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Thomas Sowell

Charlatans, sheep drive the numbers game

One of the many painful signs of the mindlessness of our times was a recent section of The Wall Street Journal, built around the theme “What’s Holding Women Back in the Workplace?” Whenever some group is not equally represented in some institution or activity, the automatic response in some quarters is to assume that someone […]

October 10, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 3 Replies

Facts expose affordable housing fraud

Nowhere has there been so much hand-wringing over a lack of “affordable housing,” as among politicians and others in coastal California. And nobody has done more to make housing unaffordable than those same politicians and their supporters. A recent survey showed that the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco was just […]

October 03, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 6 Replies

The political left has its pope

Pope Francis has created political controversy, both inside and outside the Catholic Church, by blaming capitalism for many of the problems of the poor. We see more of the same during his visit to the United States. The pope is part of a larger trend of the rise of the political left among Catholic intellectuals. […]

Why have elections?

In a country with more than 300 million people, it is remarkable how obsessed the media have become with just one – Donald Trump. What is even more remarkable is that, after six years of repeated disasters, both domestically and internationally, under a glib egomaniac in the White House, so many potential voters are turning […]

Distinction exists between opportunity, outcomes

A hostile review of my new book – “Wealth, Poverty and Politics” – said, “there is apparently no level of inequality of income or opportunity that Thomas Sowell would consider unacceptable.” Ordinarily, reviewers who miss the whole point of a book they are reviewing can be ignored. But this particular confusion about what opportunity means […]

September 17, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 8 Replies

Past, future collide with refugee crisis

The refugee crisis in Europe is one of those human tragedies for which there are no real solutions, despite how many shrill voices in the media may denounce those who fail to come up with a solution. Some options may be better than others, but there is nothing that can honestly be called a solution. […]

September 12, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Presidential candidates offer revealing clues

Even those of us who are not supporters of either Donald Trump or Jeb Bush can learn something by comparing how each of these men handled people who tried to disrupt their question-and-answer period after a speech. After Bush’s speech, hecklers from a group called “Black Lives Matter” caused Bush to simply leave the scene. […]

September 05, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Immigration excuses just that – excuses

One of the most lame excuses for doing nothing is that we can’t do everything. Such excuses have been repeated endlessly, even by some conservatives, when it comes to illegal immigration. We can’t deport millions of illegal immigrants already living in the country, some say, so the wise thing is to just learn to live […]

August 22, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

GOP engages in debatable ‘debates’

The so-called “debates,” among too many Republicans to have a debate, are yet another painful sign of how much words and ideas have degenerated in our times. No one expects these televised sound bites and “gotcha” questions to be anything like the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates on the momentous national issue of slavery. But the mob […]

August 15, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

The Donald may well be Democrats’ Trump card

With Hillary Clinton’s multiple misdeeds coming to light and causing her political problems, reflected in her declining support in the polls, both she and the Democratic Party have reason to be concerned. But both of them may yet be rescued by “The Donald,” who can turn out to be their Trump card. Donald Trump has […]

August 08, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

It’s a case of documented irresponsibility

People who entered the United States illegally may be called “undocumented” in politically correct circles, but what is all too well documented is the utter irresponsibility of both political parties in dealing with immigration issues. Both Democratic and Republican administrations have left the border with Mexico porous for years – porous not just for Mexicans […]

August 01, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Fact-free left ignores tangible evidence

The outrage over another multiple murder of American military personnel on American soil by another Islamic extremist has been exacerbated by the fact that these military people had been ordered to be unarmed – and therefore sitting ducks. Millions of American civilians have also been forbidden to have guns, and are also sitting ducks – […]

July 25, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Is the Civil War over?

In the wake of the recent killings in a South Carolina church, the killer’s hope of igniting a race war produced the opposite effect. Blacks and whites in South Carolina came together to condemn his act and the race hate behind it. Some saw in the decision to remove the Confederate flag from in front […]

July 18, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Looking back on 85 years

After my 85th birthday a little more than a week ago, I looked back over my life and was surprised to discover in how many different ways I had been lucky, in addition to some other ways in which I was unlucky. Among the things I did not know at the time was that I […]

July 11, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Supreme Court decisions dismantle our freedom

Many people are looking at the recent Supreme Court decisions about “Obamacare” and same-sex marriage in terms of whether they think these are good or bad policies. That is certainly a legitimate concern, for both those who favor those policies and those who oppose them. But there is a deeper and more long-lasting impact of […]

July 04, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Left engaged in what could be called micro-totalitarianism

The political left has come up with a new buzzword: “micro-aggression.” Professors at the University of California, Berkeley have been officially warned against saying such things as “America is the land of opportunity.” Why? Because this is considered to be an act of “micro-aggression” against minorities and women. Supposedly it shows that you don’t take […]

June 20, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Who lost Iraq?

After the pro-Western government of China was forced to flee to the island of Taiwan in 1949, when the Communists took over mainland China, bitter recriminations in Washington led to the question: “Who lost China?” China was, of course, never ours to lose, though it might be legitimate to ask if a different American policy […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

They’re paying the price

Baltimore is now paying the price for irresponsible words and actions, not only by young thugs in the streets, but also by its mayor and the state prosecutor, both of whom threw the police to the wolves, in order to curry favor with local voters. Now murders in Baltimore in May have been more than […]

June 06, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Graduation gifts to consider

This is the season of college graduations, and many people may be wondering what kinds of gifts would be most appropriate for young people leaving the world of academia and heading out to face the challenges and opportunities of adulthood in the real world. Given the narrow range of left to far left views of […]

May 30, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Government never just ‘asks’ for money

In a recent panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama gave another demonstration of his mastery of rhetoric – and disregard of reality. One of the ways of fighting poverty, he proposed, was to “ask from society’s lottery winners” that they make a “modest investment” in government programs to help the poor. […]

May 23, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Race, politics and lies

Among the many painful ironies in the current racial turmoil is that communities scattered across the country were disrupted by riots and looting because of the demonstrable lie that Michael Brown was shot in the back by a white policeman in Missouri – but there was not nearly as much turmoil created by the demonstrable […]

May 09, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Europe infuses fashionable notions into antitrust law

We all make mistakes and some of us learn from them. What is even better is to learn from other people’s mistakes, where they pay for those mistakes while we learn free of charge. Many Americans who say that we should learn from other people, especially Europeans, mean that we should imitate what they did. […]

May 02, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Chaos in the primaries

Painful as it is to realize that both the Democrats and the Republicans will still be holding their primaries a year from now, that is one of the high prices we pay for democracy. Seldom does the initial “front-runner” in either party’s primaries end up being the actual candidate when Election Day rolls around. However, […]

April 25, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

President a success or failure?

Those people who say that President Barack Obama has no clear vision and no clear strategy for dealing with the ISIS terrorists in the Middle East may be mistaken. It seems to me that he has a very clear and very consistent strategy. And a vision behind that strategy. First the strategy – which is […]

September 14, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Irresponsible choices have consequences

The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people “moderately disapprove” of Barack Obama’s performance as president and 39 percent “strongly disapprove.” Since Obama won two presidential elections, chances are that some of those who now “strongly disapprove” of what he has done voted to put him in office. We all make mistakes, […]

September 07, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Facts vs. visions, and real outcomes

The political left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the 18th century. So it is not surprising that they are now arguing that heavily armed or aggressive police forces only inflame protesters and thus provoke violence. Statisticians have long warned that correlation is not causation, but they have apparently warned […]

August 31, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Media, mob trample rule of law

Those of us who admit that we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be in the minority. We all know what has happened since then – and it has been a complete disgrace by politicians, the media and mobs […]

August 24, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Attacks on achievement leave real problems unchallenged

New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, like so many others who call themselves “progressive,” is gung-ho to solve social problems. In fact, he is currently on a crusade to solve an educational problem that doesn’t exist, even though there are plenty of other educational problems that definitely do exist. The nonexistent problem is the use […]

August 17, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Is thinking now obsolete?

Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era. But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era. Many people in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are staging angry protests against Israel’s military action in Gaza. One of […]

August 10, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,

Cease the Israel-Gaza cease-fires

Many years ago, on my first trip around the world, I was struck by how the children in the Middle East – Arab and Israeli alike – were among the nicest looking little children I had seen anywhere. It was painful to think that they were going to grow up killing each other. But that […]

August 03, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged ,
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