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Thomas Sowell

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Sowell: Random thoughts, from Obama's 'allies' to pro sports

By Thomas Sowell October 28, 2014 6 a.m.

Random thoughts on the passing scene.

Sowell: Negative effects of 'predatory lending' greatly exaggerated

By Thomas Sowell October 21, 2014 6 a.m.

The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls "predatory lending." Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of.

Sowell: Local vote can have far-reaching, national implications

By Thomas Sowell October 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill once said, "All politics is local." That may have been true in Tip O'Neill's day, but some elections are decisively on national issues — and the congressional elections this year are overwhelmingly national, just as the elections of 1860 were dominated by one national issue, namely slavery.

Sowell: Obama's actions related to Ebola put Americans at risk

By Thomas Sowell October 7, 2014 6 a.m.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is both a danger in itself and a wake-up call for Americans — about President Obama, about the institutions of this country and, most important, about ourselves.

Sowell: Random thoughts on politics, decency and baseball

By Thomas Sowell September 30, 2014 6 a.m.

Random thoughts on the passing scene by Thomas Sowell.

Sowell: Obama must realize that war is not always optional

By Thomas Sowell September 23, 2014 6 a.m.

Some pundits are saying that President Obama has been floundering in his response to the Islamic State crisis because public opinion polls show most Americans don't want another war.

Sowell: Book sheds light on why some kids start speaking late

By Thomas Sowell September 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Anyone who knows what anxiety, and sometimes anguish, parents go through when they have a child who is still not talking at age 2, 3 or even 4 can appreciate what a blessing it can be to have someone who can tell them what to do — and what not to do.

Sowell: Mob rule tactics used to push minimum wage agenda

By Thomas Sowell September 9, 2014 6 a.m.

While we talk about democracy and equal rights, we seem increasingly to let both private and government decisions be determined by mob rule.

Sowell: We shouldn't elect 'a woman' just to elect 'a woman'

By Thomas Sowell September 2, 2014 6 a.m.

The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people "moderately disapprove" of Barack Obama's performance as president and 39 percent "strongly disapprove." Since Obama won two presidential elections, chances are that some of those who now "strongly disapprove" of what he has done voted to put him in office. We all make mistakes, but the real question is whether we learn from them.

Sowell: Prevailing liberal social vision at odds with hard facts

By Thomas Sowell August 26, 2014 6 a.m.

The political left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the 18th century. So it is not surprising that they are now arguing that heavily armed or aggressive police forces only inflame protesters and thus provoke violence.

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