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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 Revealing Clue

    A Revealing Clue

    Even those of us who are not supporters of either Donald Trump or Jeb Bush can learn something by comparing how each of these men handled people who tried to disrupt their question-and-answer period after a speech.

  • Sorting the Candidates

    Sorting the Candidates

    Despite a nuclear Iran looming on the horizon, the media seem to be putting most of their attention on two candidates for their respective parties’ presidential nominations next year. Moreover, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each make their own party nervous.

  • Random Thoughts

    Random Thoughts

    Random thoughts on the passing scene: Stupid people can cause problems, but it usually takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe.

  • A Debatable 'Debate'

    A Debatable ‘Debate’

    The so-called “debates,” among too many Republicans to have a debate, are yet another painful sign of how much words and ideas have degenerated in our times.

  • The Trump Card

    The Trump Card

    With Hillary Clinton’s multiple misdeeds coming to light and causing her political problems, reflected in her declining support in the polls, both she and the Democratic Party have reason to be concerned. But both of them may yet be rescued by “The Donald,” who can turn out to be their Trump card.

  • Documented Irresponsibility

    Documented Irresponsibility

    People who entered the United States illegally may be called “undocumented” in politically correct circles, but what is all too well documented is the utter irresponsibility of both political parties in dealing with immigration issues.

  • The Fact-Free Left: Part II

    The Fact-Free Left: Part II

    There is no way to know what is going on in someone else’s mind. But sometimes their behavior tells you more than their words.

  • Is the Civil War Over?

    Is the Civil War Over?

    In the wake of the recent murders in a South Carolina church, the killer’s hope of igniting a race war produced the opposite effect. Blacks and whites in South Carolina came together to condemn his act and the race hate behind it.

  • Looking Back

    Looking Back

    After my 85th birthday last week, I looked back over my life and was surprised to discover in how many different ways I had been lucky, in addition to some other ways in which I was unlucky.

  • Supreme Court Disasters

    Supreme Court Disasters

    Many people are looking at the recent Supreme Court decisions about ObamaCare and same-sex marriage in terms of whether they think these are good or bad policies. That is certainly a legitimate concern, for both those who favor those policies and those who oppose them.

  • Hillary and History

    Hillary and History

    There are no sure things in politics, but Hillary Clinton is the closest thing to a sure thing to become the Democrats’ candidate for president in 2016.

  • Micro-totalitarianism

    Micro-totalitarianism

    The political left has come up with a new buzzword: “micro-aggression.”

  • Who Lost Iraq?

    Who Lost Iraq?

    After the pro-Western government of China was forced to flee to the island of Taiwan in 1949, when the Communists took over mainland China, bitter recriminations in Washington led to the question: “Who lost China?” China was, of course, never | Read More »

  • Paying the Price

    Paying the Price

    Baltimore is now paying the price for irresponsible words and actions, not only by young thugs in the streets, but also by its mayor and the state prosecutor, both of whom threw the police to the wolves, in order to curry favor with local voters.

  • Graduation Gifts

    Graduation Gifts

    This is the season of college graduations, and many people may be wondering what kinds of gifts would be most appropriate for young people leaving the world of academia and heading out to face the challenges and opportunities of adulthood in the real world.

  • 'Just Asking'

    ‘Just Asking’

    In a recent panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama gave another demonstration of his mastery of rhetoric — and disregard of reality.

  • Race, Politics and Lies

    Race, Politics and Lies

    Among the many painful ironies in the current racial turmoil is that communities scattered across the country were disrupted by riots and looting because of the demonstrable lie that Michael Brown was shot in the back by a white policeman in Missouri — but there was not nearly as much turmoil created by the demonstrable fact that a fleeing black man was shot dead by a white policeman in South Carolina.

  • Anti-Trust Law and Lawlessness

    Anti-Trust Law and Lawlessness

    We all make mistakes and some of us learn from them. What is even better is to learn from other people’s mistakes, where they pay for those mistakes while we learn free of charge.

  • Chaos in the Primaries

    Chaos in the Primaries

    Painful as it is to realize that both the Democrats and the Republicans will still be holding their primaries a year from now, that is one of the high prices we pay for democracy.

  • The New Inquisition

    The New Inquisition

    How long will this country remain free? Probably only as long as the American people value their freedom enough to defend it. But how many people today can stop looking at their electronic devices long enough to even think about such things?