About THOMAS SOWELL
Thomas Sowell is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution.
Sowell’s current research focuses on cultural history in a world perspective, a subject on which he began to write a trilogy in 1982. The trilogy includes Race and Culture (1994), Migrations and Cultures (1996), and Conquests and Cultures (1998).
Sowell's journalistic writings include a nationally syndicated column that appears in more than 150 newspapers from Boston to Honolulu. Some of these essays have been collected in book form, most recently in Controversial Essays published by the Hoover Institution Press.
Readers can find a complete archive of Thomas Sowell's recent columns here.
- Columnist - Creators Syndicate
11/28/2007 - current
Thomas Sowell: Affirmative-action facts refute what liberals believe is best
Published 01/20/2013 at 4 a.m.
There is no question that liberals do an impressive job of expressing ...
Thomas Sowell: Subsidizing bad decisions: ‘compassion’ at taxpayer expense
Published 03/10/2009 at 6 p.m.
Now that the federal government has decided to bail out homeowners in trouble, with mortgage loans up to $729,000, that raises some questions that ought to be asked, but are seldom being asked.
Thomas Sowell: Crime and rhetoric: rehashing the failed philosophy of the '60s
Published 10/21/2007 at 8:08 p.m.
Oakland, Calif., continues to suffer the high crime rate, and especially the high murder rate, which has long afflicted that city. Judging by a recent speech by its current mayor, longtime leftist Ron Dellums, it can look forward to a ...
Thomas Sowell: Cultural heritages shouldn’t restrict youths’ future
Published 06/27/2007 at 7:10 p.m.
Among the interesting people my wife and I encountered during some recent vacation travel were a small group of adolescent boys from a Navajo reservation. They were being led on a bicycle tour by a couple of white men, one ...
Thomas Sowell: Program’s problem: Are they guest workers or home invaders?
Published 06/18/2007 at 5:20 p.m.
People who are pushing for a “guest worker” program show not the slightest interest in what has been happening under guest worker programs in Europe. Facts are apparently irrelevant.
Thomas Sowell: Tearing up our nation; missing GOP outrage; sailing with Nader
Published 05/02/2007 at 5:03 p.m.
Random thoughts on the passing scene: Sometimes it seems as if everybody is trying to rip off his own little piece of America, until we are all torn apart.
Thomas Sowell: Priceless politics: The poor shield San Francisco’s golf courses
Published 02/21/2007 at midnight
Among the many rationales used to defend the welfare state, the most powerful is that it is necessary, in order to take care of the poor and the downtrodden. But the amount of money required to bring every poor person ...
Thomas Sowell: All the ‘News’? Twisting data to fit left’s anti-marriage ideology
Published 02/07/2007 at 12:01 a.m.
The latest in a long line of New York Times editorials disguised as “news” stories was a recent article suggesting that most American women today do not have husbands. Partly this was based on census data — but much more ...
Thomas Sowell: The dangerous obsession with income ‘disparities’
Published 01/06/2007 at 12:01 a.m.
The media and academia are continuously obsessed with “gaps” and “disparities” in income. As one talk show host put it, “It makes no sense” that a corporate executive makes over $50 million a year.
Thomas Sowell: A dangerous obsession: The few, the loud, the ignorant
Published 12/28/2006 at 12:01 a.m.
Perhaps it is one of the fruits of the “self-esteem” emphasis in our schools that so many people feel confident to voice strong convictions about things they know little or nothing about — or, worse yet, are misinformed about.
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