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…

Today's ubiquitous scapegoating

by Thomas Sowell -- Note: Thomas Sowell is on vacation this week. This column is one of his classics from the past. A heartbreaking social statistic is that children on welfare have more…

From public servants to public masters

by Thomas Sowell -- One of the many shallow statements that sound good – if you don't stop and think about it – is that "at some point, you have made enough more…

A 'duty to die'?

by Thomas Sowell -- One of the many fashionable notions that have caught on among some of the intelligentsia is that old people have "a duty to die," rather than become a more…

Race and achievement resentment

by Thomas Sowell -- Recent stories out of both Philadelphia and San Francisco tell of black students beating up Asian-American students. This is especially painful for those who expected that the election more…

Mining history for only certain sins

by Thomas Sowell -- Many years ago, I was surprised to receive a letter from an old friend, saying that she had been told that I refused to see campus visitors from more…

The limits of power

by Thomas Sowell -- When I first began to study the history of slavery around the world, many years ago, one of the oddities that puzzled me was the practice of paying more…

Justice Stevens: Good riddance!

by Thomas Sowell -- When Supreme Court justices retire, there is usually some pious talk about their "service," especially when it has been a long "service." But the careers of all too more…