Experience trumps brilliance

by Thomas Sowell -- Many of the wonderful-sounding ideas that have been tried as government policies have failed disastrously. Because so few people bother to study history, often the same ideas and more…

Race-card fraud

by Thomas Sowell -- Credit-card fraud is a serious problem. But race-card fraud is an even bigger problem. Playing the race card takes many forms. Judge Charles Pickering, a federal judge in more…

Santa, Frank and Charlie Brown

by Thomas Sowell -- People who remember the old comic strip "Peanuts" will recall an often repeated situation where Lucy offers to hold a football for Charlie Brown to kick. Then, as more…

Gun control and Justice Breyer's cluelessness

by Thomas Sowell -- Now that the Supreme Court of the United States has decided that the Second Amendment to the Constitution means that individual Americans have a right to bear arms, more…

'Useful idiots' of our time

by Thomas Sowell -- When Adolf Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920s, leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who more…

1 mind-changing page

by Thomas Sowell -- Sometimes you can read a book that will change your mind on some fundamental issue. Rarely, however, is there just one page that can undermine or destroy a more…

Crude oil and snake oil

by Thomas Sowell -- The big oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is bad enough in itself. But politics can make anything worse. Let's stop and think. Either the government knows more…

The golden age of ignorance in power

by Thomas Sowell -- Random thoughts on the passing scene: All sorts of "global warming" advocates have all sorts of ideas for cooling the planet. I would be happy if they would more…

Real public service

by Thomas Sowell -- Note: Thomas Sowell is on vacation this week. This column is one of his classics from the past. Every year about this time, big-government liberals stand up in more…