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Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Articles by Thomas Sowell

SOWELL: Pretty talk, ugly realities

No phrase represents more of a triumph of hope over experience than the phrase "Middle East peace process." A close second might be the once-fashionable notion that Israel should "trade land for peace." Published January 15, 2009

SOWELL: 'Stimulus' stratagem

Two centuries ago, when there were plans to create a huge fund of money to pay off Britain's national debt, the great classical economist David Ricardo objected on grounds that - no matter what the money was said to be for - politicians could spend it for whatever they wanted. Published January 9, 2009

SOWELL: 'Outliers' tutorial

"Outliers" are not politicians who lie even more than other politicians. It is a term used by statisticians to describe some data that are far away from the average - data on 7-foot women or freezing temperatures in Los Angeles, for example. Published January 6, 2009

SOWELL: The art of the impossible

Whoever called politics "the art of the possible" must have had a strange idea of what is possible or a strange idea of politics, where the impossible is one of the biggest vote-getters. Published January 3, 2009

SOWELL: Random thoughts

Maybe the current bailout fever is Congress' way of getting into the spirit of the season - saying in effect, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus." They will undoubtedly also be saying, "Yes, New Jersey, there is a Santa Claus. ... Yes, Ohio, there is a Santa Claus." Published December 31, 2008

SOWELL: Postponing reality

Some of us were raised to believe that reality is inescapable. But that just shows how far behind the times we are. Today, reality is optional. At the very least, it can be postponed. Published December 27, 2008

SOWELL: Another Great Depression?

With both Barack Obama's supporters and the media looking forward to the new administration's policies being similar to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's policies during the 1930s Depression, it may be useful to look at just what those policies were and - more important - what their consequences were. Published December 25, 2008

SOWELL: Christmas books

Good books are especially good to give as gifts to the proverbial "man who has everything" because he (or she) may not have heard of a new book that fits their interests. Published December 21, 2008

SOWELL: Mumbai's meaning

Will the horrors unleashed by Islamic terrorists in Mumbai cause any second thoughts by those so anxious to start weakening the American security systems currently in place, including government interceptions of international phone calls and the holding of terrorists at Guantanamo? Published December 12, 2008

SOWELL: High cost of athletic favoritism

O.J. Simpson has attracted less attention by being declared "guilty" in Nevada than he did by being declared "not guilty" in California. Yet his story is more than the tragedy of one man. Published December 11, 2008

SOWELL: A case against community service

Most people on the left do not oppose freedom. They are just in favor of all sorts of things that are incompatible with freedom. Published December 7, 2008

SOWELL: Ivan and Boris again

There is an old Russian fable, with different versions in other countries, about two poor peasants, Ivan and Boris. The only difference between them was that Boris had a goat and Ivan didn't. Published December 6, 2008

SOWELL: 'Jolt' the economy?

Barack Obama says that we have to "jolt" the economy. That certainly makes sense, if you take the media's account of the economy seriously -- but should the media be taken seriously? Published November 29, 2008

SOWELL: The right to win

Among the many new "rights" being conjured out of thin air, a new one seems to be a "right" to win. Published November 22, 2008

SOWELL: It's priceless

Wouldn't it be wonderful to live in a world where there were no prices? Published November 20, 2008

SOWELL: 'Intellectuals' are poseurs

Among the many wonders to be expected from an Obama administration, if Nicholas D. Kristof of the New York Times is to be believed, is ending "the anti-intellectualism that has long been a strain in American life." Published November 16, 2008

SOWELL: A perfect storm

Some elections are routine, some are important and some are historic. If Sen. John McCain wins this election, it will probably go down in history as routine. But if Sen. Barack Obama wins, it is more likely to be historic - and catastrophic. Published November 2, 2008

SOWELL: Powell and popularity

Among all the people now scrambling to get on the Obama bandwagon, none is likely to impress more people than Colin Powell -- especially people who know no more about the specifics of Colin Powell's actions than the specifics of Barack Obama's. Published November 1, 2008