Thomas Sowell from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 01 Aug 2021 09:13:08 -0700 Thomas Sowell from Creators Syndicate 2b3d4f1f87fe6bc2505ef2d1e17b6184 Is Truth Irrelevant? for 01/11/2021 Mon, 11 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It is amazing how many people seem to have discovered last Wednesday that riots are wrong &#8212; when many of those same people apparently had not noticed that when riots went on, for weeks or even months, in various cities across the country last year.</p> <p>For too many people, especially in the media, what is right and wrong, true or false, depends on who it helps or hurts politically. Too many media people who are supposed to be reporters act as if they are combatants in political wars. <p>Updated: Mon Jan 11, 2021</p> 27903da123d71ad38ef12b8243886dbd A Vote at the Crossroads for 01/05/2021 Tue, 05 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What makes the special election vote in Georgia historic is not just the specific issues or the specific candidates for the Senate who are on the ballot. As a nation, we are at a crossroads in the history of America. And if we take the wrong road, we may never get back again.</p> <p>If Georgia voters send two Democrats to the closely divided U.S. Senate, that will give the Democrats control of both houses of Congress, as well as the White House.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 05, 2021</p> d5fa58aad63845bcda4d59d5c8a0007f Walter E. Williams 1936-2020 for 12/02/2020 Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Walter Williams loved teaching. Unlike too many other teachers today, he made it a point never to impose his opinions on his students. Those who read his syndicated newspaper columns know that he expressed his opinions boldly and unequivocally there. But not in the classroom. </p> <p>Walter once said he hoped that, on the day he died, he would have taught a class that day. And that is just the way it was, when he died on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 02, 2020</p> bdd4a280bf0b1c0178633e4936649b5f Black Education Matters for 10/29/2020 Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Most Americans would probably be shocked and angry if they knew all the dirty tricks used to sabotage charter schools that are successfully educating low-income minority children. </p> <p>This is not "systemic racism." It is plain old selfishness on the part of traditional public school officials and teachers unions protecting their own vested interests.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 29, 2020</p> 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>