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Thomas Sowell

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Sowell: Random thoughts, from baseball to Israel to Obama

By Thomas Sowell August 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

Sowell: N.Y.C. mayor trying to solve nonexistent problems

By Thomas Sowell August 12, 2014 6 a.m.

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.

Sowell: Stances on Israel, immigrants typify post-thinking era

By Thomas Sowell August 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Some have said we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said we are living in a post-racial era. But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era.

Sowell: In the long run, cease-fires do little to halt bloodshed

By Thomas Sowell July 29, 2014 6 a.m.

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.

Sowell: Playing of race card in immigrant debate a cheap tactic

By Thomas Sowell July 22, 2014 6 a.m.

In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by a Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, "We are as good as you are!"

Sowell: GOP threats to Obama are dangerous self-indulgence

By Thomas Sowell July 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Whenever Democrats are in real trouble politically, the Republicans seem to come up with something new that distracts the public's attention from the Democrats' problems. Who says Republicans are not compassionate?

Sowell: 'Please Stop Helping Us' a factual look at race issues

By Thomas Sowell July 8, 2014 6 a.m.

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."

Sowell: Happy birthday, America, but wake up before all is lost

By Thomas Sowell July 1, 2014 6 a.m.

Birthdays are supposed to be times for celebration and gift-giving. But America's upcoming birthday on the Fourth of July is a time when the gift most needed is an urgent warning about the dangers of losing the things that have made this country America — and have long made "America" a ringing word of freedom, not only in this country but to people around the world.

Sowell: Obama on course to create a lame duck democracy

By Thomas Sowell June 24, 2014 6 a.m.

Pundits are pointing to President Barack Obama's recent decline in public opinion polls, and saying that he may now become another "lame duck" president, unable to accomplish much during his final term in office.

Sowell: Lessons must be learned as Iraq slips back into chaos

By Thomas Sowell June 17, 2014 6 a.m.

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 aftertaste for Americans who lost a loved one who died taking one of those cities, or for a survivor who came back without an arm or leg, or with other traumas to body or mind. Surely, we need to learn from a tragedy of this magnitude.

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