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Wikipedia Summary for Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell (born June 30, 1930) is an American economist, social theorist, and senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

Born in North Carolina, Sowell grew up in Harlem, New York. Due to financial issues and deteriorated home conditions, he dropped out of Stuyvesant High School and later served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Upon returning to the United States, Sowell enrolled at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude in 1958. He received a master's degree from Columbia University in 1959, and earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago in 1968.

Sowell has served on the faculties of several universities, including Cornell University and the University of California, Los Angeles. He has also worked at think tanks such as the Urban Institute. Since 1980, he has worked at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he served as the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy. Sowell writes from a libertarian–conservative perspective. Sowell has written more than thirty books, and his work has been widely anthologized. He is a National Humanities Medal recipient for innovative scholarship which incorporated history, economics and political science.

quote by Thomas Sowell: If we spend our time with regrets over yesterday, and worries over what might happen tomorrow, we have no today in which to live. with background image: silhouette of stones during golden hour
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If we spend our time with regrets over yesterday, and worries over what might happen tomorrow, we have no today in which to live.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: If you believe in equal rights, then what do women's rights, gay rights, etc., mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights for all. with background image: photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

If you believe in equal rights, then what do women's rights, gay rights, etc., mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights for all.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: In Washington, the clearer a statement is, the more certain it is to be followed by a 'clarification' when people realize what was said. with background image: galaxy wallpaper
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In Washington, the clearer a statement is, the more certain it is to be followed by a 'clarification' when people realize what was said.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: Economics is concerned with what emerges, not what anyone intended. with background image: white and brown sailing boat
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Economics is concerned with what emerges, not what anyone intended.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: It's amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites. with background image: white and red flower with green leaves
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It's amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: Sports are the reason I am out of shape. I watch them all on TV. with background image: brown and white bird on tree branch
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Sports are the reason I am out of shape. I watch them all on TV.

--Thomas Sowell

Rhetoric is no substitute for reality.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: Balanced budget requirements seem more likely to produce
accounting ingenuity than genuinely balanced budgets. with background image: black and gray floral textile
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Balanced budget requirements seem more likely to produce
accounting ingenuity than genuinely balanced budgets.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: It is hard to read a newspaper or watch a television newscast without encountering someone who has come up with a new 'solution' to society's 'problems.' with background image: sunset with storm clouds
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It is hard to read a newspaper or watch a television newscast without encountering someone who has come up with a new 'solution' to society's 'problems.'

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: Racism has never done this country any good, and it needs to be fought against, not put under new management for different groups. with background image: landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds
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Racism has never done this country any good, and it needs to be fought against, not put under new management for different groups.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: Progress in general seems to hold little interest for people who call themselves 'progressives.' What arouses them are denunciations of social failures and accusations of wrong-doing. with background image: photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Progress in general seems to hold little interest for people who call themselves 'progressives.' What arouses them are denunciations of social failures and accusations of wrong-doing.

--Thomas Sowell




quote by Thomas Sowell: One of the most important skills for political success is the ability to make confident assertions of absurdities or lies. with background image: woman in blue denim jacket with red rose on ear
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One of the most important skills for political success is the ability to make confident assertions of absurdities or lies.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: Nobody would put as little thought and effort into buying an automobile as they put into deciding who to elect as President of the United States. with background image: plain background
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Nobody would put as little thought and effort into buying an automobile as they put into deciding who to elect as President of the United States.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: While rationalism at the individual level is a plea for more personal autonomy from cultural norms, at the social level it is often a claim- or arrogation- of power to stifle the autonomy of others. with background image: photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

While rationalism at the individual level is a plea for more personal autonomy from cultural norms, at the social level it is often a claim- or arrogation- of power to stifle the autonomy of others.

--Thomas Sowell


quote by Thomas Sowell: Nothing is easier than to get peaceful people to renounce violence, even when they provide no concrete ways to prevent violence from others. with background image: yellow and white abstract painting
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Nothing is easier than to get peaceful people to renounce violence, even when they provide no concrete ways to prevent violence from others.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: Force is the antithesis of freedom, but force must be used, if only to defend against other force. with background image: raccoon walking on lawn grass
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Force is the antithesis of freedom, but force must be used, if only to defend against other force.

--Thomas Sowell


quote by Thomas Sowell: Time was when people used to brag about how old they were -- and I am old enough to remember it. with background image: body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky
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Time was when people used to brag about how old they were -- and I am old enough to remember it.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: Experience trumps brilliance. with background image: man in green and brown camouflage uniform holding rifle
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Experience trumps brilliance.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: One undeniable accomplishment of Bill Clinton's presidency was that it kept Jimmy Carter from being the worst U.S. president in history. with background image: red and brown maple leaves
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One undeniable accomplishment of Bill Clinton's presidency was that it kept Jimmy Carter from being the worst U.S. president in history.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: You cannot measure opportunities by outcomes. with background image: silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time
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You cannot measure opportunities by outcomes.

--Thomas Sowell


quote by Thomas Sowell: When you start off by telling those who disagree with you that they are not merely in error but in sin, how much of a dialogue do you expect? with background image: white petaled flower
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When you start off by telling those who disagree with you that they are not merely in error but in sin, how much of a dialogue do you expect?

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain. with background image: brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime
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One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain.

--Thomas Sowell




quote by Thomas Sowell: The very commonness of common sense makes it unlikely to have any appeal to the anointed. How can they be wiser and nobler than everyone else while agreeing with everyone else? with background image: photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The very commonness of common sense makes it unlikely to have any appeal to the anointed. How can they be wiser and nobler than everyone else while agreeing with everyone else?

--Thomas Sowell

quote by Thomas Sowell: The desire of businessmen for profits is what drives prices down unless forcibly prevented from engaging in price competition, usually by governmental activity. with background image: photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The desire of businessmen for profits is what drives prices down unless forcibly prevented from engaging in price competition, usually by governmental activity.

--Thomas Sowell



quote by Thomas Sowell: The desire to order other people around and make them conform to one own's vision takes many forms. with background image: shallow focus photography of bee on flower
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The desire to order other people around and make them conform to one own's vision takes many forms.

--Thomas Sowell

quote by Thomas Sowell: Any policy is a success by sufficiently low standards and a failure by sufficiently high standards. with background image: woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring
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Any policy is a success by sufficiently low standards and a failure by sufficiently high standards.

--Thomas Sowell

quote by Thomas Sowell: Nothing is easier than to find some individuals--in any group--who share a given writer's opinion, and to quote such individuals as if their views were typical. with background image: photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Nothing is easier than to find some individuals--in any group--who share a given writer's opinion, and to quote such individuals as if their views were typical.

--Thomas Sowell




quote by Thomas Sowell: The inefficiency of political control of an economy has been demonstrated more often, in more places, and under more varied conditions, than almost anything outside the realm of pure science. with background image: photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The inefficiency of political control of an economy has been demonstrated more often, in more places, and under more varied conditions, than almost anything outside the realm of pure science.

--Thomas Sowell

quote by Thomas Sowell: Much of what sophisticates loftily refer to as the complexityof the real world is in fact the inconsistency in their own minds. with background image: red strawberry fruit on red surface
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Much of what sophisticates loftily refer to as the complexityof the real world is in fact the inconsistency in their own minds.

--Thomas Sowell



quote by Thomas Sowell: There is nothing so bad that politics cannot make it worse. with background image: circular light bokei wallpaper
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There is nothing so bad that politics cannot make it worse.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: 'But what would you replace it with?' When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with? with background image: photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: 'But what would you replace it with?' When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with?

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: Organizational progress parallels that in science and technology, permitting ultimate simplicity through intermediate complexity. with background image: yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime
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Organizational progress parallels that in science and technology, permitting ultimate simplicity through intermediate complexity.

--Thomas Sowell

quote by Thomas Sowell: France has never gotten over the fact that it was once a great power and is now just a great nuisance. with background image: red rose wallpaper
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France has never gotten over the fact that it was once a great power and is now just a great nuisance.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: No one chooses which culture to be born into or can be blamed for how that culture evolved in past centuries. with background image: black white and orange butterfly perched on purple flower in close up photography during daytime
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No one chooses which culture to be born into or can be blamed for how that culture evolved in past centuries.

--Thomas Sowell


quote by Thomas Sowell: I am so old that I can remember when liberals were liberal -- instead of being intolerant of anything and anybody that is not politically correct. with background image: brown and gray brick wall
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I am so old that I can remember when liberals were liberal -- instead of being intolerant of anything and anybody that is not politically correct.

--Thomas Sowell

quote by Thomas Sowell: Whenever people talk glibly of a need to achieve educational excellence, I think of what an improvement it would be if our public schools could just achieve mediocrity. with background image: photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Whenever people talk glibly of a need to achieve educational excellence, I think of what an improvement it would be if our public schools could just achieve mediocrity.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: Ideological bigotry has become the norm on even our most prestigious campuses, where students can go for years without reading or hearing anything that challenges the left vision. with background image: photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Ideological bigotry has become the norm on even our most prestigious campuses, where students can go for years without reading or hearing anything that challenges the left vision.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: You do not need proof for what people want to believe. with background image: a couple holding hands with a wedding ring visible
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You do not need proof for what people want to believe.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: If you don't believe in the innate unreasonableness of human beings, just try raising children. with background image: sunset
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If you don't believe in the innate unreasonableness of human beings, just try raising children.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: The reason so many problems do not get solved in Washington is that solving those problems is not the No. 1 priority: Re-election is. with background image: yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime
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The reason so many problems do not get solved in Washington is that solving those problems is not the No. 1 priority: Re-election is.

--Thomas Sowell



quote by Thomas Sowell: Envy plus rhetoric equals social justice. with background image: stacked round gold-colored coins on white surface
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Envy plus rhetoric equals social justice.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: Students are often in no position to judge 'relevance' until long after the fact. with background image: smiling couple
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Students are often in no position to judge 'relevance' until long after the fact.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: Relevance is not something you can predict. It is something you discover after the fact. with background image: sunset highway
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Relevance is not something you can predict. It is something you discover after the fact.

--Thomas Sowell

quote by Thomas Sowell: I'm so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white. with background image: MacBook Pro turned on
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I'm so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: The people I feel sorry for are those who insist on continuing to do what they have always done but want the results to be different from what they have always been. with background image: photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

The people I feel sorry for are those who insist on continuing to do what they have always done but want the results to be different from what they have always been.

--Thomas Sowell



quote by Thomas Sowell: We enjoy freedom and the rule of law on which it depends, not because we deserve it, but because others before us put their lives on the line to defend it. with background image: man standing outdoors
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We enjoy freedom and the rule of law on which it depends, not because we deserve it, but because others before us put their lives on the line to defend it.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: As an economist, whenever I hear the word shortage I wait for the other shoe to drop. That other shoe is usually price control. with background image: sunset
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As an economist, whenever I hear the word shortage I wait for the other shoe to drop. That other shoe is usually price control.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: The economic disasters of socialism and communism come from assuming a blanket superiority of those who want to run a whole economy. with background image: purple flowers under cloudy sky
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The economic disasters of socialism and communism come from assuming a blanket superiority of those who want to run a whole economy.

--Thomas Sowell







quote by Thomas Sowell: Too often the past has been twisted to fit the visions and agendas of the present. with background image: two adult golden retrievers
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Too often the past has been twisted to fit the visions and agendas of the present.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: In a democracy, we have always had to worry about the ignorance of the uneducated. Today we have to worry about the ignorance of people with college degrees. with background image: solid background
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In a democracy, we have always had to worry about the ignorance of the uneducated. Today we have to worry about the ignorance of people with college degrees.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: Child poverty in the United States declined after the work requirement was put in there. People realized that they had to work and people went out and worked and they got off welfare. with background image: photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Child poverty in the United States declined after the work requirement was put in there. People realized that they had to work and people went out and worked and they got off welfare.

--Thomas Sowell
quote by Thomas Sowell: Freedom is unlikely to be lost all at once and openly. It is far more likely to be eroded away, bit by bit, amid glittering promises and expressions of noble ideals. with background image: photo of author Thomas Sowell with quote

Freedom is unlikely to be lost all at once and openly. It is far more likely to be eroded away, bit by bit, amid glittering promises and expressions of noble ideals.

--Thomas Sowell


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