on the other side of this arbitrary division of time. Sometimes we are content to try to change ourselves with New Year’s resolutions to do better in some respect. […]

January 05, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 3 Replies

Who shut down the government?

Even when it comes to something as basic, and apparently as simple and straightforward, as the question of who shut down the federal government, there are diametrically opposite answers, depending on whether you talk to Democrats or to Republicans. There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the […]

Dangerous ‘knockout game’ nothing new to US

New York City police authorities are investigating a series of unprovoked physical attacks in public places on people who are Jewish, in the form of what is called “the knockout game.” The way the game is played, one of a number of young blacks decides to show that he can knock down some stranger on […]

December 22, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Consider books as Christmas gifts

As Christmas approaches, the shopping mall can become a shopping maul. One of the ways of buying gifts for family and friends, without becoming part of a mob scene in the stores, is to shop on the Internet. However, for many kinds of gifts, you want to be able to see it directly, and perhaps […]

New data pose challenge to our beliefs

Depressing news about black students scoring far below white students on various mental tests has become so familiar that people in different parts of the ideological spectrum have long ago developed their different explanations for why this is so. But both may have to do some rethinking, in light of radically different news from England. […]

Random thoughts on the passing scene

Many people take pride in defying the conventions of society. Those conventions of society are also known as civilization. Defying them wholesale means going back to barbarism. Barbarians with electronic devices are still barbarians. After the government shutdown crisis, the one thing that congressional Democrats and Republicans finally agreed on was to kick the can […]

War against achievement rages on

A friend recently sent me a link to an inspiring video about an upbeat young black man who was born without arms. It showed him going to work – unlike the record number of people living on government payments for “disabilities” that are far less serious, if not fictitious. How is this young man getting […]

Tea party’s at the crossroads

Third parties have had an unbroken record of failure in American presidential politics. So it was refreshing to see in the tea party an insurgent movement, mainly of people who were not professional politicians, but who nevertheless had the good sense to see that their only chance of getting their ideals enacted into public policies […]

‘New’ health care program not so new

Like so many things that seem new, the Affordable Care Act is in many ways old wine in new bottles. For example, when confronted with the fact that millions of Americans stand to lose their existing medical insurance, as a result of Obamacare, defenders of Obamacare say that this is true only when those people […]

November 10, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Should we throw the rascals out?

Polls indicate that the public is so disgusted with Washington politicians of both parties that a surprisingly large proportion of the people would like to get rid of the whole lot of them. It is certainly understandable that the voters would like to “throw the rascals out.” But there is no point in throwing the […]

Race hustlers shut doors that are open

Years ago, someone said that, according to the laws of aerodynamics, bumblebees cannot fly. But the bumblebees, not knowing the laws of aerodynamics, go ahead and fly anyway. Something like that happens among people. There have been many ponderous academic writings and dour editorials in the mainstream media, lamenting that most people born poor cannot […]

October 27, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

Yellen nod a return to Keynes?

The nomination of Janet Yellen to become head of the Federal Reserve System has set off a flurry of media stories. Since she will be the first woman to occupy that position, we can only hope that this will not mean that any criticism of what she does will be attributed to sex bias or […]

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