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Thomas Sowell: A primer on race

Posted 7/21/2014 in National Columns

Back in the heyday of the British Empire, a man from one of the colonies addressed a London audience. "Please do not do any more good in my country," he said. "We have suffered too much already from all the good that you have done."

 

Thomas Sowell: A bitter after-taste

Posted 6/17/2014 in National Columns

The news from Iraq that Islamic terrorists have now taken over cities that American troops liberated during the Iraq war must have left an especially bitter after-taste to Americans who lost a loved one who died taking one of those cities, or to a survivor who came back without an arm or leg, or with other traumas to body or mind.

 

Thomas Sowell: The Ambassador and the post office

Posted 6/3/2014 in National Columns

At one time, people in India had to get on a waiting list to buy Hindustan Motors' Ambassador automobile, even though it was an obvious copy of Britain's Morris Oxford of some decades earlier.

 

Thomas Sowell: Random thoughts

Posted 5/27/2014 in National Columns

Random thoughts on the passing scene: Will the Veterans Administration scandal wake up those people who have been blithely saying that what we need is a "single payer" system for medical care?

 

Thomas Sowell: Poverty and snow storms

Posted 5/20/2014 in National Columns

Many years ago, in upstate New York, there was a lady who was caught in a fierce snow storm that produced conditions called a "whiteout." That's when the snow is falling so thick and fast that all you can see in any direction is just sheer white.

 

Thomas Sowell: Chuck Stone (1924-2014)

Posted 4/17/2014 in National Columns

Black journalist Chuck Stone was one of those people whose passing makes us think, "We shall not see his like again."

 

Thomas Sowell: A tiger of a book

Posted 3/18/2014 in National Columns

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.

 

Thomas Sowell: Freedom is not free

Posted 3/5/2014 in National Columns

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.

 

Thomas Sowell: The 'fairness' fraud

Posted 2/25/2014 in National Columns

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.

 

Thomas Sowell: Cruz control?

Posted 2/18/2014 in National Columns

Freshman Senator Ted Cruz says many things that need to be said and says them well. Moreover, some of these things are what many, if not most, Americans believe wholeheartedly.

 

Thomas Sowell: The 'trickle-down' lie

Posted 1/8/2014 in National Columns

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 way down to everyone else."

 

Thomas Sowell: Christmas books

Posted 12/16/2013 in National Columns

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 handle it, before you part with your hard-earned cash for it.

 

Thomas Sowell: A challenge to our beliefs

Posted 12/3/2013 in National Columns

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.

 

Thomas Sowell: The war against achievement

Posted 11/26/2013 in National Columns

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.

 

Thomas Sowell: Tea Party at the crossroads

Posted 11/12/2013 in National Columns

Thomas Sowell: Inarticulate Republicans

Posted 10/8/2013 in National Columns

Thomas Sowell: Minimum wage madness

Posted 9/17/2013 in National Columns

Thomas Sowell: Syria and Obama

Posted 9/10/2013 in National Columns

Thomas Sowell: Serious About Syria?

Posted 9/4/2013 in National Columns

Thomas Sowell: A poignant anniversary

Posted 8/28/2013 in National Columns

 

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