Unknown unknowns in the economy

by Thomas Sowell -- When Donald Rumsfeld was secretary of defense, he coined some phrases about knowledge that apply far beyond military matters. Secretary Rumsfeld pointed out that there are some things more…

When talking points trump reality

by Thomas Sowell -- It is hard to understand politics if you are hung up on reality. Politicians leave reality to others. What matters in politics is what you can get the more…

Schooling Time mag on the Constitution

by Thomas Sowell -- The Fourth of July may be just a holiday for fireworks to some people. But it was a momentous day for the history of this country and the more…

The only Social Security solution

by Thomas Sowell -- One of my earliest memories of revulsion against war came from seeing a photograph from the First World War when I was a teenager. It was nothing gory. more…

Is Pawlenty plenty?

by Thomas Sowell -- The Republicans' confused assortment of announced presidential candidates – as well as unannounced candidates and distant possibilities of candidates – seems to be clarifying somewhat. The withdrawal of more…

Why schools indoctrinate but banks don't

by Thomas Sowell -- Two unrelated news stories on the same day show the contrast between government decisions and private decisions. Under the headline "Foreclosed Homes Sell at Big Discounts," USA Today more…

Obama's seductive 'exploitation' theory

by Thomas Sowell -- One of the painfully revealing episodes in Barack Obama's book "Dreams From My Father" describes his early experience listening to a sermon by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Among more…

Myths about the 'poverty-stricken'

by Thomas Sowell -- Those who regard government "entitlement" programs as sacrosanct, and regard those who want to cut them back as calloused or cruel, picture a world very different from the more…

How taxing 'the rich' actually hurts us all

by Thomas Sowell -- We could definitely use another Abraham Lincoln to emancipate us all from being slaves to words. In the midst of a historic financial crisis of unprecedented government spending, more…

The 'education' mantra

by Thomas Sowell -- One of the sad and dangerous signs of our times is how many people are enthralled by words, without bothering to look at the realities behind those words. more…