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Thomas Sowell: Idiot Emeritus

By OTOOLEFAN

Godwin’s Law states that the longer an online discussion goes, the greater the chance of a Nazi reference. No matter what the forum, unless the subject is the Nazis or

Got Hitler?

genocide, anyone making such a comparison automatically loses the argument. Period. By this standard alone, syndicated Conservative columnist Thomas Sowell is the Biggest Loser.

For those who don’t know him, Thomas Sowell (born 1930) is an American economist, retired professor, social critic, political commentator, author, and lunatic. After seeing his vile, depraved weekly columns for the past four years I truly believe he belongs in an institution – which is just where he is. Since 1980, Sowell has been a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. The Hoover Institution, like the Heritage Foundation and countless others, is basically a welfare program for Right Wing Op-Ed writers. Wealthy donors give people like Sowell the financial freedom to rail against entitlement programs and rewrite history, particularly the Great Depression. Consequently, they are not bound by prickly things like facts or editors or journalistic ethics.

But before we delve into all things Nazi, let me acquaint you with some of Thomas Sowell’s other bat guano droppings on a host of topics, both historical and contemporary. How this crackpot is taken seriously is more of a mystery to me than Stonehenge or ‘Cop Rock’.

Dig. In a column called “Random Thoughts”,  Sowell wrote of FDR and asked incredulously: “How can a President of the United States be re-elected in a landslide after four years when unemployment never fell below 15% for even one month during his first term?”

Good one, Tommy.

Let’s see if we can unravel this enigma, shall we? OK.

First, notice how Sowell doesn’t even bother to mention that U.S. was in the throes of that little jam known as the Great Depression, and had been since 1929. Note, too, how Sowell doesn’t say what the unemployment rate was when the great Herbert Hoover left office and the awful Franklin Roosevelt took office. In 1933, when FDR became President the national unemployment rate was Twenty-Five Percent! One quarter of the nation was out of work. Maybe Tommy forgot this little fact because in 1933 he was only 3 years old. Yeah, that must be it. (The Meghan McCain Defense.)

Now, during the next four years–the same four years cited by Sowell–the national unemployment rate went from 25% to 16.9%. Funny how he doesn’t tell you this, isn’t it?

Here’s the year by year break down for those of you playing at home:

1933: 25%

1934: 21.7%

1935: 20.1%

1936: 16.9%

So, unemployment fell every year during the first four years of FDR’s first term. It dropped seven points during that period. This would be like President Obama taking office with unemployment at 12% and it falling to 5% by the end of his first term. You think he would be re-elected? And let’s not forget FDR’s rival in the 1936 election; Alf Landon, a man who ran on repealing Social Security, which had just been passed the year before, no thanks to the GOP.  Sound familiar?

Shame on you, Thomas Sowell. Is your argument about FDR’s re-election so flimsy that you’re afraid to tell your readers what the unemployment rate was when he took office? I know, as John Adams said, “Facts are stubborn things”. If you’re truly puzzled as to why FDR was re-elected in a landslide, why not come down from your ivory tower and talk to people who actually lived through the Great Depression. Ask them why they voted for FDR. Ask them if the New Deal worked or not. FDR won because he put people back to work and gave them hope. Even my 80 year old Republican step-mom will tell you this. Roosevelt created a few programs too, Sowell: FDIC, Social Security, SEC, WPA, and put financial regulations in place that kept us safe from another financial catastrophe until they were dismantled piece by piece. (See S&L Scandal and Financial Meltdown of 2008)

By the way Mr. Sowell, the most recent presidential poll conducted by real historians rates FDR as our 3rd greatest president. I’m no expert, but I think that puts him ahead of Herbert Hoover and George W. Bush, whom you described in another one of your idiotic columns as “an honorable man.”

In yet another column, Thomas Sowell protested against the idea of high school students engaging in community service to pad their college resume’. The activity that angered Sowell the most was volunteering at a homeless shelter. It seems that in Sowell World, anyone who ends up in such a shelter is just no good. Students shouldn’t help out at a homeless shelter, he argued, because they shouldn’t have to be involved in, and I quote, “feeding people who refuse to work”.

This ignorant statement is so vile on so many levels I don’t know where to begin. First off, most people who are homeless are homeless because of mental illness – specifically schizophrenia. It’s not due to lack of character or laziness. Beyond that little fact, to label people in a homeless shelter as there simply because they refuse to work is particularly despicable, especially in today’s economy.

God forbid young people help those in need and maybe see just how lucky they themselves are. God forbid young people get a glimpse of just how cruel life can be. God forbid they develop a sense of compassion or community – they might not want to become millionaires! Where’s the profit in that?

Using Sowell’s logic, battered women seeking shelter do so because they refuse to get along with their husbands or boyfriends.   I guess people who were homeless in the Great Depression got that way because they refused to work also. This thinly veiled contempt for people that drips from every paragraph of Sowell’s columns reveals to me a man whose heart serves no other function but to pump blood into a jaundiced brain. Guess no one will ever accuse Thomas Sowell of being a “compassionate conservative.”

Last year Sowell devoted an entire column to the notion that Rush Limbaugh had never made any racist statements in his professional life.  Guess Sowell doesn’t watch football.

Here’s what Sowell wrote last summer about what he thinks might happen if Iran gets the Bomb.

“Just two nuclear bombs were enough to get Japan to surrender in World War 2. It is hard to believe that it would take more than that for the United States of America to surrender – Especially with people in control of the White House and the Congress who were for turning tail and running just a couple years ago.”

Huh?

So let me get this straight, Tommy; If Iran were to drop two nuclear bombs, we would surrender? WTF? Is this why they call you “brilliant”? Yeah, Dems are weak – especially those two pansies who guided us through World War 2; FDR and Harry Truman.

“Turning tail and running in Iraq”? You mean that illegal, immoral war George W. Bush started instead of pursuing the actual people who attacked us on 9/11? Kind of like invading China after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Like the GOP today, Thomas Sowell’s solution to every foreign policy problem is WAR.

After Sowell has us surrendering to Iran, here’s how he finishes that scenario:

“Perhaps people who are gushing over the Obama Cult today might do well to stop and think about what it would mean for their granddaughters to live under Sharia law.”

Thorazine, anyone?

I can’t imagine that even Thomas Sowell believes this nonsense. He’s simply pandering to the serial bedwetters of the far Right. After all, it pays the bills. If, however, Sowell really believes this garbage he is clearly insane or, at the very least freebasing Metamucil.

One of the most remarkable political events in recent times took place the summer of 2008 when then Senator Barack Obama spoke to a large, cheering crowd in Berlin. And what did the great Thomas Sowell have to say about this?

“To find anything comparable to the crowds’ euphoric reactions to Mr. Obama, you would have to go back to the old news reels of German crowds in the 1930’s with their adulation of their Fuehrer, Adolf Hitler.”

Actually, Mr. Sowell, no, we don’t. Not even close. We need only go back to June, 1963 when President John F. Kennedy addressed the brave people of West Berlin and stood proudly with them, declaring “Ich Bin Ein Berliner.” Remember that? It was kind of big deal. After his stirring speech, JFK was informed by the Mayor of West Berlin, Willy Brandt, that on his best day, Adolf Hitler, Fuehrer, never had as large an audience as he did on this day.

Oh but wait a minute….If JFK drew a larger crowd than Hitler, he must have been even more like Hitler than Hitler! Do I have to connect the dots? It all makes sense now. Like Hitler, JFK mesmerized a nation with his soaring rhetoric and got us all to carry out his evil agenda. We were so brainwashed that we even followed him to the moon! Chilling, isn’t it?

In Sowell’s warped mind, anyone who can draw a massive crowd must be like Hitler. If this is the case, then Garth Brooks is Hitler, too!

The massive audience in a unified Berlin wasn’t worshipping Obama.  After eight years of the disastrous go-it-alone, cowboy diplomacy of Bush/Cheney, these people were just happy to hear from a potential President whose foreign policy didn’t consist of simply thumbing his nose at the rest of the world.

But by far the most amazing and inspiring spectacle of all was the sight of thousands of Europeans proudly waving American flags again. When was the last time we saw that? And this piece of shit Sowell compares him to Hitler?

If all of this isn’t vile enough, Thomas Sowell’s latest ad Hitlerum about the BP Oil Disaster made national news.  Last month, BP agreed to voluntarily set aside $20 billion to compensate those whose lives and livelihood and already been destroyed by this tragedy. Even Bill O’Reilly was happy about this. But Thomas Sowell could only see Nazis again, saying, “That law gave Hitler dictatorial powers that were used for things going far beyond the relief of the German people — indeed, powers that ultimately brought a rain of destruction down on the German people and on others.”

So getting BP to take responsibility for the disaster they caused is going to lead to another Holocaust? This is the kind of screwball opinion I’d expect from someone in a straitjacket.

Speaking of screwballs, Sowell’s column was actually read on the House Floor by GOP Congressman and Slow Talker Louie Gohmert (R TX).

“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 did not normally pay much attention to politics…”

You mean like teabaggers?

Never one to pass up an opportunity to be hateful, Sarah Palin jumped on Thomas Sowell’s Crazy Train, and linked to this idiotic column on her Twitter page. When it blew up in her face only hours later, she tried to jump off the Sowell train by tweeting, “ I never compared Obama to Hitler”.

No Sarah, you just endorsed and linked to an op-ed piece written by a man who compares President Obama to Hitler almost every week. This is another classic example of that great conservative trait of personal accountability that Palin and others brag about possessing.

And  there were others, Michele Bachmann and  Sharon Angle (who even Joe Scarborough called a “jack-ass”) who referred to the BP victim fund as a slush fund, and even one member of the GOP, Congressman Joe Barton went so far as to personally apologize to the CEO of BP, calling the victims fund a “shake-down”. How much does a new ocean cost anyway?

What the hell is wrong with these people? Whose side are they on?

Dear Mr. Sowell: There are at least six Million reasons why you need to stop calling President Obama Hitler. I wonder what Anne Frank would think of your despicable Nazi comparisons? You trivialize the actual evil of the Nazis, and insult the memory of their victims. Have you no shame?

Shame on you.

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  2. Paul Clemmings
    May 25, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Sowell’s a right wing shill and has been for a very long time.

  3. Max Amillion
    March 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Excellent column. I just came from seeing another one of Sowell’s videos where he compares Obama to Hitler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JyufeHJlodE). Seems like he does it often. The rest of the commentators complaining “oh but he is a great man”: his economic views might be reasonable, but pandering to the lowest-common-denominator right-wing of america (and that is a LOT of america) through hitler-comparison and poor-people-bashing is enough for me to put him on my permanent ignore-this-idiot list.

    There are plenty more economists out there (Friedman was one) that eloquently and intelligently put forward their case.

  4. October 28, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Anyone could just LOOK at Sowell to see the man, for all his alleged “brilliance” ain’t exactly dealing w/ a full deck mentally.

    The Dead, glassy gaze in his eye, his dirty, matted unwashed-in-years afro, his big goofy eyeglasses, the way he described his own dysfunctional behavior toward his aunt growing up and his beating as man almost to death for accidentally stepping on his toe on a crowded subway car…

    No wonder the other kooks on the right love him.

    What a COMPLETE KOOK of a nutcase, sowell is!

  5. Alex
    October 14, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I am a resident of Liverpool, the U.K and I started reading Thomas Sowell when I was looking for a good book about basic economics (for I knew little of it) to chew through while I sat on my lunch break in a crappy job in law firm and ran into Sowell’s book of the same name. Since then I have been an ardent reader of all his work – and the positions of his critics as I found some of his conclusions distasteful to my formally extreme leftist thinking that has now wobbled closer to libertarianism – and have come to the conclusion that his opinions about economics, law and economics are almost never, ever, wrong and are always delicately phrased and, where their exists uncertainty, honest enough to SAY that they are uncertain

    While I may disagree about some of the positions he has on international affairs, I find the majority of what he says about domestic law making in western countries to be in the round ,sensible, well thought out, and based on mounds of evidence. And when I see some inane little mental midget like tootlebutt here trashing him, (via the well known tactic of “quote mining”) my piss starts to come to a gentle rolling boil.

    Given that, I’m going to disassemble his post (much as it bores me to drag myself through it for a fourth time, looking for any glimmer of a point he has to make and trying to organize the idiocy into the proper shape to knock it down). Although I must say that about halfway through he just segways into generally shitting on people he calls conservatives rather than addressing anything Thomas Sowell ACTUALLY SAID. Still, at least he’s not just making up fucking lies about Sowell, like his comrades in arms have previously. Like, for instance, rapidly and intentionally disseminating the lie that he’d claimed Obama wasn’t actually a citizen. Whereas in fact, he’d never said anything fucking remotely like it.
    Anyway….enough preamble, I will now proceed to wreck tootlebutt’s “argument” about Sowell – which is not really an argument, it’s quote mining, misrepresentation and lying by omission in order to achieve a character assassination, not actually a critique of any of Sowell’s views -, end to end. I’ll quote relevant bits so no one has to scroll back up to his doggerel, but can have their memory jogged by the salient point of each paragraph. The “Blah blah blah’s” indicate there is more to the quote, but that, in order to answer it, only what is not blah is pertinent, or is implicit in my criticism. Feel free to scroll back up to the bullshit at any time to make sure I’m not misrepresenting him. The little – line indicates the beginning of my response

    —————————————————————————————————————-

    “Goodwin’s law states blah blah blah”

    Firstly, we all know what Goodwin’s “law” is, or we can all use google, and you don’t look big or clever for defining it. Moreover, what the fuck it has to do with whether the analogy being made is cogent or justified I have no idea. Saying that “Herp derp, comparing someone to hitler means you lose” without exploring the comparison is retarded and not the ACT of doing it. They don’t just automatically lose the argument, tootlebutt, you little dick. You little hitler (oh noes! I lost the argument already!)
    Secondly, I find it deliciously ironic, and wholly indicative of the hypocrisy of the leftist mindset that I have, aha, since left, that while you’re about to trash Sowell for allegedly, comparing Barack Obama to Hitler, and by doing so, committing the apparently gross sin of becoming victim to this “law” THE PICTURE YOU CHOOSE TO PUT IN YOUR ARTICLE is of Sowell with a little Hitler tash’. Is that a double standard in your pants or have you just soiled them again? Because something smells like bullshit.
    Thirdly, I find it fucking enraging that you alledge Sowell’s has fallen to the evil clutches of Goodwin’s law because he has NEVER compared Obama to hitler. Do you comprehend this? DO YOU UNDERSTAND that you can’t say “herp derpy blerp he did a hitler comparison when the man has not even DONE THAT”. You absolute little bastard. You know this full well, because as close he’s ever come to it is this article > http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-on-the-right/062110-537967-is-us-now-on-slippery-slope-to-tyranny-.htm
    in which he is merely pointing out similarities between obama’s appeal to simple minded emotive rhetoric and this fact that hitler did this also. He never, ever, says “obama is just like hitler”. You stuck a picture of a hitler tash on Sowell. You’re a victim of this “law” not him. Moron.

    “Blah blah blah for those of you who don’t know sowell….”

    – Apparently YOU don’t fucking know him, or are not capable of reading a wikipedia page. I am almost sure you haven’t read his autobiography. What little you do know you can’t even get right. He’s not a retired professor r-tard. But here’s a little more background on the man.
    He was born in abject poverty in S.Carolina and adopted by his aunt due to his mother’s poverty, he was surprised the first time he saw hot water coming out of a tap in a white person’s home in which his cousin was a maid, was moved to new york and stood his ground on a baseball field when an all white team moved and and just expected him and his friends to leave. He hit a curve ball that went past the head of a man formerly from alabama who screamed “Back where I come from you wouldn’t dare do that boy!.” to which he replied “You’re NOT BACK where you came from, and you won’t get back if you’re going to act like that”. he served his time in the Marine Corps as a photographer and experienced the real jim crow racism of the old south. I could go on but I’ve made my point…
    Given the leftists propensity to “play the man not the ball [issue]” I’m going to do it too. You’ve no right to criticize a man who dragged himself up by his own bootstraps. Especially not someone like you you damn privileged cis whitey hitler hiter hiterpants.
    I love the rampant assumption in your article that he somehow hates black poor people and loves invading people’s countries for no good reason despite the fact he was born AS a poor black, spent money and time raising his friends out of the same situation and his written several articles AGAINST invading syria OR iran…. Assuming has made an ass of you and your “argument”. I don’t even fucking AGREE with him on that and I know he said it. Christ, you’re thick.

    Actually, scratch this, I’m not going to waste anymore time on the likes of you and your supposed “arguments”. I’m not even going to go into WHY what YOU SAY what HE SAID about FDR is wrong and the economics section of your retarded little polemic is wrongheaded, misrepresentative and would wrong still even if it wasn’t that because your rage at having your favorite emotive talking points – carved, solely, to reduce him to a straw man before you go about misrepresenting the man’s views – shot down has probably boiled what little reasoning centers you have in your addled brains, or the brains (walnut sized) of the people who are “right on man!”ing your sophistry.
    It’s purely time fucking wasted for me. What I write refuting your supposed criticism of his arguments is going to be ignored anyway, What will happen, even from the little I have written, is this>
    “You swore at me that means everything you wrote is wrong”
    “You said hitler. I WIN”
    “You put a comma in the wrong place. I win”
    And various other ad hom’s, like mine, but devoid of any real counter arguments, unlike mine>
    so adding
    “Nyer nyer, you didn’t correct my misrepresentation and quote mining of his economic positions proves I’m right! nyer!”
    To your armory is neither here nor there is it? Frankly, I fully expect you to just delete this entire post, as is the way of liars and hypocrites caught out in their lying and hypocrisy. Why bother?
    A far better use of my time would be to accept the overtime I was just offered, and use the money to buy 3 copies of Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell, and given them freely to my three closest libraries. Which I now go to do.

    Later, you fist-clenching, idiotic, sophistic, character-assassinating, hypocritical, quote mining, over-privileged, useful idiots. You attack dogs. You illiterates, You hanging judges of a man you’ve never read.

    MUCH later.

    • November 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      BRAVO…BRAVISSIMO

    • Max Amillion
      March 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      You do realise people are allowed to have different views than you right? Chill. the. fuck. out, please..

  6. sage
    September 26, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Godwin strikes again. Yes, I’m sure Sowell is intimidated by your idiocy.

  7. Ana
    July 15, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Good post.

    Probs ly only the second long blog that I’ve ever been able to read though. (as I find most aren’t written to my liking).

    Thanks.

  8. Sam
    July 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    “20%-25% of the single adult homeless population suffer from some form of severe and persistent of mental illness”. Thats less then all homeless people. Source: “Mental Illness and Homelessness” nationalhomeless.org

  9. di
    June 21, 2013 at 8:22 am

    I must admit — I am so impressed by your qualifications and credentials. You are surely the most capable person of speaking on economic matters. Please, give me a break. You’re ignorance is only exceeded by your arrogance.

    • Catherine Tunney
      June 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      There’s nothing funnier than someone calling another person ignorant, when he can’t spell ‘your’ correctly.

  10. Money of fools
    May 20, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I’m from the UK and stumbled on this, I haven’t seen such a misrepresentation of one man in my life. He is a brilliant economist/ historian, and studied under Milton Friedman, you are trashing a great man, do not believe this. Its hard to know even where to start with this vitriol, all I can say is, most of the points made, are misrepresented. Yes he does makes comment on the intervention of Hoover in causing the great depression, in other places, its a column, how much detail did you expect! FDR made it just as bad. (Rothbard- great depression explains this too) you could go on and on with this tripe, but I have neither the time or the inclination. America will trash one of its greatest men at its peril.

    • Sven
      November 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      You are very polite! I enjoyed your comment much more than the others.

  11. you're an idiot
    April 16, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Your fear of this good man’s grasp of reality is both deliciously laughable and shameful at the same time. Pathetic.

  12. Leon
    April 3, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Great, thank you for the smart exposure! I saw T. Sowell on Youtube, and he seemed quite likeable. But, as I learn again and again, psychopaths often seem quite likeable.

    “Students shouldn’t help out at a homeless shelter, he argued, because they shouldn’t have to be involved in, and I quote, “feeding people who refuse to work”.”

    That’s enough for me. Fuck this sociopath. Thank God – even though I don’t believe in him – there are people like you, OTOOLEFAN!

    • you're an idiot
      April 16, 2013 at 12:13 am

      Leon please don’t be suckered by this pathetic character assassination of a brilliant man. The dips hit authoring this blog is terrified of a black man that speaks the truth instead of the standard victim playbook. People please don’t fall for this. The level of vitriol here is itself insane. So well has no agenda other than calling it as he sees it, and to call him crazy for that is monumentally cowardly. This guy is a pathetic joke.

      • Fuck you too
        October 7, 2013 at 12:09 pm

        The only pathetic joke is you and your bootlicking bunch of assholes who support this raving lunatic.

  13. John Schmoldt
    February 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Otoolefan, I thought I’d leave another comment after thinking about it for a couple of days. Your article about Sowell’s views has some points worth considering, I’ll grant you that. Of course, it also has some insults, which for the most part I think are no big deal. With one exception: calling someone an “idiot” or a “lunatic” because of his or her views is one thing, but “piece of shit” really crosses the line. No one should be referred to in this way, whether it’s Bush, Obama, Palin or Al Gore. Can I request that you reconsider your use of terms like this one in future articles, and try something that isn’t obscene?

  14. John Schmoldt
    February 21, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Some interesting comments. But, regarding that one about talking to people who actually lived through the Great Depression: he himself lived through it and has no doubt talked to plenty of them while it was happening! Granted, he was a kid then, but surely he’s got some good understanding of the time. By the way, I’m open to hearing opposing views, but I think the guy’s alright.

    • RMH
      June 28, 2013 at 10:49 am

      a KID? HE WAS BORN IN 1930!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • John Schmoldt
        June 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm

        Yes, but the depression lasted about ten more years. Within that time, even as a kid, he should’ve had some sense of what was happening. And even afterward, in his teens and twenties, he had no shortage of older people who could relate their own firstand experiences to him, so my thinking is that he understood that time very well and that Otoolefan is suggesting otherwise.

  15. December 20, 2012 at 10:37 am

    It is entertaining when mental midgets stick their tongues out at scholars…

    The Great Depression… So great the progressives decided to drag it out for over a decade!

  16. jaymee foster
    December 1, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Your the liberal idiot otollefan. You’re just one of many people brainwashed by the Liberal Mainstream Media and Obama’s radical agenda. It was the Republican’s that saved the blacks from slavery, started the NAACP, voted against segregation. Do your history. Double standard won’t get you anywhere in life. Just because a black man is a conservative does not mean that he hasn’t gone through a tough life like a liberal black man. Republican party will always be the party of the black man. Dr. Sowell is brilliant and he sees the problems with the Democratic Party keeping blacks and other minorities down to get votes. It’s disgusting! The Democrats are the ones playing the race card. You’ll wake up from a hangover someday.

    • michael3ov
      December 19, 2012 at 3:43 am

      Ignorance of the shifts in the political spectrum and ideology amongst the parties will not get you anywhere either. The Republicans of the time were more liberal than they were conservative. Also everything was not black and white the way it is today. There was no asymmetric polarization, the right moving to the right while the left remains the same. Need I remind you of the Democrats who left the party to join the Republicans because of civil rights? The anti-slavery movement that created the GOP was in no way a conservative movement. Republican presidents also played a major role in the progressive movement, a very liberal movement. Conservatives amongst republicans is a relatively new phenomenon. Democrats playing the race card? Do you know what the southern strategy is? The strategy created by Nixon and still in use today that uses “code words” and “dog whistle” rhetoric in order to appeal to the racists in the southern states.

      Would you care to share with everyone how the democrats keep minorities down in order to get votes? If you would like I can share with you evidence that the Republican party is the party of the extremely wealthy and could care less about the middle class and poor, the majority of Americans. I would be happy to share this with you but because of your comment, and the fact that you began your comment with an ad hominem, I am afraid you wouldn’t understand. You are more than likely so entrenched within your right wing bubble of misinformation that any facts that contradict your ideology are immediately dismissed as “liberal bias”. The epistemic closure, the obvious mental gymnastics that result from cognitive dissonance, and the blatant easily refuted lies that have come from the right lately are truly pitiful and representative of a serious problem with our national discourse. When your average Republican cannot get through a conversation or a comment without an ad hominem, a non sequitur, a slippery slope argument, or a red herring then there is something seriously wrong. The right used to have intellectuals. What happened?

      • July 2, 2013 at 9:19 pm

        Nuff Said!!! The Dixiecrates became Repub in the sixties when the national platform did not fit their agenda {civil rights}keep them riding the back of the
        bus and inferior schools,not to mention work place
        segregation. These are the representatives of the Klan with Brooks Brother suits rather than sheets.

  17. Joe
    November 7, 2012 at 11:50 am

    It’s amazing that liberals like yourself and the dimwitted readers you have can read things but completely miss the point of what is being said. I won’t go into your entire inane article, but suffice to say that Sowell’s point about America surrendering is based on the current political climate and the lack of stones on the part of the “ruling class” and those who enable them. The people of this country and the politicians surrender on a daily basis. It’s not that hard to imagine them surrendering to a threat of violence as we already have, proof positive by the Patriot Act, and the massive waste that is the TSA – among other things. We’ve surrendered our freedom, our identity, and our economic independence (individual independence) for a few bobbles we think makes our lives better – too dimwitted to see further down the road or care about future generations. You clueless liberals patting yourselves on the back after misunderstanding someone’s point only goes to show the sad state that this country has fallen to. Not one of you has the brain power to even start to understand economics or its implications. Sowell does not always get his social or political commentary correct, just as I would not expect Michael Moore to be able to say word one about economic affairs. But at least social commentary is, by definition, an opinion which any fool can have, while economic opinions should at least be backed up with logic and research.

    • michael3ov
      December 19, 2012 at 3:43 am

      See above comment.

    • you're an idiot
      April 16, 2013 at 12:17 am

      Very well said my friend. That was some solid pimp slappage.

      • you're an idiot
        April 16, 2013 at 12:19 am

        Referencing Joe to be clear.

  18. Frank
    February 29, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    What a great column. I have to confess to reading Sowell’s column at times but only to laugh at the great man’s historical pronouncements. One I found really inane was when he informed us that FDR didn’t really end the Great Depression. Who didn’t know that? Saying that I have to say that I don’t agree with you that Tommy is insane. Instead I would argue that he is really a very smart opportunist. He writes, as you noted, to the very far right and it is they who not only read his column but actually buy his books. Smart, very smart. Tommy’s real message is that anyone can pander to the lunatic fringe and make lots of money doing so.

  19. February 7, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    A remarkable post! This shows how corrupt & canny politicians try to manipulate people by using empty rhetoric. Their words are hollow & cold as they lack empathy for people. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to think things carefully.

  20. January 14, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    It’s disgusting, on the many errors & misrepresentations that you made.
    I don’t really like to make general claims (although not insulting, per your puerile tactics), as you did & leftists, overall, but it would take many pages to elicit facts & explain how wrong you are.

    • eliu
      May 25, 2012 at 11:28 am

      *Ignoramus. Please, provide us with facts, masta.

  21. HenryF
    September 16, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Excellent commentary. Such points need to be made loudly and often, not just about Sowell but this whole current breed of right-wing polemicists who think that facts are like silly putty to be stretched or cut as necessary to make their self-serving claims, and think a good argument consists of melding those distortions with whole cloth fabrication and then repeating over and over.

  22. Tom
    August 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Are you still in elementary school?

  23. joe
    August 6, 2010 at 11:20 am

    You are an ugly racist to denigrate a black man like Sowell. I bet you wear a KKK white sheet as you manage this rag.

    • August 6, 2010 at 11:14 pm

      So, criticizing Sowell for his foolish and vile opinions makes me a racist? Not in this life. Glad my article pissed you off. A sure sign of its accuracy.

      • Alex
        October 14, 2013 at 6:13 am

        If someone had called Obama “Obammy boy” and spent the whole of their article saying “Shame on you” like you toss it around, creatively lied about what they had said, and THEN painted a little Hitler Moustache over his face, you, and all your kind, would be screaming racism so loud it would reverberate off the Whitehouse and be heard as far away as San Francisco bay, wherein thousands of local bloggers would re-tweet that the language was definately “racist”.

        Because that’s basically your whole shtick when someone disagrees with Obama’s policies.

  24. joe
    August 6, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Obama is like Hitler because he wants state control of the economy. Obama is a national socialist who believes economic power should reside with him.

    So the Hitler mustache belongs on obama’s mug.

    • August 6, 2010 at 11:12 pm

      “Obama is like Hitler”… Et tu, joe? Thanks for insulting the memory of at least 6 million Jews with your iodiotic and vile comparison. Just like Sowell. By the way, Hitler had all the national socialists rounded up and killed! You really should watch the History Channel instead of FOX News.

    • August 6, 2010 at 11:21 pm

      By the way, Joe, if you really think the Nazis were socialists, then I guess that makes the People’s Republic of China all Republicans.

      • Shawn
        March 4, 2012 at 11:25 pm

        Seriously? How many times was Bush called Hitler by people you admire? Where is your deep insight there? You call Sowell so many names its actually sad.
        Hitler arguments aside, name calling is pretty much the first indicator you have no argument…
        But then you knew that already.

    • michael3ov
      December 19, 2012 at 3:52 am

      Hitler and the Nazi’s were not socialist. It is amazing that people on the right, mainly people who listen to Glen Beck, still use this lie. Maybe it is because the Nazi’s were actually fascist and the right would hate to admit that the Nazi’s had a right wing political ideology. The name National Socialists has nothing to do with the economic theory of socialism. The Nazi’s opposed and killed many socialist and labor organizers. If you think the title of their party is proof they were socialist I feel for you and your critical thinking skills. I guess The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is a democracy and China is a Republic because it is called The People’s Republic of China. Please show how Obama wants state control of the economy. The GM bailout is not evidence. Nonsensical partisan hyperbole will do nothing to help this country. The electorate is embracing reason more and more and people like you who think any old slander will do when directed at our President will be pushed closer and closer to the margins.

  25. William Rome
    August 2, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    This article is retarded. It was like reading a name calling hissyfit by a little kid, I’m suprised the author can spell correctly but then again he probably used a ton of spellcheck.

    Liberals are morons plain and simple.

    • Seriously
      August 2, 2010 at 5:04 pm

      Apparently grammar check isn’t an option. Also, would you consider claiming “liberals are morons” to be name calling?

    • August 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm

      Name calling, you say? At least I don’t say all conservatives are morons. Or call people Hitler. Or retarded.

  26. August 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Sowell is an idiot. Problem is, Obama has adopted nearly every Bush policy when it comes to civil rights, war and foreign policy.

    Flame away.

  27. Andy
    August 1, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Fantastic Piece, To Bad the Tea Baggers either can’t read or just choose not to enlighten themselves.

    • Liz
      March 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      More fodder from a mental eunuch.

  28. August 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    “potential President whose foreign policy didn’t consist of simply thumbing his nose at the rest of the world”

    His POTENTIAL policy may not have. But his ACTUAL policy? Pretty much Bush III. No thankyou.

    • August 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm

      This column was about Thomas Sowell, not Barack Obama.

  29. Kathryn Milner
    August 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Great article. Thank you.

  30. ajadedoptimist
    August 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Thank you so much for writing this – excellent article.
    I’ll be ReTweeting and posting w/ several groups on Facebook.

  31. HoneyBearKelly
    August 1, 2010 at 9:48 am

    The appropriately named Hoover Institute.

  32. Darla Schwartz
    August 1, 2010 at 9:18 am

    You are amazing. Incredible article. A must read for everyone….

  33. al atwittr
    August 1, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Brilliant.
    Thanks,
    http://bit.ly/ckVmgr

  34. August 1, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Bravo! This is an important piece that needs to be spread around. I’m going to mention it in my blog today, and I’ll tweet and FB the hell out of it. My blog is also on TPM, AlterNet and Open Salon. It’s going there, too.

    We’re in a serious war here, and you’ve just provided more ammunition. Entertaining, too, which seems to be a prerequisite these days.

    My best, Ramona

  35. July 31, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Awesome column. Simply brilliant…Thankyou so much~!

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