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  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • A lynch mob gathers (Thomas Sowell)

    10/20/2003 9:36:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies · 778+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 21, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    The nomination of Justice Janice Rogers Brown of the California Supreme Court to become a federal Court of Appeals judge has brought out vicious special interest groups with their long knives -- and a long record of smears and character-assassination, going back to the campaign of wholesale misrepresentations that defeated the nomination of Judge Robert Bork in 1987. Leading the charge against Justice Brown, as it did against Judge Bork 16 years ago, is the grossly misnamed organization "People for the American Way." This is a far-left group with only contempt for American traditions and culture. They want judges who...
  • How the War Against the Police Harms Black Americans

    07/31/2003 8:34:37 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 31 replies · 464+ views
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | Thomas Sowell
    In much of the liberal media, large-scale confrontations between police and people who are breaking the law are usually reported in one of two ways. Either the police used "excessive force" or they "let the situation get out of hand." Any force sufficient to prevent the situation from getting out of hand will be called "excessive." And if the police arrive in large enough numbers to squelch disorder without the need for force, then sending in so many cops will be called "over-reacting." After all, with so little resistance to the police, why were so many cops necessary? Such is...
  • Thomas Sowell: The Fourth of July

    07/03/2003 2:51:06 PM PDT · by UnklGene · 6 replies · 1,329+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | July 3, 2003 / 3 Tamuz, 5763 | Thomas Sowell
    Jewish World Review July 3, 2003 / 3 Tamuz, 5763 Thomas Sowell The Fourth of July http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July? After all, we are taught from kindergarten to the universities that all cultures are entitled to equal respect. Why then celebrate the creation of a nation that is no better than any other nation? Indeed, if you heard only the litany of sins from American history that our students get throughout their years in educational institutions, you might think that the United States was worse than a lot of other places. Most people, however,...
  • The legacy of Eric Hoffer

    06/22/2003 5:41:16 PM PDT · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 5 replies · 516+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | June 19, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    The twentieth anniversary of the death of Eric Hoffer, in May 1983, passed with very little notice of one of the most incisive thinkers of his time — a man whose writings continue to have great relevance to our times. SRC="http://www.jewishworldreview.com/images/donate2002.gif" hspace=12 vspace=12 align=right border=0> How many people today even know of this remarkable man with no formal schooling, who spent his life in manual labor — most of it as a longshoreman — and who wrote some of the most insightful commentary on our society and trends in the world? You need only read one of his classics like...
  • Thomas Sowell: Useful Idiots

    05/20/2003 5:26:55 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies · 439+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | May 20, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    The term "useful idiots" has been attributed to Lenin, as a description of those mindless people in the Western democracies who would always find ways to excuse whatever the Soviet Union did. Columnist Mona Charen's new book "Useful Idiots," shows that such people are still with us. Long after the Soviet Union's horrors had become too widely known around the world for their sympathizers in the West to be able to get away with whitewashing the USSR, new Communist dictatorships arose to become the new objects of the affections of the Western intelligentsia and of like-minded people in the media...
  • Universal Health Care Part III

    05/10/2003 1:46:40 PM PDT · by Seti 1 · 6 replies · 389+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | May 8, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    Universal health care": Part III Those of us who are getting on in years can remember a time when most people had no health insurance, when we simply paid the doctors or the pharmacies and went on our way, without giving it a second thought. I have especially painful memories of having a hospital bill of $50 for the treatment of a baseball injury back in 1949. You have no idea how big $50 was for me at that time. It was the most money that I had ever paid for anything. But the bill got paid off, a few...
  • 'Universal health care': Part III

    05/07/2003 11:35:31 PM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 308+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 5/08/03 | Thomas Sowell
    Those of us who are getting on in years can remember a time when most people had no health insurance, when we simply paid the doctors or the pharmacies and went on our way, without giving it a second thought. I have especially painful memories of having a hospital bill of $50 for the treatment of a baseball injury back in 1949.You have no idea how big $50 was for me at that time. It was the most money that I had ever paid for anything. But the bill got paid off, a few dollars at a time, over a...
  • 'Universal health care': Part II

    05/06/2003 9:47:42 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 397+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Wednesday, May 7, 2003 | by Thomas Sowell
    Whenever I hear about how many Americans do not have health insurance, my usual response is to wish that I were one of them. That does not mean that I want to continue paying taxes and insurance premiums without getting the benefits. It means that I would rather pay doctors and pharmacies directly, without sending the money through bureaucratic channels in the government and the insurance companies, with all the restrictions and red tape that bureaucrats produce. Neither bureaucracies nor red tape is free. So we are talking about my having to pay more money for things I don't want,...
  • Thomas Sowell: Universal health care

    05/06/2003 4:33:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 31 replies · 569+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | May 6, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    If there was one defining moment in the debates among an already crowded field of Democrats seeking their party's presidential nomination in 2004, it may well have been when Congressman Dennis Kucinich, pushing for government-provided health care, spoke with obvious disgust of the "profits" of the insurance companies and provoked a burst of spontaneous applause from like-minded members of the audience. Insurance companies, like every other kind of institution, have to earn money in order to keep functioning. So does every individual who was not born rich. But some people react to the word "profit" with automatic responses, like Pavlov's...
  • Work pays!

    05/02/2003 12:53:14 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 405+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Friday, May 2, 2003 | by Thomas Sowell
    Those for whom indignation is a way of life often inform us of the fact that families or households in the top 10 or 20 percent in income make far more money than people in the bottom 10 or 20 percent in income. What they almost never inform us of are how much money they are talking about and how many people in these different brackets actually work. These omissions are neither incidental nor accidental. If the full facts were brought out, those facts would completely undermine the picture presented by the envy zealots or, as they prefer to be...
  • Random Thoughts for April 2003

    04/26/2003 11:07:28 AM PDT · by alnitak · 3 replies · 305+ views
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | (April 26, 2003) | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Even though Saddam Hussein's regime has been toppled, there are still pockets of resistance -- not only in Iraq but in Paris, Berkeley, and in the editorial offices of the New York Times. These die-hards may hold out for years. The many richly deserved tributes to the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan focussed on his rise from a poor shoe-shine boy to the highest pinnacles of government. What also needs to be said is that America is a very fortunate country to be able to tap the brainpower, talents, and insights of people in all...
  • Quota 'logic' part II

    04/23/2003 12:04:24 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 23 replies · 339+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2003 | by Thomas Sowell
    Princeton professor James M. McPherson's recent arguments for affirmative action, in a newsletter to members of the American Historical Association, makes many sweeping assertions and implicit assumptions that need not even be challenged to show the shakiness of his arguments. However, since we both belong to an organization devoted to history, let me make a few corrections of the history that Professor McPherson offers. First of all, he mentions that his academic career began in 1962 at Princeton, as a result of what he now calls "the infamous 'old boy network,' " which he characterizes as affirmative action for white...
  • Quota 'logic'

    04/21/2003 10:16:03 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 237+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2003 | by Thomas Sowell
    Old-timers may remember a radio program about a crime-fighting hero called The Shadow, who had "the power to cloud men's minds, so that they cannot see him." Affirmative action has that same power today. Some of the murkiest thinking of our times has come from those defending group preferences and quotas. Professor James M. McPherson of Princeton University has launched a recent defense of affirmative action that is classic. For example, affirmative action is redefined to include such things as the fact that he and other white males of his generation "received a great deal of support from faculty and...
  • The Media and The War

    04/10/2003 4:24:52 AM PDT · by arasina · 8 replies · 341+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    Thomas SowellThe recent deaths of journalists in Baghdad are more than just personal tragedies. Both the chances that these journalists have taken and the indignant reactions by the surviving journalists are a sad sign of a growing lack of realism in our times, especially among the intelligentsia in the media and in academia. More than a century after General Sherman said, "War is hell," it still seems to come as a great shock to some people when journalists get killed in the middle of a battle zone. The fact that they were warned beforehand by American authorities that no special...
  • Thomas Sowell: Academia and the war

    04/09/2003 9:59:27 AM PDT · by UnklGene · 9 replies · 333+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | April 9, 2003 / 7 Nisan, 5763 | Thomas Sowell
    Jewish World Review April 9, 2003 / 7 Nisan II 5763 Thomas Sowell Academia and the war http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | Those of us whose pessimism about our country's social degeneration sometimes borders on despair have been given a reality check by the dedication, discipline, and decency of our troops in Iraq, as well as by the advanced technology of the military equipment they use. There is more than a little hope there. A recent episode at Amherst College provides even more reason to hope, for it shows a striking contrast between the behavior of college professors and their students in response...
  • The grand fraud: part IV

    04/04/2003 2:54:10 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 303+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Friday, April 4, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    Someone once said of Lillian Hellman that every word she uttered was a lie, including "and" and "the." Many defenders of affirmative action deserve a Lillian Hellman award. Not only is much of what they say contradicted by readily available facts, much of what they say publicly contradicts what they themselves say privately. Often their very reasons for favoring affirmative action are false. Supposedly, affirmative action in college admissions -- the issue currently before the U.S. Supreme Court -- is to help black students. But why are so many big businesses filing briefs with the Supreme Court in support of...
  • [Sowell] The grand fraud: part III

    04/03/2003 1:35:10 AM PST · by xsysmgr · 2 replies · 389+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    If you would like to be taller than you are, do you think that joining a basketball team would help? After all, statistics prove that members of basketball teams are taller than other people.If this seems like a strange way to reason, it is the same kind of reasoning used by those who argue that minority students need affirmative action to get into top-rated colleges and universities, because graduates of those institutions have more upscale careers.I am sure that my graduating class at Harvard has had a high income. After all, it contained a Rockefeller and the Aga Khan,...
  • The grand fraud: part II

    04/01/2003 11:05:44 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 419+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Wednesday, April 2, 2003 | by Thomas Sowell
    Fraud is as pervasive in arguments for affirmative action for women as in arguments for affirmative action for blacks. In fact, a whole fraudulent history has been concocted to explain the changing economic position of women over the years. In the feminist movement's version of history, women's changing economic position is explained by women's being repressed by men until they began to be rescued in the 1960s by the women's movement, anti-discrimination policies, and affirmative action. Hard facts tell a very different story. Women had achieved a higher representation in higher education and in many professions in earlier decades of...
  • Thomas Sowell: The grand fraud [Affirmative action]

    04/01/2003 4:54:03 AM PST · by xsysmgr · 11 replies · 722+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    No issue has been more saturated with dishonesty than the issue of racial quotas and preferences, which is now being examined by the Supreme Court of the United States. Many defenders of affirmative action are not even honest enough to admit that they are talking about quotas and preferences, even though everyone knows that that is what affirmative action amounts to in practice.Despite all the gushing about the mystical benefits of "diversity" in higher education, a recent study by respected academic scholars found that "college diversity programs fail to raise standards" and that "a majority of faculty members and...
  • THOMAS SOWELL: Foreign "aid"

    03/31/2003 4:38:02 PM PST · by UnklGene · 17 replies · 456+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | March 31, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    THOMAS SOWELL Foreign "aid" http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | Now that the International Monetary Fund and its political and media allies are in a full-court press for more money from the American taxpayer, expect to see more stories about the supposedly good things the IMF and other international donor agencies have done and the lives they have supposedly saved in the Third World. But the reality is very different from the pious stories. When you do something for someone, that doesn't necessarily mean that what you did would not have been done without you. In fact, a case can be made that it...
  • Who is Pro War?

    03/29/2003 12:52:27 AM PST · by cgk · 4 replies · 349+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 3-28-03 | Thomas Sowell
    Thomas Sowell Who is pro-war? To Keep World Peace, We Must Stop Saddam We have heard a lot about anti-war demonstrators. Indeed, we have heard a lot from anti-war spokesmen, as the media continue their corrupt practice of providing free air time to those whose antics provide them with footage for their news broadcasts. But what about those who are pro-war? Who said, "At last the war has begun"? Certainly no one in the Bush administration, nor in the military, nor anyone among the conservative or neo-conservative publications supporting the president's military actions. That headline appeared in bold letters across...
  • Artificial stupidity

    03/26/2003 5:42:37 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 13 replies · 376+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Wednesday, March 26, 2003 | by Thomas Sowell
    A recent news story about a teacher who assigned her students to write anti-war letters may have seemed like just an isolated episode, but teachers using students for their own little ego trips is by no means uncommon. Perhaps the worst recent example was a teacher who unleashed her venom on the children of military personnel who had gone off to fight in Iraq. Just last week I received a bundle of letters from students who have apparently been given an assignment to write to me by a teacher in an English class in Flat Rock High School in Flat...
  • A death in the family

    03/14/2003 12:27:32 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 357+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Friday, March 15, 2003 | by Thomas Sowell
    A death in the family is always hard to take, even when it is the death of someone who has lived a long and full life, and was not expected to survive much longer. But it is especially hard when it is the sudden and unexpected death of someone younger, such as the recent death of my niece, whom I will call Margaret, out of respect for the privacy of her children. Only about a month ago, we were relieved to learn that Margaret did not have cancer, as doctors had thought. But she died of a heart attack. It...
  • Pete vs. Joe

    03/12/2003 10:45:21 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 570+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Thursday, March 13, 2003 | by Thomas Sowell
    A San Francisco sports writer has joined the chorus of those who argue that Pete Rose should be admitted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, despite being banned from baseball for violating one of its cardinal rules, against betting on ball games. The argument is: What have Pete's personal shortcomings got to do with the fact that he had a great career on the field? If we are going to go that route, and accept that kind of reasoning, then the time is long overdue to induct Shoeless Joe Jackson into the Baseball Hall of Fame. After all, Shoeless Joe...
  • The other filibuster

    03/11/2003 11:38:50 PM PST · by kattracks · 11 replies · 376+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 3/12/03 | Thomas Sowell
    While Senate Democrats are filibustering against the nomination of Miguel Estrada to the federal appeals court, liberals in the media are filibustering against conservative judges in general. The hallmark of these liberal media filibusters is that they can find little or nothing specific to criticize about how the judges have interpreted the laws, so the critics resort to rhetoric, confusion and guilt by association. A classic of this genre was an article in the New York Times magazine section on March 9th, attacking the conservative judges on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. This voluminous article contained not one example...
  • Diversity's limited backyard (Thomas Sowell)

    03/09/2003 10:23:57 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 435+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 9, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    <p>My favorite salesman in my favorite camera store in Palo Alto, Calif., happened to mention that he lives in the town of Tracy. That is about an hour and a half drive to work in rush hour traffic. Why was this man spending three hours a day on the highway? Because housing prices are so high in Palo Alto — and up and down the whole San Francisco Peninsula.</p>
  • 'Diversity' for thee, not me

    03/05/2003 10:32:14 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 238+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Thursday, March 6, 2003 | by Thomas Sowell
    My favorite salesman in my favorite camera store in Palo Alto, California, happened to mention that he lives in the town of Tracy. That is about an hour and a half drive to work in rush hour traffic. Why was this man spending three hours a day on the highway? Because housing prices are so high in Palo Alto -- and up and down the whole San Francisco peninsula. This is not due to supply and demand in a free market. It is largely due to rich busybodies who have promoted severe restrictions on the building of housing under a...
  • Instant Rush?

    02/20/2003 9:33:33 PM PST · by kattracks · 14 replies · 473+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 2/21/03 | Thomas Sowell
    Liberals have been throwing money at problems for so long that it should not be surprising that they are now ready to throw money at the problem they have with the predominance of conservative talk show hosts on radio. For a change, rich liberals will be throwing their own money at a problem, rather than the taxpayers' money. The game plan seems to be to have limousine liberals write some big checks to get a liberal radio network started, leading to an instant Rush Limbaugh on the left! The dry runs thus far have not been promising. Articulate liberals...
  • Undeclared wars

    02/20/2003 8:57:16 AM PST · by WaterDragon · 4 replies · 304+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    It is a painful reminder of human folly, irresponsibility, and exhibitionism that millions of "anti-war" demonstrators have somehow convinced themselves that they have some special aversion to war. No sane human being wants war. There would be cheers throughout the White House if Saddam Hussein decided to pack his bags and go into retirement somewhere. The real question is: What are the alternatives at this point? The alternative proposed by France is precisely the alternative that led France into disaster and humiliation in World War II. France "gave peace a chance," both before and after that conflict began. In violation...
  • Undeclared wars (Thomas Sowell)

    02/19/2003 11:03:30 PM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 349+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 2/20/03 | Thomas Sowell
    It is a painful reminder of human folly, irresponsibility, and exhibitionism that millions of "anti-war" demonstrators have somehow convinced themselves that they have some special aversion to war. No sane human being wants war. There would be cheers throughout the White House if Saddam Hussein decided to pack his bags and go into retirement somewhere. The real question is: What are the alternatives at this point? The alternative proposed by France is precisely the alternative that led France into disaster and humiliation in World War II. France "gave peace a chance," both before and after that conflict began. In...
  • ***Thomas Sowell*** Random thoughts

    02/17/2003 12:59:15 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 10 replies · 597+ views
    http://jewishworldreview.com ^ | Feb. 14, 2003 | Thomas Sowell http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Everything is relative. In most of coastal California, Ted Kennedy would be politically middle of the road -- and, in San Francisco, right of center. A lot of what is called "public service" consists of making hoops for other people to jump through. It is a great career for those who cannot feel fulfilled unless they are telling other people what to do. The Empire State Building was built in less time than has already been spent debating what to build on the site of the World Trade Center. One of these days the...
  • Big business and quotas (Sowell)

    02/11/2003 2:52:20 AM PST · by xsysmgr · 5 replies · 513+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | February 10, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    Anyone who thinks that business is gung ho for the free market has just not been paying attention to business. Adam Smith knew better, back in the 18th century. Although he was the patron saint of capitalism, Smith was no fan of capitalists. Any policy advocated by businessmen, he said, "ought never to be adopted till after having been long and carefully examined, not only with the most scrupulous, but with the most suspicious attention." In our own time, as in Adam Smith's time, businesses have not hesitated to advocate government interference with free markets. Tariffs on steel and...
  • Give Minority Youngsters a Lousy Education and Then Admit Them to College By Quotas

    02/09/2003 12:15:00 PM PST · by Enemy Of The State · 33 replies · 850+ views
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | 2.9.03 | Thomas Sowell
    Give Minority Youngsters a Lousy Education and Then Admit Them to College By Quotas by Thomas Sowell  (February 9, 2003)   Summary: It has been said that, when Ronald Reagan was governor of California, someone told him that admitting students to the University of California on individual performance alone could mean that all the students at Berkeley might be Asian Americans. "So what?" was the Gipper's response. [CAPITALISM MAGAZINE.COM] It has been said that, when Ronald Reagan was governor of California, someone told him that admitting students to the University of California on individual performance alone could mean that all the...
  • Damaging admissions (Thomas Sowell)

    02/07/2003 5:45:04 AM PST · by xsysmgr · 5 replies · 395+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | February 7, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    Not the least of the damage done by affirmative action is damage to the English language. In addition to all the euphemisms concocted to evade the simple fact of racial quotas and double standards, there has long been a fog of obscure phrases shrouding the issues involved. Yet, despite all these murky words, the sunlight of truth still breaks through now and then. A recently published book titled "Increasing Faculty Diversity" represents such a breakthrough, though it too could stand an English translation. Using massive amounts of data released by Ivy League colleges and others, authors Stephen Cole and...
  • A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell (book review)

    02/06/2003 1:14:09 PM PST · by WaterDragon · 26 replies · 768+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | February 1, 2003 | Peggy Whitcomb
    "Mad as the sea and wind when both contend." -- Hamlet "They're talking apples and oranges!" is a familiar frustrated cry from bystanders listening to a furious discussion. It means that while the two sides seem to be arguing about the same thing, they probably aren't. For example, when Democrats in Congress denounce the "unacceptable costs" of President Bush's tax cut proposal, the Democrats are stating their belief that government would be negligent in its duties if it allowed a reduction in the flow of money to Washington --money which the Democrats confidently believe they spend wisely to create and...
  • For what purpose?

    02/05/2003 9:34:50 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 217+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Thursday, February 6, 2003 | by Thomas Sowell
    It has been said that, when Ronald Reagan was governor of California, someone told him that admitting students to the University of California on individual performance alone could mean that all the students at Berkeley might be Asian Americans. "So what?" was the Gipper's response. Like many other Reagan remarks, it cut through mountains of nonsense and knocked over numerous houses of cards that keep the intelligentsia wringing their hands. A classic example is a recent New York Times story that said: "Asians gain when affirmative action ends. Other minorities don't. What's fair?" Let's go back to square one. Why...
  • A cold shower (Thomas Sowell)

    01/30/2003 9:47:34 PM PST · by kattracks · 12 replies · 647+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 1/31/03 | Thomas Sowell
    Sometimes a phrase betrays a whole mindset. Someone quoted in the New York Times recently referred to the Bush tax cut as one in which "most of the benefits would be showered on the richest taxpayers." Keeping money that you yourself earned is called having benefits "showered" on you! By this reasoning, anyone who has the power to take something from you and doesn't take it all is "showering" benefits on you. Anyone who has a gun and doesn't use it to kill you is showering life itself on you. Big spenders and big taxers never want to face...
  • Disarming a country (Thomas Sowell)

    01/29/2003 9:24:01 PM PST · by kattracks · 31 replies · 574+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 1/30/03 | Thomas Sowell
    History does not literally repeat itself, but sometimes it comes awfully close. Iraq is not the first dangerous dictatorship that international agreements tried to keep disarmed. Nor is it the first where that effort failed. Back in the 1930s, Germany's military forces were limited by a ban on conscription, by limitations on the number and kinds of weapons it could have, and by a requirement that it station no troops in its own industrialized Rhineland. These requirements were in the treaty of Versailles, which ended the First World War. Demilitarizing the Rhineland was perhaps the crucial provision of these...
  • A deadly pretense

    01/24/2003 10:43:06 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 330+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Saturday, January 25, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    <p>Angelo Marinda was a cute little baby but he never lived to see his first birthday because he was another victim of a widespread pretense of knowledge that has produced many tragedies.</p> <p>Twelve days after he was born last April, little Angelo was in a hospital being treated for broken ankles and ribs. Although no one admitted abusing him, ankles and ribs don't break themselves, so he was removed from the home where his unmarried parents lived with relatives.</p>
  • A deadly pretense (Thomas Sowell)

    01/22/2003 9:26:40 PM PST · by kattracks · 7 replies · 617+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 1/23/03 | Thomas Sowell
    Angelo Marinda was a cute little baby but he never lived to see his first birthday because he was another victim of a widespread pretense of knowledge that has produced many tragedies. Twelve days after he was born last April, little Angelo was in a hospital being treated for broken ankles and ribs. Although no one admitted abusing him, ankles and ribs don't break themselves, so he was removed from the home where his unmarried parents lived with relatives. Then came the pretense of knowledge. There is something called "family reunification services" which are supposed to change abusive parents,...
  • Liberals Aren't Telling Truth About 'Tax Cuts for the Rich'

    01/21/2003 5:06:09 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 18 replies · 459+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | January 21, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    The familiar chorus of "tax cuts for the rich" has begun to ring out across the political landscape in the wake of President George W. Bush's proposals to boost the economy. The time is long overdue to expose some of the fallacies folded up inside that phrase. The dirty little secret is that those defined as "the rich" by liberal politicians include most of the American people in the course of their lifetimes. Even people who were in the bottom 20 percent in income in 1975 were in the top 20 percent at some point during the next two decades....
  • Educating the European way (NOOOO!!!)

    01/20/2003 9:49:26 AM PST · by lavaroise · 14 replies · 1,798+ views
    The World and I ^ | By Margarita Assenova
    By Margarita Assenova (Rigor, the fourth R: Curricula in Europeon classrooms, such as this one in Aschaffenburg, Germany, have a far bigger dose of academic subject matter than those in the United States.) Because of their heavy curriculum requirements, European students regularly surpass their American counterparts on international tests. hen English is your second or third language, it's certainly not easy to take the college-admission Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)--let alone do well on it. Yet many European students score at the highest levels in competition with their American peers for admission to Ivy League schools in the United States. Western...
  • Hard times for envy (Thomas Sowell)

    01/14/2003 9:23:37 PM PST · by kattracks · 10 replies · 540+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 1/15/03 | Thomas Sowell
    When driving down the highway with my car on cruise control and the stereo playing "Stompin' at the Savoy," I am in heaven. There are millions of later model cars on the road, and no doubt some better stereo systems, as well as more scenic highways. But why should I spend energy dwelling on all that, in order to torture myself with envy? Envy used to be just a human failing, but today it is a major industry. Politicians, journalists and academics are all part of that industry, which some call "social justice." Virtually everybody is worse off than...
  • Economic vs. politics

    01/13/2003 9:33:30 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 337+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Tuesday, January 14, 2003 | by Thomas Sowell
    QUICK LINKS: HOME | NEWS | OPINION | RIGHTPAGES | CHAT | WHAT'S NEW townhall.comThomas Sowell (back to story)January 14, 2003Economic vs. politics The familiar chorus of "tax cuts for the rich" has begun to ring out across the political landscape, in the wake of President Bush's proposals to boost the economy. The time is long overdue to expose some of the fallacies folded up inside that phrase. The dirty little secret is that those defined as "the rich" by liberal politicians include most of the American people, in the course of their lifetimes. Even people who were in...
  • Quotas on trial: Part II (Thomas Sowell)

    01/10/2003 10:08:47 PM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 370+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1/11/03 | Thomas Sowell
    <p>When the case for affirmative action in college and university admissions is argued before the Supreme Court this year, the justices are likely to hear many theories, many assertions — and little evidence. People who are for or against affirmative action are usually for or against the theory of it. What actually happens under this policy gets remarkably little attention.</p>
  • Quotas on trial (Thomas Sowell)

    01/10/2003 12:16:50 AM PST · by kattracks · 7 replies · 390+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1/10/03 | Thomas Sowell
    <p>Now that the Supreme Court has agreed to rule on affirmative action in college and university admissions, will this issue be settled at long last or will the justices come up with some murky compromise, like the Bakke decision of 25 years ago, which has led to a quarter of a century of confusion, hypocrisy, resentments and polarization?</p>
  • (Sowell) Quotas on trial: part II

    01/09/2003 5:30:27 AM PST · by xsysmgr · 4 replies · 331+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | January 9, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    When the case for affirmative action in college and university admissions is argued before the Supreme Court this year, the justices are likely to hear many theories, many assertions -- and little evidence. People who are for or against affirmative action are usually for or against the theory of it. What actually happens under this policy gets remarkably little attention. There is one study, however, that is virtually certain to be cited as evidence by those defending racial preferences and quotas, because it is regarded by liberals in the media and academia as definitive -- at least by those...
  • Sowell: Dangers Ahead--From the Right

    01/05/2003 4:25:54 AM PST · by The Raven · 41 replies · 470+ views
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | jan 5, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    This year may be long remembered as the year when either the wisdom or the lack of wisdom of our leaders decided the fate of Americans yet unborn. The undeclared war against this country by nations harboring and fostering terrorists sworn to our destruction became undeniable on September 11, 2001. The nuclear threat implicit in these undeclared wars became explicit last year, when North Korea openly repudiated the treaty by which Bill Clinton had tried to buy them off by essentially paying blackmail to get their nuclear weapons off the headlines. Sweeping the problem under the rug worked for Clinton,...
  • Dangers ahead -- from the left (Thomas Sowell)

    01/02/2003 9:58:07 PM PST · by kattracks · 12 replies · 327+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 1/03/03 | Thomas Sowell
    This is almost certain to be a historic year -- whether because we begin to break the back of international terrorism, beginning with Iraq, or because international terrorism begins scoring major victories, beginning with North Korea's brazen nuclear challenge. What the future holds can be of monumental proportions, either way. While we cannot know the future, we can -- and must -- take a long, hard look at the present, from which that future will emerge. There are some scary signs on both the left and the right. Senator Patty Murray's recent silly statement, that Osama bin Laden's popularity...