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 '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.

  • Tragedy and Choices

    Tragedy and Choices

    Amid the petty bickering, loud rhetoric and sordid attack ads in this year’s primary election campaigns, the death of a giant — Justice Antonin Scalia — suddenly overshadows all of that.

  • Toxic Words

    Toxic Words

    During this election year, we are destined to hear many words that are toxic in the way they misrepresent reality and substitute fantasies that can win votes.

  • After Iowa

    After Iowa

    Senator Ted Cruz’s upset victory against Donald Trump has robbed “The Donald” of his stock answer to any criticism from rivals– that he is winning and his critics are losers.

  • Random Thoughts

    Will this November’s presidential election come down to a choice between a felon and a pied piper?

  • Grow Up!

    Grow Up!

    Of all the many things said about Donald Trump, what was said by Roger Ailes, head of the Fox News Channel, said it all in just two words: “Grow up!”

  • The Demand for Villains

    The Demand for Villains

    The latest tempest in a teapot controversy is over a lack of black nominees for this year’s Academy Awards in Hollywood.

  • Do Emotions Trump Facts?

    Do Emotions Trump Facts?

    Those of us who like to believe that human beings are rational can sometimes have a hard time trying to explain what is going on in politics. It is still a puzzle to me how millions of patriotic Americans could have voted in 2008 for a man who for 20 years — TWENTY YEARS — was a follower of a preacher who poured out his hatred for America in the most gross gutter terms.

  • Messing With the Constitution

    Messing With the Constitution

    In recent years, a small but growing number of people have advocated a convention of states to propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The reaction to the proposal has been hostile, out of all proportion to either the originality or the danger of such a convention.

  • Showman-in-Chief


    Those who have been marveling at Donald Trump’s political showmanship were given a reminder of who is the top showman of them all, when President Barack Obama went on television to make a pitch for his unilateral actions to restrict gun sales and make a more general case for tighter gun control laws.

  • Remembering 2015

    How shall we remember 2015? Or shall we try to forget it?

  • The Busybody Left

    The Busybody Left

    The political left has been trying to run other people’s lives for centuries. So we should not be surprised to see the Obama administration now trying to force neighborhoods across America to have the mix of people the government wants them to have.

  • Attacking the Truth: Part II

    Attacking the Truth: Part II

    The case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, involving racial double standards in admissions to the University of Texas at Austin, has an Alice-in-Wonderland quality that has been all too common in other Supreme Court cases involving affirmative action in academia, going all the way back to 1978.