Thomas Sowell

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Thomas Sowell (born June 30, 1930) is America's most famous african-american conservative author. His book A Conflict of Visions contrasts the political beliefs of the modern left and right.[1] Sowell has a Ph.D in Economics from Harvard University, and is currently a Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. [2]

Sowell, who cites George Will as a personal influence, prefers writing for popular audiences over writing for more "academic" setting, saying that "writing for the general public enables him to address the heart of issues without the smoke and mirrors that so often accompany academic writing". [3]

Sowell wrote a well-researched book criticizing "black redneck culture"[4] in which he points out that, "some blacks resent anything that suggests anything negative about themselves."[5]

Quotes

  • Too much of what is called "education" is little more than an expensive isolation from reality.[6]
  • "We pay a lot of lip service to educational excellence. But too many institutions and individuals that have produced good educational results for minority students have not only failed to get support, but have even been undermined."[7]
  • "Racism" is the trump card in the indictment of Republicans. But the cold fact is that the whole Jim Crow era in the South was dominated by Democrats. [1]

Notes

  1. A Conflict of Visions, by Thomas Sowell
  2. http://www.tsowell.com/cv.html
  3. http://www.capmag.com/author.asp?name=3
  4. Black Rednecks & White Liberals
  5. Black Rednecks and White Liberals: Who's a Redneck?
  6. Conservative Quotes and Messages
  7. Are We Serious About Education?

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