Photo of Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell

Syndicated Columnist

Recent Stories

Sowell: Housing example illustrates high cost of liberalism

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

Liberals advocate many wonderful things. In fact, I suspect that most conservatives would prefer to live in the kind of world envisioned by liberals, rather than in the kind of world envisioned by conservatives. Unfortunately, the only kind of world that any of us can live in is the world that actually exists. Trying to live in the kind of world that liberals envision has costs that will not go away just because these costs are often ignored by liberals.

Sowell: Gap in pay between genders is a statistical falsehood

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

The “war on women” political slogan is in fact a war against common sense. It is a statistical fraud when Barack Obama and other politicians say that women earn only 77 percent of what men earn — and that this is because of discrimination.

Sowell: Campaign finance reform protects those in power

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

The recent Supreme Court decision overruling some Federal Election Commission restrictions on political campaign contributions has provoked angry reactions on the left. That is what often happens whenever the High Court rules that the First Amendment means what it says — free speech for everybody.

Sowell: With right message, GOP could resonate with blacks

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

Recently, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice added her voice to those who have long been urging the Republican Party to reach out to black voters. Not only is that long overdue, what is also long overdue is putting some time — and, above all, some serious thought — into how to go about doing it.

Sowell: Book shows how welfare state hurts American Dream

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

Professor Amy Chua of the Yale law school is better known as a "Tiger Mom" because of her take-no-prisoners, tough love approach to raising children. She and her husband, Jed Rubenfeld (a fellow Yale law professor), have written what may turn out to be the best book of this year.

Sowell: Republicans should heed danger of self-righteousness

By Thomas Sowell March 18, 2014 6 a.m.

At a time when polls show public opinion turning against the Democrats, some Republicans seem to be turning against each other. Even with the prospect of being able to win control of the Senate in this fall's elections, some Republicans are busy manufacturing ammunition for their own circular firing squad.

Sowell: Left's lack of concern for minorities shows in education

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

If anyone wanted to pick a time and place where the political left's avowed concern for minorities was definitively exposed as a fraud, it would be now -- and the place would be New York City, where far left Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched an attack on charter schools, cutting their funding, among other things.

Sowell: Freedom fighters are needed to protect Constitution

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

There may be something to the claim that all people want to be free. But it is a demonstrable fact that freedom has been under attack, usually successfully, for thousands of years.

Sowell: The 'Fairness' Fraud: Differing aspirations play a role

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

It seems as if, everywhere you turn these days, there are studies claiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for people born in the lower socioeconomic levels. But there is a sharp difference between upward "mobility," defined as an opportunity to rise, and mobility defined as actually having risen.

Sowell: Random thoughts and observations about our world

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

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

More stories