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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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  • A Clash of Police Policies

    A Clash of Police Policies

    Amid the rioting in Milwaukee, there is also a clash between two leading lawmen there — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and the city of Milwaukee’s Chief of Police Edward Flynn.

  • The Political Picture

    The Political Picture

    The good news is that both political conventions are now behind us. The bad news is that the election is ahead of us. No one knows how this election will turn out but — given the awful presidential candidates in | Read More »

  • Black Votes Matter

    Black Votes Matter

    Black votes matter. If Republicans could get 20 percent of black votes, the Democrats would be ruined. This is highly unlikely, given the approach used by Republicans. However, the point is that Democrats must not only continue to get nine-tenths | Read More »

  • The Dumbest Idea

    The Dumbest Idea

    If there were a contest for the most stupid idea in politics, my choice would be the assumption that people would be evenly or randomly distributed in incomes, institutions, occupations or awards, in the absence of somebody doing somebody wrong. | Read More »

  • The War on Cops: Part II

    The War on Cops: Part II

    Even in this age of runaway emotions, there are still some people who want to know the facts. Nowhere are facts more important, or more lacking, than in what has been aptly called “The War on Cops,” the title of | Read More »

  • The War on Cops

    The War on Cops

    There was never a more appropriately named book than “The War on Cops” by Heather Mac Donald, published a few weeks ago, on the eve of the greatest escalation of that war by the ambush murders of five policemen in | Read More »

  • What Are We Celebrating?

    What Are We Celebrating?

    There was a time when the Fourth of July meant something more than a three-day weekend. Speeches, writings and commemorative ceremonies reminded us of the origins and greatness of America. No matter where in the world our ancestors came from, | Read More »

  • The Fraud Goes On

    The Fraud Goes On

    Last week the Supreme Court of the United States voted that President Obama exceeded his authority when he granted exemptions from the immigration laws passed by Congress. But the Supreme Court also exceeded its own authority by granting the University | Read More »

  • 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.