Thomas Sowell from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:47:35 -0700 Thomas Sowell from Creators Syndicate 06f1f3b7d2be358ae2c9f1212213d421 Lessons From the Past for 01/28/2019 Mon, 28 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Seventy-one years ago this month &#8212; in January 1948 &#8212; a black, 17-year-old high school dropout left home. The last grade he had completed was the 9th grade. He had no skills, little experience, and not a lot of maturity. Yet he was able to find jobs to support himself, to a far greater extent than someone similar can find jobs today.</p> <p>I know because I was that black 17-year-old. And, decades later, I did research on economic conditions back then.<p>Updated: Mon Jan 28, 2019</p> a1e305976b887bf2b9f6b4e285ee29b7 Fact-Free Politics for 01/17/2019 Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In this era when there has been more information available to more people than at any time in the past, it is also true that there has been more misinformation from more different sources than ever. We are not talking about differences of opinion or inadequate verification, but about statements and catchwords in utter defiance of facts.</p> <p>Among the most popular current catchwords are "climate change deniers." Stop and think. Have you ever &#8212; even once in your entire life &#8212; seen, heard or read even one human being who denied that climates change?<p>Updated: Thu Jan 17, 2019</p> b2cb7483d6108517a8664c9f0551d86e Moral Bankruptcy for 11/19/2018 Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>People who follow politics, even casually, learn not to expect high moral standards from politicians. But there are some outrages that show a new low, even for politicians.</p> <p>Among the consequences of Democrats' recent election victories, especially at the state and local levels, is the election of officials who have publicly announced their opposition to charter schools, and their determination to restrict or roll back the growth of those schools.<p>Updated: Mon Nov 19, 2018</p> c9eae866dc73d41ad34ecddcb9097a6c 'Tax Cuts for the Rich'? for 05/01/2017 Mon, 01 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One of the painful realities of our times is how long a political lie can survive, even after having been disproved years ago, or even generations ago.</p> <p>A classic example is the phrase "tax cuts for the rich," which is loudly proclaimed by opponents, whenever there is a proposal to reduce tax rates. The current proposal to reduce federal tax rates has revived this phrase, which was disproved by facts, as far back as the 1920s &#8212; and by now should be called "tax lies for the gullible."<p>Updated: Mon May 01, 2017</p> bf322f111f6fbfce6e561d33faa0f902 The Real Lessons of Middlebury College for 03/13/2017 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Many people seem shocked at the recent savagery of a mob of students at Middlebury College, who rioted to prevent Charles Murray from addressing a student group who had invited him to speak. They also inflicted injuries requiring hospitalization on a woman from the faculty who was with him.</p> <p>Where have all these shocked people been all these years? What happened at Middlebury College has been happening for decades, all across the country, from Berkeley to Harvard. Moreover, even critics of the Middlebury College rioters betray some of the same irresponsible mindset as that of the young rioters.</p> <p>The moral dry rot in academia &#8212; and beyond &#8212; goes far deeper than student storm troopers at one college.<p>Updated: Mon Mar 13, 2017</p> fc53446ee27f8ddd2950eb46f3a69d4c Education at a Crossroads for 02/04/2017 Sat, 04 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In just a matter of days &#8212; perhaps next Monday &#8212; a decision will be made in Washington affecting the futures of millions of children in low-income communities, and in the very troubled area of race relations in America. </p> <p>An opportunity has arisen &#8212; belatedly &#8212; that may not come again in this generation. That is an opportunity to greatly expand the kinds of schools that have successfully educated, to a high level, inner-city youngsters whom the great bulk of public schools fail to educate to even minimally adequate levels.</p> <p>What may seem on the surface to be merely a matter of whether the U.S. Senate confirms or rejects the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be head of the U.S. Department of Education involves far bigger stakes. <p>Updated: Sat Feb 04, 2017</p> fd3a7cdde49edb4adc1aa32cc2bbb4a6 Education at a Crossroads: Part II for 02/04/2017 Sat, 04 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>One of the painful realities of our time is that most public schools in most low-income, inner-city neighborhoods produce educational outcomes that are far below the outcomes in other neighborhoods, and especially in more affluent neighborhoods.</p> <p>Attempts to assign blame are too numerous to name, much less explore. But as someone who has, for more than 40 years, been researching those particular minority schools that have been successful, I am struck both by their success and by how varied are the ways that success has been achieved.</p> <p>In doing research for a 1976 article, "Patterns of Black Excellence," I discovered that the educational methods used to educate low-income, minority children in successful schools ranged from very traditional and strict methods in some parochial schools to very different approaches in other schools.<p>Updated: Sat Feb 04, 2017</p> aacb34c907dd149d36c04488fec1655a Farewell for 12/27/2016 Tue, 27 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p><p>Updated: Tue Dec 27, 2016</p> 827fe4a682845d32e811119c9fae428a Random Thoughts, Looking Back for 12/27/2016 Tue, 27 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Any honest man, looking back on a very long life, must admit &#8212; even if only to himself &#8212; being a relic of a bygone era. Having lived long enough to have seen both "the greatest generation" that fought World War II and the gratingest generation that we see all around us today, makes being a relic of the past more of a boast than an admission.</p> <p>Not everything in the past was admirable. Poet W.H. Auden called the 1930s "a low dishonest decade." So were the 1960s, which launched many of the trends we are experiencing so painfully today. Some of the fashionable notions of the 1930s reappeared in the 1960s, often using the very same discredited words and producing the same disastrous consequences.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 27, 2016</p> fd5858adee08148a5c0f099e45466d51 The 'Diversity' Fraud for 12/20/2016 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Nothing so epitomizes the politically correct gullibility of our times as the magic word "diversity." The wonders of diversity are proclaimed from the media, extolled in the academy and confirmed in the august chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States. But have you ever seen one speck of hard evidence to support the lofty claims?</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Although diversity has become one of the leading buzzwords of our time, it has a history that goes back several generations.</span> In the early twentieth century, the principle of geographic diversity was used to conceal bias against Jews in the admission of students to Harvard and other leading academic institutions.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 20, 2016</p> 6a18bd22da4a76e1133dee6d8ca37954 A Public Service for 12/20/2016 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Sometimes someone inadvertently performs a public service by bringing an unbelievably stupid and dangerous idea to the surface, where it can be exposed for what it is.</p> <p>The New York Times can be credited &#8212; if that is the word &#8212; with performing this public service in a recent editorial against proposals to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed guns. They refer to what they call the National Rifle Association's "fantasy that citizens can stand up to gunmen by shooting it out."<p>Updated: Tue Dec 20, 2016</p> c8e21554bcc591d287ba7ea7d9850675 Where Are We? for 12/13/2016 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We are now in a kind of political no-man's-land between an administration on its way out and a new administration taking shape. Predictions are always risky &#8212; and nowhere more so than in times like these.</p> <p>What we can do, however, is assess where we are, and what some of the opportunities and dangers are.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 13, 2016</p> 9685b3b21496b1e678ca6594cd7299f9 The Left's Gambles for 12/06/2016 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Sometimes life forces us to make decisions, even when we don't have enough information to know how the decision will turn out. The risks may be even greater when people make decisions for other people. Yet there are some who are not only willing, but eager, to take decisions away from those who are directly affected.</p> <p>Something as personal as what doctor we want to go to has been taken out of our hands by ObamaCare. What job offer, at what pay rate, someone wants to accept has been taken out of their hands by minimum wage laws.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 06, 2016</p> c9f11a2bb100d32e520ed12f7b86326f Football and Fallacies for 11/23/2016 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This is a football story with both political and legal implications.</p> <p>It was fourth down in a National Football League game, and the punting team came onto the field. The other team went into their formation to defend against the punt. Then somebody noticed that the man set to kick the punt was black.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 23, 2016</p> b5870795b849ce8888748b792579bea6 Backward-Looking 'Progressives' for 11/22/2016 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>People who call themselves "progressives" claim to be forward-looking, but a remarkable amount of the things they say and do are based on looking backward.</p> <p>One of the maddening aspects of the thinking, or non-thinking, on the political left is their failure to understand that there is nothing they can do about the past. Whether people on the left are talking about college admissions or criminal justice, or many other decisions, they go on and on about how some people were born with lesser chances in life than other people.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 22, 2016</p> abc1c762fd87763c22a85b3ab8262d44 What Now? for 11/14/2016 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The good news is that we dodged a bullet in this election. The bad news is that we don't know how many other bullets are coming, or from what direction.</p> <p>A Hillary Clinton victory would have meant a third consecutive administration dedicated to dismantling the institutions that have kept America free, and imposing instead the social vision of the smug elites. That could have been the ultimate catastrophe &#8212; not just for our time, but for generations yet unborn.<p>Updated: Mon Nov 14, 2016</p> 8387b72545a4fe2ef007986fdc6fcd62 What Now?: Part II for 11/14/2016 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As the post-election shock of some, and the euphoria of others, both begin to wear off, the country and the new administration will have some very serious problems to face, at home and abroad. How those problems are faced &#8212; or evaded &#8212; will tell us a lot about the next four years, and about the longer-run future as well.</p> <p>As the multiple disasters of ObamaCare become ever more painfully visible with the passage of time, the big question is whether to repeal it or to start tinkering with it, in hopes of being able to "save" it.<p>Updated: Mon Nov 14, 2016</p> 861b8a855dc5fd01ce476d3a27758919 Painful Choices for 11/08/2016 Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Let's talk sense about the election. Nothing is to be gained by refusing to face the hard facts. What are those facts?</p> <p>First of all, neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump has the qualifications, the track record or the personal character to be President of the United States.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 08, 2016</p> 1b7ae33978ee65098e1b9374dc5a2aa9 Painful Choices: Part II for 11/08/2016 Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In most Presidential election years, the most important vote is the vote for President of the United States. This year, the most important vote looks like the vote for control of the Senate. Regardless of who wins the White House, the freedom that Americans have taken for granted &#8212; taken too much for granted, for far too long &#8212; can be destroyed by whomever the next President puts on the Supreme Court.</p> <p>Since the Senate has the power to approve or disapprove whatever nominee any President wants to put on the High Court, that makes the Senate this country's last line of defense against any headstrong President who puts his or her own power ahead of the freedom of more than 300 million Americans and of future generations.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 08, 2016</p> 8b4ed51769ecc9b1da4617847cb94359 Random Thoughts for 11/01/2016 Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Random thoughts on the passing scene:</p> <p>There seem to be fewer bumper stickers this year than in previous presidential election years. People may decide to vote for one of these candidates, but apparently they are not proud of their choice.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 01, 2016</p>