Minimum wage madness

by Thomas Sowell -- Political crusades for raising the minimum wage are back again. Advocates of minimum wage laws often give themselves credit for being more "compassionate" toward "the poor." But they more…

Unintended consequences of Syria strike

by Thomas Sowell -- I cannot see why even a single American, a single Israeli or a single Syrian civilian should be killed as a result of a token U.S. military action, more…

Busybodies' ideological self-indulgence

by Thomas Sowell -- One of the many unintended consequences of the political crusade for increased homeownership among minorities and low-income people in general has been a housing boom and bust that more…

The betrayal of MLK's hope

by Thomas Sowell -- The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and of the Rev. Martin Luther King's memorable "I Have a Dream" speech, is a time for reflections – some more…

Reality versus mirages in Egypt

by Thomas Sowell -- Nothing symbolizes the Utopianism of our times like both liberals and some conservatives calling for us to cut off aid to the Egyptian military because of the widespread more…

Are we serious about education?

by Thomas Sowell -- Two recent events – one on the East coast and one on the West coast – raise painful questions about whether we are really serious when we say more…

Busybody politics

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." Sometimes it more…

The tragedy of isolation

by Thomas Sowell -- In the 20th century, Western intellectuals' two most dominant explanations of disparities in economic, educational and other achievements were innate racial differences in ability (in the early decades) more…

Random thoughts from wise thinkers

by Thomas Sowell -- Random thoughts from wise thinkers: "We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish." (F.A. Hayek) "Many respectable writers agree more…

Is this still America?

by Thomas Sowell -- There are no winners in the trial of George Zimmerman. The only question is whether the damage that has been done has been transient or irreparable. Legally speaking, more…