Thomas Sowell from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:07:27 -0700 Thomas Sowell from Creators Syndicate 7b86974b4257b4466def40584d3ce677 Immigration Controversies for 10/25/2016 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Despite controversies that rage over immigration, it is hard to see how anyone could be either for or against immigrants in general. First of all, there are no immigrants in general.</p> <p>Both in the present and in the past, some immigrant groups have made great contributions to American society, and others have contributed mainly to the welfare rolls and the prisons. Nor is this situation unique to the United States. The same has been true of Sweden and of other countries in Europe and elsewhere.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 25, 2016</p> 9076244ec8cd35b73d57cba459043292 Turnout Time for 10/25/2016 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Some of us this election year don't even want to say the words "Clinton" or "Trump" &#8212; and with good reason. However, there is one word that we should keep in mind: "Turnout."</p> <p>If we sit home in disgust on election day, we forfeit the right &#8212; and the duty &#8212; to elect a Congress that can keep either of these dangerous people from doing permanent damage to this country and to the future of this generation &#8212; and generations yet unborn.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 25, 2016</p> cbe9c29fbf7be010bd770663e384d76c The Left and the Masses for 10/18/2016 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The greatest moral claim of the political left is that they are for the masses in general and the poor in particular. That is also their greatest fraud. It even fools many leftists themselves.</p> <p>One of the most recent efforts of the left is the spread of laws and policies that forbid employers from asking job applicants whether they have been arrested or imprisoned. This is said to be to help ex-cons get a job after they have served their time, and ex-cons are often either poor or black, or both.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 18, 2016</p> bd71e0a44bd2246d2acada787c7f483f The Left and the Masses: Part II for 10/18/2016 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It is never easy to tell what people's motives are. But, when the political left proclaims their devotion to improving the lives of others in general, and of the poor in particular, we can at least get some clues from the way they go about it.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">One of the first things the left does is take away the right of other people to make their own choices.</span><p>Updated: Tue Oct 18, 2016</p> 0a0958a20bb8792c20bb7f63996f710c The Left and the Masses: Part III for 10/18/2016 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Claiming the role of champions of the masses is something the political left has been doing ever since there has been a political left &#8212; which is to say, ever since the late 18th century, when people with such views sat on the left side of the French National Assembly.</p> <p>Like so much that is claimed by the left, their compassion for the masses has seldom been subjected to any factual test. Both their words and their deeds reveal their low opinion of the people they claim to be championing.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 18, 2016</p> dd680dc41547f4e1d01794d6d20f1720 Words Versus Deeds for 10/11/2016 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Donald Trump's gutter talk about women shows yet again that he is bad news. The problem is that Hillary Clinton is far worse.</p> <p>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.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 11, 2016</p> 344b2963fb2a6c84b84b2ca075c76c68 The Academic Curtain for 10/04/2016 Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Ironically, despite the victory of democracy over dictatorship that brought the Cold War to an end, within American society there has slowly but steadily developed in too many of our own colleges and universities a set of restrictions on what can be said on campus, either by students or professors, or by outside speakers with views that contradict the political correctness of our time.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 04, 2016</p> 2b95a1694082d70aa48db2aca13b85cc Dunbar High School After 100 Years for 10/04/2016 Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One hundred years ago, on October 2, 1916, a new public high school building for black youngsters was opened in Washington, D.C. and named for black poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Its history is a story inspiring in many ways and appalling in many other ways.</p> <p>Prior to 1916, the same high school had existed under other names, housed in other buildings &#8212; and with a remarkable academic record.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 04, 2016</p> 17cd7d710c15e504a7bc7c9d61331dc2 'Favors' to Blacks for 09/27/2016 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>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 &#8212; off the record &#8212; what his response to them was. He said, "I give them all A's and B's. To hell with them."</p> <p>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 &#8212; not just from the students, but also from the administration.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 27, 2016</p> 48c70370bc94548574f1b90ce870c7fe Our Political Predicament for 09/20/2016 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>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.</p> <p>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 and is beginning to burst into flames.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 20, 2016</p> 1f6cafb496cf2168695c54801cb8dcdf Racial Issues for 09/13/2016 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>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.</p> <p>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.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 13, 2016</p> fd6497a52986bcef3248c52f812934a5 Election Year Books for 09/13/2016 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>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.</p> <p>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 not written this year and is not even about the United States, much less our current presidential or other candidates.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 13, 2016</p> 41dd44accb96b4a9e04959945c270326 Misleading Statistics for 09/06/2016 Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Mark Twain famously said that there were three kinds of lies &#8212; "lies, damned lies, and statistics." Since this is an election year, we can expect to hear plenty of all three kinds.</p> <p>Even if the statistics themselves are absolutely accurate, the words that describe what they are measuring can be grossly misleading.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 06, 2016</p> aed557b371b083bef2592d67dcfe5bc1 Abstract Immigrants in an Abstract World for 08/30/2016 Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>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?</p> <p>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 &#8212; that time being now and that place being the United States of America.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 30, 2016</p> edd4154f1d59758c57bc52dd382cf904 A Gem in Chicago for 08/30/2016 Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>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.</p> <p>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.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 30, 2016</p> 1e0ec240c7dadeb3172b6143a45f3842 A Clash of Police Policies for 08/23/2016 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Amid the rioting in Milwaukee, there is also a clash between two leading lawmen there &#8212; 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.</p> <p>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.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 23, 2016</p> fc1dc11ab820bed19f76be4fb1275e93 Trump and Blacks for 08/18/2016 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Law and order, however, is not an earmarked benefit for any special group. It is a policy for all that is especially needed by law-abiding blacks, who are the principal victims of those who are not law-abiding.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 18, 2016</p> b274469bff186aa66eb578184d08bd11 Does Black Success Matter? for 08/16/2016 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>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.</p> <p>What about black success? Does that matter? Apparently not so much.</p> <p>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 academic standards of schools in more upscale communities.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 16, 2016</p> dbf4dc02c5188e1f5e8afde63e6657ac Old Lies for 08/09/2016 Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Women as a group do get paid less than men as a group. But not for doing the same work. Women average fewer annual hours of work than men. They work continuously for fewer years than men, since only women get pregnant, and most women are not prepared to instantly dump the baby on somebody else to raise.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 09, 2016</p> a9df3820d18d6a7c47f5969576dc297e New Critics of Trump for 08/09/2016 Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>A year ago, in August 2015, this column called "The Donald" the Democrats' Trump card. It is hard to imagine any other Republican candidate who could rescue a thoroughly discredited Hillary Clinton from a devastating defeat in this year's election.</p> <p>Now 50 prominent Republicans with foreign policy and national security experience have taken the unprecedented step of publicly and collectively announcing that they cannot vote for Donald Trump because they believe that he would be "the most reckless president in American history."</p> <p>Why? Not only because he has "demonstrated repeatedly that "he has little understanding" of the nation's "vital national interests" but because "Mr. Trump has shown no interest in educating himself."<p>Updated: Tue Aug 09, 2016</p>