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  • Sowell: Words Versus Deeds

    10/10/2016 1:45:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 11, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Donald Trump's gutter talk about women shows yet again that he is bad news. The problem is that Hillary Clinton is far worse. Trump's talk is indefensible. But Hillary Clinton's actions as Secretary of State, carrying out the Obama administration's foreign policies, have cost many lives in many places, including the American ambassador and others killed in Benghazi. Women have a right to be offended by Trump's words. But women have suffered a far worse fate from Secretary Clinton's and President Obama's actions. Pulling American troops out of Iraq, despite military advice to the contrary, led to the sudden rise...
  • Sowell: The Academic Curtain

    10/03/2016 4:55:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 4, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Back in the days of the Cold War between the Communist bloc of nations and the Western democracies, the Communists maintained pervasive restrictions around Eastern Europe that were aptly called an "iron curtain," isolating the people in its bloc from the ideas of the West and physically obstructing their escape. One of the few things that could penetrate the "iron curtain" were ideas conveyed on radio waves. "The Voice of America" network broadcast to the peoples of the Soviet bloc, so that they were never completely isolated, and hearing only what the Communist dictatorships wanted them to hear. Ironically, despite...
  • 'Favors' to Blacks

    09/27/2016 4:10:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 27, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Back in the 1960s, as large numbers of black students were entering a certain Ivy League university for the first time, someone asked a chemistry professor -- off the record -- what his response to them was. He said, "I give them all A's and B's. To hell with them." Since many of those students were admitted with lower academic qualifications than other students, he knew that honest grades in a tough subject like chemistry could lead to lots of failing grades, and that in turn would lead to lots of time-wasting hassles -- not just from the students, but...
  • Sowell: Our Political Predicament

    09/19/2016 11:58:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    Creators Syndicates ^ | September 20, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    There is no point denying or sugar-coating the plain fact that the voters this election year face a choice between two of the worst candidates in living memory. A professor at Morgan State University summarized the situation by saying that the upcoming debates may enable voters to decide which is the "less insufferable" candidate to be President of the United States. My own take on this election is that the voter is in a situation much like that of an American fighter pilot in World War II, whose plane has been hit by enemy fire out over the Pacific Ocean...
  • Sowell: Racial Issues

    09/12/2016 2:34:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 13, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Ordinarily, it is not a good idea to base how you vote on just one issue. But if black lives really matter, as they should matter like all other lives, then it is hard to see any racial issue that matters as much as education. The government could double the amount of money it spends on food stamps or triple the amount it spends on housing subsidies, and it will mean very little if the next generation of young blacks goes out into the world as adults without a decent education. Many things that are supposed to help blacks actually...
  • Sowell: Election Year Books

    09/12/2016 2:13:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 13, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Election year politics generates much rhetoric and confusion. And the media often adds its spin. But, fortunately, there are some books around that deal with reality and can cut through the nonsense. Most of these books were not written during this election year, but what they presented can be very eye-opening on the issues raised by politicians this year. If you are concerned about issues involved when some people want to expand the welfare state and others want to contract it, then one of the most relevant and insightful books is "Life at the Bottom" by Theodore Dalrymple. It was...
  • Sowell: Misleading Statistics

    09/05/2016 2:28:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 6, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Mark Twain famously said that there were three kinds of lies — "lies, damned lies, and statistics." Since this is an election year, we can expect to hear plenty of all three kinds. Even if the statistics themselves are absolutely accurate, the words that describe what they are measuring can be grossly misleading. Household income statistics are an obvious example. When we hear about how much more income the top 20 percent of households make, compared to the bottom 20 percent of households, one key fact is usually left out. There are millions more people in the top 20 percent...
  • Sowell: Abstract Immigrants in an Abstract World

    08/29/2016 1:44:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 30, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Why would a country with the world's largest Jewish population, outside of Israel, admit large numbers of immigrants from countries where hatred of Jews has been taught to their people from earliest childhood? This question is ultimately not about Muslims and Jews. It is about discussing immigrants in the abstract, rather than in terms of the specific concrete realities of particular immigrants in particular circumstances at a particular time and place — that time being now and that place being the United States of America. A hundred years ago, when immigration from other parts of the world was a major...
  • Sowell: A Gem in Chicago

    08/29/2016 11:44:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 30, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    We have gotten so used to seeing college presidents and other academic "leaders" caving in to so many outrageous demands from little gangs of bullying students that it is a long overdue surprise to see a sign that at least one major university has shown some backbone. Dr. Robert J. Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago, has spoken out in the plainest language against the stifling of opinions that differ from political correctness, on campuses across the country. "Free speech is at risk at the very institution where it should be assured: the university," Dr. Zimmer said. "Invited speakers...
  • Thomas Sowell: Trump and Blacks

    08/23/2016 4:08:27 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 34 replies
    The New American ^ | 23 August 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Who would have thought that Donald Trump, of all people, would be addressing the fact that the black community suffers the most from a breakdown of law and order? But sanity on racial issues is sufficiently rare that it must be welcomed, from whatever source it comes.When establishment Republicans have addressed the problems of blacks at all, it has too often been in terms of what earmarked benefits can be offered in exchange for their votes. And there was very little that Republicans could offer to compete with the Democrats' whole universe of welfare state earmarks.Law and order, however, is...
  • Sowell: A Clash of Police Policies

    08/22/2016 12:44:37 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 23, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Amid the rioting in Milwaukee, there is also a clash between two leading lawmen there — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and the city of Milwaukee's Chief of Police Edward Flynn. They have very different opinions about how law enforcement should be carried out. Chief Edward Flynn expresses the view long prevalent among those who emphasize the social "root causes" of crime, such as income disparities and educational disparities, as well as the larger society's neglect of black communities. Chief Flynn puts less emphasis on aggressive police action and more on community outreach and gun control. Sheriff David Clarke represents...
  • Trump and Blacks (Thomas Sowell)

    08/19/2016 5:19:45 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 57 replies
    RCP ^ | Thomas Sowell
    Who would have thought that Donald Trump, of all people, would be addressing the fact that the black community suffers the most from a breakdown of law and order? But sanity on racial issues is sufficiently rare that it must be welcomed, from whatever source it comes. When establishment Republicans have addressed the problems of blacks at all, it has too often been in terms of what earmarked benefits can be offered in exchange for their votes. And there was very little that Republicans could offer to compete with the Democrats' whole universe of welfare state earmarks. Law and order,...
  • Sowell: Does Black Success Matter?

    08/15/2016 3:13:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 16, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    We keep hearing that "black lives matter," but they seem to matter only when that helps politicians to get votes, or when that slogan helps demagogues demonize the police. The other 99 percent of black lives destroyed by people who are not police do not seem to attract nearly as much attention in the media. What about black success? Does that matter? Apparently not so much. We have heard a lot about black students failing to meet academic standards. So you might think that it would be front-page news when some whole ghetto schools not only meet, but exceed, the...
  • Sowell: Old Lies

    08/08/2016 11:54:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 9, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    We expect to hear a lot of lies during an election year, and this year is certainly no exception. What is surprising is how old some of these lies are, and how often they have been shown to be lies, years ago or even decades ago. One of the oldest of these lies is that women are paid less than men for doing the same work. Like many other politically successful lies, it contains just enough of the truth to fool the gullible. Women as a group do get paid less than men as a group. But not for doing...
  • Sowell: Black Votes Matter

    07/25/2016 1:22:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 26, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Black votes matter. If Republicans could get 20 percent of black votes, the Democrats would be ruined. This is highly unlikely, given the approach used by Republicans. However, the point is that Democrats must not only continue to get nine-tenths of black votes, they also need to get a high turnout of black voters on election day. People who expected the election of President Barack Obama to lead to racial healing and a post-racial society failed to take account of the political reality that racial healing and a post-racial society would, at a minimum, reduce black voter turnout. Black votes...
  • What an Honest Discussion on Race Would Look Like-and why Obama and the Left would avoid it

    07/22/2016 5:06:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | July 22, 2016 | Jack Kerwick
    What an Honest Discussion on Race Would Look Like And why Obama and the Left would avoid it like the plague. July 22, 2016 Jack Kerwick    On Thursday, July 14, Barack Obama held a nationally televised “town hall” meeting on American race relations—and, unsurprisingly, punted on that “honest” discussion of race that he and his ilk accuse the rest of us of deferring. A truly honest discussion of race, you see, threatens the Racism-Industrial-Complex (RIC) or, alternately, Big Racism. A truly honest discussion of race would mention that for virtually every kind of crime, blacks are perpetrators in...
  • Sowell: The Dumbest Idea

    07/18/2016 12:40:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 19, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    If there were a contest for the most stupid idea in politics, my choice would be the assumption that people would be evenly or randomly distributed in incomes, institutions, occupations or awards, in the absence of somebody doing somebody wrong. Political crusades, bureaucratic empires and lucrative personal careers as grievance mongers have been built on the foundation of that assumption, which is almost never tested against any facts. A recent article in the New York Times saw as a problem the fact that females are greatly under-represented among the highest rated chess players. Innumerable articles, TV stories and political outcries...
  • Sowell:The War on Cops: Part II

    07/12/2016 9:10:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 12, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Even in this age of runaway emotions, there are still some people who want to know the facts. Nowhere are facts more important, or more lacking, than in what has been aptly called "The War on Cops," the title of a devastating new book by Heather Mac Donald. Few, if any, of the most fashionable notions about the police, minorities and the criminal justice system can withstand an examination of hard facts. Yet those fashionable notions continue to dominate discussions in the media, in politics and in academia. But Ms. Mac Donald's book of documented facts demolishes many fashionable notions....
  • Sowell: The War on Cops

    07/11/2016 1:34:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 12, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    There was never a more appropriately named book than "The War on Cops" by Heather Mac Donald, published a few weeks ago, on the eve of the greatest escalation of that war by the ambush murders of five policemen in Dallas. Nor is this war against the police confined to Dallas. It is occurring across the country. Who is to blame? There is a ton of blame, more than enough to go around to the wide range of people and institutions that have contributed to these disasters. In addition to the murderers who have killed people they don't even know,...
  • Sowell: What Are We Celebrating?

    07/04/2016 11:16:34 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 5, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    There was a time when the Fourth of July meant something more than a three-day weekend. Speeches, writings and commemorative ceremonies reminded us of the origins and greatness of America. No matter where in the world our ancestors came from, we today are almost invariably better off because they came to America. Independence Day signified much more than one country announcing its independence from another on July 4, 1776. It represented a new form of government — freer and more accountable to its own people than the monarchies common around the world for centuries. What happened in America did not...