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Thomas Sowell

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Sowell: Playing race card has dangerous consequences for all

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

The cold-blooded murder of two New York City policemen as they sat in their car is not only an outrage but also a wake-up call. It shows, in the most painful way, the high cost of having demagogues, politicians, mobs, and the media constantly taking cheap shots at the police.

Sowell: Public's 'right to know' jeopardizes fight against terror

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

Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were "torture." But any serious discussion of a serious issue — and surely terrorism qualifies as serious — has to move beyond semantics and confront the ultimate question: "Compared to what alternative?"

Sowell: Escape chaos by curling up with straight-talking books

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

This year, Christmas shopping may be an especially welcome respite from the ugly events going on across the country, as mobs take to the streets because grand juries that examined evidence reached different conclusions from those reached by mobs who made up their minds without examining that evidence.

Sowell: Ferguson mob rampages will have lingering effects

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

Everyone seems to have an opinion about the tragic events in Ferguson, Mo. But, as Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to say, "You're entitled to your own opinion but you're not entitled to your own facts."

Sowell: Liberals' political games assume Americans are dumb

By Thomas Sowell November 25, 2014 6 a.m.

Jonathan Gruber's several videotaped remarks about the gross deceptions that got Obamacare passed in Congress should tell us a lot about the Obama administration. And the way that the mainstream media hesitated for days to even mention what Professor Gruber said, while they obsessed over unsubstantiated charges against Bill Cosby, should tell us a lot about the media.

Sowell: Viewing Obama as weak lame duck would be unwise

By Thomas Sowell November 11, 2014 6 a.m.

Just what happened last week on Election Day? And what is going to happen in the years ahead?

Sowell: Fraudulence in pursuit of black votes knows no bounds

By Thomas Sowell November 4, 2014 6 a.m.

One of the biggest voter frauds may be the idea promoted by Attorney General Eric Holder and others that there is no voter fraud, that laws requiring voters to have a photo identification are just attempts to suppress black voting. Reporter John Fund has written three books on voter fraud, and a recent survey by Old Dominion University indicates that there are more than 1 million registered voters who are not citizens, and who therefore are not legally entitled to vote.

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.

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