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  • The end of abortion (will not be pretty)

    01/20/2012 7:56:47 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1-20-12 | Kristen Walker
    I’ve been reading a fascinating book by economist, Stanford University professor, and Hoover Institute Senior Fellow Thomas Sowell called Black Rednecks & White Liberals. In an essay titled “The Real History of Slavery,” Sowell analyzes the complex reasons why most Americans who were morally opposed to slavery did not side with the radical abolitionists. A whole host of reasons stopped good men — including Washington and Jefferson — from supporting any endeavor to simply declare slaves free and release them into the wide world, and foremost among these concerns was the well-being of the slaves themselves. Thomas Sowell knows things...
  • An Ignored 'Disparity': Part III (Thomas Sowell)

    01/17/2012 10:47:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 17, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Anyone who has ever been in a Third World country, or even in a slum neighborhood at home, is likely to wonder why there can be such dire poverty among some people, while others are prospering. Both politicians and intellectuals have tended to have simple answers to that question, even if these simple answers have been different in different eras. A hundred years ago, the prevailing answer was that some people are innately and genetically inferior. Not only was this answer thundered from political platforms in redneck dialect by politicians in the Jim Crow South, the same message was...
  • An Ignored 'Disparity': Part IV (Thomas Sowell)

    01/17/2012 10:47:47 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 17, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Different histories, geography, demography and cultures have left various groups, races, nations and civilizations with radically different abilities to create wealth. In centuries past, the majority population of various cities in Eastern Europe consisted of people from Western Europe — Germans, Jews and others — while the vast majority of the population in the surrounding countrysides were Slavs or other indigenous peoples of the region. Just as Western Europe was — and is — more prosperous than Eastern Europe, so Western Europeans living in Eastern European cities in centuries past were more prosperous than the Slavs and others living...
  • An Ignored 'Disparity': Part II (Thomas Sowell)

    01/16/2012 11:11:55 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 17, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the ways of trying to reduce the vast disparities in economic success, which are common in countries around the world, is by making higher education more widely available, even for people without the money to pay for it. This can be both a generous investment and a wise investment for a society to make. But, depending on how it is done, it can also be a foolish and even dangerous investment, as many societies around the world have learned the hard way. When institutions of higher learning turn out highly qualified doctors, scientists, engineers and others with...
  • An Ignored 'Disparity' (Thomas Sowell)

    01/16/2012 11:11:19 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 17, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    With all the talk about "disparities" in innumerable contexts, there is one very important disparity that gets remarkably little attention — disparities in the ability to create wealth. People who are preoccupied, or even obsessed, with disparities in income are seldom interested much, or at all, in the disparities in the ability to create wealth, which are often the reasons for the disparities in income. In a market economy, people pay us for benefiting them in some way — whether we are sweeping their floors, selling them diamonds or anything in between. Disparities in our ability to create benefits...
  • Kodak and the Post Office (Thomas Sowell)

    01/09/2012 11:41:58 AM PST · by jazusamo · 68 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 10, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    The news that Eastman Kodak is preparing to file for bankruptcy, after being the leading photographic company in the world for more than a hundred years, truly marks the end of an era. The skills required to use the cameras and chemicals required by the photography of the mid-19th century were far beyond those of most people — until a man named George Eastman created a company called Kodak, which made cameras that ordinary people could use. It was Kodak's humble and affordable box Brownie that put photography on the map for millions of people, who just wanted to...
  • Thomas Sowell Endorsed Newt Gingrich and Updated Thoughts on the Race

    It's amazing how a candidate who everyone is now dismissing is racking up these big name conservative endorsements like Art Laffer and Thomas Sowell (who endorsed him Wednesday though I somehow missed it). For those of you unfamiliar with Thomas Sowell, he is a brilliant economist/writer who is 100% for small government and provides very reasoned commentary on a regular basis through his columns. Here is a key excerpt: Perhaps the strongest reason for some voters to support Governor Romney is that the smart money says he is more "electable" than the other candidates in general and Newt Gingrich in...
  • Thomas Sowell: Gingrich for president

    12/29/2011 2:50:30 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | DECEMBER 27, 2011 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    A grudging endorsement, but sufficiently esteemed that it deserves a little publicity. The fact that each of the short-lived front-runners in the Republican field gained that position by presenting themselves as staunch conservatives suggests that Republican voters may have been trying to avoid having to accept Mitt Romney, whose record as governor of Massachusetts produced nothing that would be regarded as a serious conservative achievement. Romney’s own talking point that he has been a successful businessman is no reason to put him into a political office, however much it may be a reason for him to become a successful businessman...
  • Republican Voters' Choices (Thomas Sowell)

    12/28/2011 2:49:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 28, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    No one seems to be really happy with this year's field of Republican candidates for that party's presidential nomination — except perhaps the Democrats. The sudden rise, and equally sudden fall, of a succession of Republican front-runners is just one sign of the dissatisfaction of the Republican voters with this field of candidates. In this, as in many other aspects of life, we can only make our choice among the options actually available. So Republican voters who want to be realistic need to understand that they are going to end up with qualms and nagging doubts about whomever they...
  • Random Thoughts (Thomas Sowell)

    12/26/2011 9:20:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 27, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Talk show host Dennis Miller said, "I don't dig polo. It's like miniature golf meets the Kentucky Derby." Nothing illustrates the superficiality of our times better than the enthusiasm for electric cars, because they are supposed to greatly reduce air pollution. But the electricity that ultimately powers these cars has to be generated somewhere — and nearly half the electricity generated in this country is generated by burning coal. The 2012 Republican primaries may be a rerun of the 2008 primaries, where the various conservative candidates split the conservative vote so many ways...
  • Sowell: The Past and the Present

    12/20/2011 12:26:38 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 15 replies
    gopusa.com ^ | December 20, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    If Newt Gingrich were being nominated for sainthood, many of us would vote very differently from the way we would vote if he were being nominated for a political office. What the media call Gingrich's "baggage" concerns largely his personal life and the fact that he made a lot of money running a consulting firm after he left Congress. This kind of stuff makes lots of talking points that we will no doubt hear, again and again, over the next weeks and months. But how much weight should we give to this stuff when we are talking about the future...
  • Gingrich’s Past, Our Future

    12/20/2011 11:08:45 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/20/2011 | Thomas Sowell
    If Newt Gingrich were being nominated for sainthood, many of us would vote very differently from the way we would vote if he were being nominated for a political office. What the media call Gingrich’s “baggage” concerns largely his personal life and the fact that he made a lot of money running a consulting firm after he left Congress. This kind of stuff makes lots of talking points that we will no doubt hear, again and again, over the coming weeks and months. But how much weight should we give to this stuff when we are talking about the future...
  • The Past and the Present (Thomas Sowell on Newt Gingrich)

    12/19/2011 9:59:22 AM PST · by jazusamo · 133 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 20, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    If Newt Gingrich were being nominated for sainthood, many of us would vote very differently from the way we would vote if he were being nominated for a political office. What the media call Gingrich's "baggage" concerns largely his personal life and the fact that he made a lot of money running a consulting firm after he left Congress. This kind of stuff makes lots of talking points that we will no doubt hear, again and again, over the next weeks and months. But how much weight should we give to this stuff when we are talking about the...
  • Gridlock to the Rescue? (Thomas Sowell)

    12/12/2011 3:21:02 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 12, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    Washington gridlock may turn out to be the salvation of the Obama administration. Not only does gridlock allow the president to blame Republicans for not solving the financial crisis that his own runaway spending created, the inability to carry out as much government intervention in the economy as when the Democrats controlled both Houses of Congress means that the market can now recover on its own to some visible extent before the next election. Such a recovery would of course be credited as a success of the Obama administration's policies. With this theme being echoed throughout the pro-Obama media,...
  • Christmas Books (Thomas Sowell)

    12/05/2011 2:18:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 6, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    The joys of Christmas do not include coping with crowds at shopping malls or wracking your brains trying to figure out what to get as a gift for someone who already seems to have everything. Books are a way out of both situations. You don't even have to go to a bookstore, with books so readily available on-line. As for the person who seems to have everything, newly published books are among the things they probably don't always have. One of the most enjoyable new books I read this year was a biography titled "Stan Musial: An American Life"...
  • Thomas Sowell On Gingrich And Immigration

    11/28/2011 3:51:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 107 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | November 28, 2011 | The great THOMAS SOWELL
    Now that Newt Gingrich has become the latest in a series of Republican front-runners, he is getting the kinds of scrutiny and attacks that have done in other front-runners. One of the issues that have aroused concern among conservative Republicans is that of amnesty for illegal immigrants, especially after Gingrich said that it would not be "humane" to deport someone who has been living and working here for years. Let's go back to square one. The purpose of American immigration laws and policies is not to be either humane or inhumane to illegal immigrants. The purpose of immigration laws and...
  • Lessons of History? (Thomas Sowell)

    11/28/2011 3:08:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 29, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    It used to be common for people to urge us to learn "the lessons of history." But history gets much less attention these days and, if there are any lessons that we are offered, they are more likely to be the lessons from current polls or the lessons of political correctness. Even among those who still invoke the lessons of history, some read those lessons very differently from others. Talk show host Michael Medved, for example, apparently thinks the Republicans need a centrist presidential candidate in 2012. He said, "Most political battles are won by seizing the center." Moreover,...
  • Super Failure, Or Success?

    11/23/2011 2:09:48 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 3 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 11/22/11 | Noman
    Thomas Sowell identifies the true and only significance of the "super committee," which ended its negotiations in failure. Supposedly draconian cuts are to follow, which naturally will not transpire. All that has happened is that blame for reckless spending will shift from the party that spent onto the party that for the most part opposed spending. [quote] If you think the goal was to solve the country's fiscal crisis, then obviously the Super Committee was a complete failure. But, if you think the goal was to improve the chances of the Obama administration being re-elected in 2012, it was a...
  • Failure or Success? (Thomas Sowell)

    11/22/2011 12:37:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 22, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    Many people are lamenting the failure of the Congressional "Super Committee" to come up with an agreement on ways to reduce the runaway federal deficits. But you cannot judge success or failure without knowing what the goal was. If you think the goal was to solve the country's fiscal crisis, then obviously the Super Committee was a complete failure. But, if you think the goal was to improve the chances of the Obama administration being re-elected in 2012, it was a complete success. Imagine that there had been no Super Committee in the first place. Who would be blamed...
  • Alice in Liberal Land (Thomas Sowell)

    11/21/2011 1:03:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 22, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    "Alice in Wonderland" was written by a professor who also wrote a book on symbolic logic. So it is not surprising that Alice encountered not only strange behavior in Wonderland, but also strange and illogical reasoning — of a sort too often found in the real world, and which a logician would be very much aware of. If Alice could visit the world of liberal rhetoric and assumptions today, she might find similarly illogical and bizarre thinking. But people suffering in the current economy might not find it nearly as entertaining as "Alice in Wonderland." Perhaps the most remarkable...