The first book I read by Thomas Sowell was Knowledge and Decisions (1980).It’s a dense book, but it is filled with so many interesting stories, facts, and analogies that it’s worth taking the time to plow through it. The story about Walt Disney and his early art is filled with instruction on how markets and competition operate.
His book Ethnic America (1983) is another good read. In it he describes the history, social environment, and characteristics of various ethnic groups. His descriptions and analyses are spot on.
His work in the area of economics is unparalleled. Basic Economics, now in its 4th edition,will inoculate you and your children against the social diseases of envy and central planning.
It’s a shame that he is not interviewed more when political and economic numskulls are pontificating on this point and that point of economic theory and practice.
For those of you who don’t know, Thomas Sowell is black. All this talk about how the Tea Party is racist when one of its favorite economists is black is baffling. Walter E. Williams, who is also black, is in the same category of appreciation and respect.
You and I know what liberals say about these two men (as well as Allen West, Herman Cain, Dr. Benjamin Carson, and Clarence Thomas): They are Uncle Toms. They’re only being used by whites to keep black people down.
In addition to his books, Thomas Sowell is a prolific editorial writer.
Thomas Sowell’s latest opinion piece is titled “Is Thinking 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 the talking points against Israel is that far more Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli military attacks than the number of Israeli civilians killed by the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel that started this latest military conflict.
Are these protesters aware that vastly more German civilians were killed by American bombers attacking Nazi Germany during World War II than American civilians killed in the United States by Hitler’s forces?
Talk show host Geraldo Rivera says that there is no way Israel is winning the battle for world opinion. But Israel is trying to win the battle for survival, while surrounded by enemies. Might that not be more important?
Has any other country, in any other war, been expected to keep the enemy’s civilian casualties no higher than its own civilian casualties? The idea that Israel should do so did not originate among the masses but among the educated intelligentsia.
In an age when scientists are creating artificial intelligence, too many of our educational institutions seem to be creating artificial stupidity.
It is much the same story in our domestic controversies. We have gotten so intimidated by political correctness that our major media outlets dare not call people who immigrate to this country illegally “illegal immigrants.”
Geraldo Rivera has denounced the Drudge Report for carrying news stories that show some of the negative consequences and dangers from allowing vast numbers of youngsters to enter the country illegally and be spread across the country by the Obama administration.
Some of these youngsters are already known to be carrying lice and suffering from disease. Since there have been no thorough medical examinations of most of them, we have no way of knowing whether, or how many, are carrying deadly diseases that will spread to American children when these unexamined young immigrants enter schools across the country.
The attack against Matt Drudge has been in the classic tradition of demagogues. It turns questions of fact into questions of motive. Geraldo accuses Drudge of trying to start a “civil war.”
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