Dr. Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and author of "Applied Economics" and "Black Rednecks and White Liberals."

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  • The Gun Control Farce

    The Gun Control Farce

    Surely murder is a serious subject, which ought to be examined seriously. Instead, it is almost always examined politically in the context of gun control controversies, with stock arguments on both sides that have remained the same for decades. And | Read More »

  • Will Orlando Change Anything?

    Will Orlando Change Anything?

    However great the shock of the massacre in Orlando, it is only a matter of time before we start hearing again the fact-free dogma that “diversity is our strength.” If there is any place in the Guinness Book of World | Read More »

  • Is Personal Responsibility Obsolete?: Part 2

    Is Personal Responsibility Obsolete?: Part 2

    Too many social problems are conceived of in terms of what “we” can do for “them.” After decades of massive expansions of the welfare state, the answer seems to range from “not very much” to “making matters worse.” Undaunted, people | Read More »

  • Is Personal Responsibility Obsolete?

    Is Personal Responsibility Obsolete?

    Among the many disturbing signs of our times are conservatives and libertarians of high intelligence and high principles who are advocating government programs that relieve people of the necessity of working to provide their own livelihoods. Generations ago, both religious | Read More »

  • Socialism for the Uninformed

    Socialism for the Uninformed

    Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, | Read More »

  • Commencement Season

    Commencement Season

    This is the season of college Commencement speeches — an art form that has seldom been memorable, but has increasingly become toxic in recent times. Two themes seem to dominate Commencement speeches. One is shameless self-advertising by people in government, | Read More »

  • Grim Choices

    Grim Choices

    We must frankly face the fact that the front runners in both political parties represent a new low, at a time of domestic polarization and unprecedented nuclear dangers internationally.

  • Dry Rot in Academia

    Dry Rot in Academia

    Jason Riley has now joined the long and distinguished list of people invited — and then disinvited — to give a talk on a college campus, in this case Virginia Tech.

  • An Unmitigated Disaster

    An Unmitigated Disaster

    Republican party leaders may have worried that Donald Trump would not only lose the general election for the presidency, but would so poison the image of the party as to cause Republican candidates for Congress and for state and local offices to also lose. Now they seem to be trying to patch things up, in order to present an image of unity before the general elections this fall.

  • Winners or Whiners?

    Winners or Whiners?

    If there is one pattern that is emerging from this year’s political campaigns, it is that rhetoric beats reality — in both parties.

  • Conservatives for Trump?

    Conservatives for Trump?

    The sudden appearance of Donald Trump on the political horizon last year may have been surprising, but not nearly as surprising as seeing some conservatives supporting him.

  • Campaign Lies

    Campaign Lies

    If you took all the lies out of political rhetoric, how much would be left? Apparently even less than usual this year.

  • The 'Voice of the People' Fallacy

    The ‘Voice of the People’ Fallacy

    We hear many fallacies in election years. The fallacy that seems to be most popular this year is that, if Donald Trump comes close to getting the 1,237 delegates required to become the Republican nominee, and that nomination goes instead to someone else, then the convention will have ignored “the voice of the people.”

  • Black and White, Left and Right

    Black and White, Left and Right

    Much is made of the fact that liberals and conservatives see racial issues differently, which they do. But these differences have too often been seen as simply those on the right being racist and those on the left not.

  • Supreme Hypocrisy

    Supreme Hypocrisy

    If there is one thing that is bipartisan in Washington, it is brazen hypocrisy.

  • Voting at a Crossroads

    Voting at a Crossroads

    It is seldom that the fate of a nation can be traced to what happened on one particular day. But that may be what happens in the United States of America on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

  • Desperate Tactics

    Desperate Tactics

    It is desperation time for the Republican party establishment. Its extremely well financed favorite — Jeb Bush — never got anywhere with the voters in the primaries, and has already been forced out of the contest.

  • Last Chance for America?

    Last Chance for America?

    The “Super Tuesday” primaries may be a turning point for America — and quite possibly a turn for the worse. After seven long years of domestic disasters and increasing international dangers, the next President of the United States will need extraordinary wisdom, maturity, depth of knowledge and personal character to rescue America.

  • Paranoid Politics

    Paranoid Politics

    Amid all the media analyses of the prospects of each of the candidates in both political parties, there is remarkably little discussion of the validity — or lack of validity — of the arguments these candidates are using.

  • The Lure of Socialism

    The Lure of Socialism

    Many people of mature years are amazed at how many young people have voted for Senator Bernie Sanders, and are enthusiastic about the socialism he preaches.