Controversial Essays

Controversial Essays

Author: Thomas Sowell
ISBN: 978-0-8179-2992-3
Publication Date: 9/16/2002

One of conservatism's most articulate voices dissects today's most important economic, racial, political, education, legal, and social issues, sharing his entertaining and thought-provoking insights on a wide range of contentious subjects.

—"This book contains an abundance of wisdom on a large number of economic issues." Mises Review

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Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution.

He writes on economics, history, social policy, ethnicity, and the history of ideas.


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Preface ix
Drugs and Politics 3
The Real Revolutionaries 6
India Unbound 9
Capital Gains and “Trickle Down” 12
No Sense of Proportion 15
Headline News 18
Warrior in a 200-Year War 21
The Role of the Rich 24
Perennial Economic Fallacies 27
Sweatshops at Home and Abroad 30
Sanity in San Francisco 33
The End of Montgomery Ward 36
“Saving” Social Security 39
Social Security vs. Privatization 42
Minimum Journalism 45
Merit and Money 48
Routine Cruelty 53
Losing the Race 56
Reparations for Slavery? 59
The Lessons of Indonesia 62
Blacks and Bootstraps 65
“Racism” in Word and Deed 68
Sweeping Success Under the Rug 71
Sorting By Race 74
The Magic Word 77
Race and the New Century 80
“Access” to Responsibility 83
Poverty and the Left 89
“Useful Idiots” 92
Facts versus Dogma on Guns 95
Global Hot Air 98
“Campaign Finance Reform” Follies 101
Ugliness in Yosemite 104
State Stealing 107
Loving Enemies 110
Microsoft and Campaign Finance Reform 113
Lying Statistics 116
Are We Still Americans? 119
Pacifism and War 122
Intended Consequences 125
Islam and the West 128
Pandering to the Anointed 131
Green Bigots versus Human Beings 134
Another Outrage 137
The Best of the Century 140
The Wrong Filter 145
Too Many Ph.D.s? 148
“No Excuses” 151
Back Door Quotas 154
We Are All “Dropouts” 157
School to School? 160
The War Against Boys 163
“Research” Marches On 166
Let’s Hear It for Unfairness! 169
Does It Add Up? 172
Diversity versus “Diversity” 175
Choosing A College 178
A Painful History 181
“Forced to Volunteer” 184
Drugging Children 187
Goodbye to Sara and Benjamin? 190
Success Concealing Failure 193
The Old Neighborhood 196
Wasting Minds 199
The “Non-Profit” Halo 202
Do Facts Matter? 205
Do Facts Matter? Part II 208
Property Rites 213
Love Those Killers! 216
Microsoft and Anti-Trust “Law” 219
Lessons Not Learned 222
Law on Trial 225
Aborted Knowledge 228
Murder is Murder 231
McVeigh and the Death Penalty 234
Boomers and Boomerangs 239
Deep Trouble from Shallow People 242
Thanksgiving and “Fairness” 245
Was the Ball Juiced? 248
The Dangers of “Equality” 251
Is the Family Becoming Extinct? 254
Life at the Bottom 257
Gay Marriage 260
The Einstein Syndrome 263
Loose Lips 266
“The Duty to Die” 269
Shocked by the Obvious 272
Families and Dictators 275
The “Autism” Dragnet 278
Racial Profiling of Authors 281
Chandra Levy Clues 284
Barry and the Babe 287
Media Fraud 290
The Insulation of the Left 293
W. Glenn Campbell (1924–2001) 296
Random Thoughts 299

The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, founded at Stanford University in 1919 by Herbert Hoover, who went on to become the thirty-first president of the United States, is an interdisciplinary research center for advanced study on domestic and international affairs. The views expressed in its publications are entirely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the staff, officers, or Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution.

Hoover Institution Press Publication No. 511
Copyright © 2002 by Thomas Sowell
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission of the publisher.

First printing 2002

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ISBN 0-8179-2992-4


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