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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  • 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?

  • The Iran 'Agreement' Charade

    The Iran ‘Agreement’ Charade

    By abandoning virtually all its demands for serious restrictions on Iran’s nuclear bomb program, the Obama administration has apparently achieved the semblance of a preliminary introduction to the beginning of a tentative framework for a possible hope of an eventual agreement with Iran.

  • Etiquette Versus Annihilation

    Etiquette Versus Annihilation

    Recent statements from United Nations officials, that Iran is already blocking their existing efforts to keep track of what is going on in their nuclear program, should tell anyone who does not already know it that any agreement with Iran will be utterly worthless in practice. It doesn’t matter what the terms of the agreement are, if Iran can cheat.

  • A Simple Question

    A Simple Question

    It is amazing how a simple question can cause a complex lie to collapse like a house of cards.

  • The 'disparate impact' racket

    The ‘disparate impact’ racket

    Even with things whose outcomes are not in human hands, “disparate impact” is common.

  • Random thoughts

    Random thoughts

    Random thoughts on the passing scene.

  • The honesty gap

    The honesty gap

    The truth is not nearly as politically useful as scare statistics. The “gender gap” is not nearly as big as the honesty gap.

  • Giuliani versus Obama

    Giuliani versus Obama

    Was it that what Giuliani said was demonstrably false? Was it that Barack Obama is supposed to be considered innocent until proven guilty?

  • Glib 'happy talk'

    Glib ‘happy talk’

    A nuclear war is not likely to last three years, so there is unlikely to be time enough to recover from years of glib, foolish words and catastrophic decisions.

  • Damaging admissions

    Damaging admissions

    Many charter schools get better educational results with less money than public schools do.

  • Measles, vaccines, and Autism

    Measles, vaccines, and Autism

    Measles was virtually wiped out in the United States, years ago. Why the resurgence of this disease now?

  • Stormy weather and politics

    Stormy weather and politics

    We are not likely to hear any apologies from those who have been promoting “global warming” hysteria for years.