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Thomas Sowell: Idiot Emeritus

July 31, 2010


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, Thomas.

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. Or have ears. Sowell has also said recently that he hasn’t seen any “hard evidence” that Donald Trump is a racist.

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.”


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.”

I’m not an historian, but I believe that Barack Obama’s and Adolf Hitler’s message was slightly different.

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.

By the way, if you, for some strange reason,  still need further evidence of what a jack ass Thomas Sowell is, this is what he said in 2018 about Donald Trump: “I think he’s better than the previous president.” Sowell makes Clarence Thomas look like Malcolm X.

This idiotic statement about Trump by itself shows Thomas Sowell to be the Diamond & Silk of Economists. Speaking of Diamond & Silk, Candace Owens has cited Thomas Sowell as the source of her “wisdom.”

  1. June 8, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    By the way, an fyi for all you right wing cockroaches who spend your day googling Thomas Sowell to see if anyone is criticizing him, and then scrawl a 4th grade insult with your crayon–your comments will be promptly sent to trash, where they belong.

  2. Eatshit
    June 8, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Thomas Sowell is a genius you sir, are a faggot ass faggot, with a wordpress account.

    • June 8, 2020 at 1:57 pm

      Hahaha! You’re a loser who just googles Thomas Sowell to see if anyone is criticizing this jack ass. Good to see the kind of idiots (YOU) who defend him with such wit and eloquence.

  3. jlnelson
    May 22, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Behold… writing an entire article whining that someone else would dominate you in a debate.

    • May 31, 2020 at 5:33 am

      Behold… all the right wing cockroaches who come scurrying if their right wing shill Thomas (compare everybobdy to Hitler) Sowell is criticized lol…

  4. Hugster
    February 10, 2020 at 12:53 am

    I think its a big mistake to assume conservatives and
    Tea Baggers are less informed, how ridiculous. Thomas Sowell has been breaking the myth of black people for years. People don’t like him because he breaks the assumption that a collective of government bureaucrats can offer people upward mobility with higher taxes. While I appreciate some of your points. Sowell is way ahead of the curb in understanding basic economics something much more important than how many laws can the politician implement to social engineer a synthetic culture.

  5. G
    September 7, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Thomas Sowell’s “Brief History of the Irish” is one of the most appalling misrepresentations of a people, colonial propaganda. Then there’s H.W Crocker III

  6. Pasquale Gelardi
    June 13, 2019 at 9:03 am

    Sowell is correct, it is time for a military coup removing all card carrying Communists from universities and government , to Venezuela , where they can live their fantasy.

  7. Mike
    June 5, 2019 at 10:54 am

    What’s the matter with you?
    You make fine points, but detract from them with your delivery.
    You sound like an entitled baby.
    If you want to get your point across, don’t do it like Trump. Try being respectful and sophisticated instead.

    • imxerox7@gmail.com
      December 11, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      that’s a progressive cry, that’s how they cry

      • June 8, 2020 at 2:03 pm

        Only people I see crying on here are Thomas Sowell fans.

  8. Jabbar
    February 19, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you so much for writing this. I once told a friend that the more educated someone is the harder it is for them to have a capacity for evil. Here as in the case of ted bundy and many others we see that’s clearly not true. Under the guise of objectivity and well placed statistics we see a misconstrued puppet of the right.

  9. William Clogston
    February 7, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    There is a reason you write on a random blog & Tom Sowell is paid to write on these topics. You’ve disproven nothing.

    • Stentor
      February 16, 2019 at 7:09 am

      He doesn’t write any more, but when he did, he was being paid wingnut welfare, not because he’s a writer who’s worth being paid for his drivel. I’m pretty sure O’Toole Fan has more integrity than that, & there aren’t the sort of think tanks on the left that there are on the right. If you’re a hack in a leftwing or centrist think tank, eventually you lose your job, but if you’re a hack in a rightwing think tank, they don’t care how incoherent your writing is, just as long as it hits all the right buttons, hating minorities & entitlement recipients, or anyone espousing Democratic Party ideals. That’s how Sowell makes his money, by peddling hatred & misinformation as opinion writing. O’Toole Fan was dead-on correct.

      • May 30, 2020 at 5:20 am

        Thank you.

  10. Heidi
    December 21, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    What the fuck did I just read

  11. Degt
    August 20, 2018 at 3:17 am

    Fuck you!!

    • Mandatory Username
      April 23, 2019 at 5:00 pm

      That’s a good counter-argument

  12. August 16, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Okay, I have to go back and savor this properly but THANK YOU for writing this. A neighbor, who I have some fondness for, is actually a closet racist. He uses this man to justify his viewpoints. Thomas Sowell reminds me of my stepfather, but with more money. I get tired of this foolish man being used as some sort of race prop, in an attempt to get me to hate who I am. I’m largely indifferent to the chaos around me, but when you see mess like Sowell’s you can’t help but stew. I live every day with people who are willing to ruin their own futures because a black president scared them that much. It’s utterly amazing. Thank you for this. I may download this fool’s books for free, so I can go through and fact-check everything, and drop a huge binder on my neighbor’s step. Neighbor dude tried to tell me that Sowell pretty much excuses colonialism, and says that its impact on Native Americans and Africans was minimal. I hate this man and wish his drivel would cease being printed.

  13. Sonny
    December 18, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Trying to give the Conservative mindset a fair shake so picked up a copy of Sowell’s Economic Facts and Fallacies. He claims amongst other things that “government interventions had prolonged the Great Depression by several years”, in what seems to be a general approach combining surface erudition with a lot cherry picking and loose arguments.

  14. Fermi
    September 19, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Brilliant Article O’Toole, keep up the great work and just know that anytime the RIGHT attacks you, youre 100% right.

    • September 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Sowell and his ilk would like us to believe that a few wise individuals–e.g. The Mercers, Kochs, Waltons, Murdochs, etc. should be allowed to run our country without interference from we the people. It works so well that way.

      • Jabbar
        February 19, 2019 at 12:20 pm

        And that people who seek an education have only the illusion of being so he claims they comment on that which is outside they’re expertise as if he isn’t guilty of the same .

  15. Ryan
    April 14, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I just read one of his books ( economic fallacies) my first and I will say he seems to focus on data not just opinions. He sites lots of studies and data and it seems to make sense. So either his data is wrong or something else? This article doesn’t seem very focused on data more hearsay and opinions and nitpicking of what someone said at some point and what someone else said at a different point…

    You could be right but I would love to see your study of why homeless people are homeless? That it is mostly due to mental illness and schizophrenia. Again, you could be right but do you cite nothing.

    Sowell seems much more objective and less opinionated ( much of it nasty) than this article.

    • April 14, 2017 at 11:41 am

      The homeless issue also has a lot to do with the tremendous financial insecurity in the US brought on by Reaganomics and corporate greed. An article in Atlantic Magazine pointed out that HUGE numbers of Americans couldn’t come up with $400 in an emergency. Wow!

      The orchestrated shift in wealth from the poor and middle class to the very rich has left many (most?) living paycheck to paycheck and the loss of a job can quickly make many families homeless. I myself was once on the brink of homelessness when my company decided to close our department and dump us in the street in the middle of an awful recession. The recession was so bad that people would line up for a couple blocks when a restaurant advertised a bus boy job. People were crying for jobs.

      Uncle Tom Sowell thinks people are homeless because they’re lazy. His foundation is funded by the Walton Family (Walmart) and other crazy billionaires, who are invested in us believing that the rich get their wealth through hard work and virtue, instead of by corruption and theft. What must follow this thinking is that the poor got that way through laziness and lack of virtue. He makes his money producing sophisticated nonsense that bolsters the oppression of the American people. May he rot.

      • June 28, 2017 at 8:51 pm

        Exactly. And like this:

        “Half of Americans can’t afford their house”

        “Over half of Americans (52%) have had to make at least one major sacrifice in order to cover their rent or mortgage over the last three years, according to the “How Housing Matters Survey,” which was commissioned by the nonprofit John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and carried out by Hart Research Associates.”

        “Affordability issues are real and a major hurdle,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors, an industry group. Home prices have increased 20% over the past two years while wages have barely gone up….”

        I have been watching this, and it appears to me that the awesome environment of fast escalating home prices that existed before 2008 was so desirable that like manifest destiny, we’ve quickly gotten back to that, though I have no arguments against other factors driving this as well.

        But the point is we can’t continue to do this. I couldn’t find the other article where wages up to including a Police Officer couldnt’ afford the mortgage on a reasonable home in a lot of markets….

        Sowell is a Right-Wing Kool-Aid vendor to me, nothing more.

    • Fermi
      September 19, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Stanford Graduate here. I took a microeconomics course with him many years ago while he was still teaching and he did an excellent job of hiding his ideological leanings. It was pretty staid stuff.

      When I stumbled upon an article he wrote years back in the WSJ about the causes of the recession I was blown away by how…well…stupid he sounded. Completely contrary to the refined gentleman I knew in the classroom.

      It’s sad to say but Sowell is a hack and an uncle Tom. His incessant need to produce right-wing drivel (blaming the poor, the rich-as-virtuous) is milquetoast fox news hogwash. Sowell is the quintessential definition of psuedo-intellectual. It’s a good thing I majored in physics and not economics.

      • August 16, 2018 at 7:45 pm

        Thank you, Fermi. This man is insane, either that or he realizes he can get rich lying to white conservatives. Niche in the market? I dunno. Ick.

  16. April 13, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    First off, most people who are homeless are homeless because of mental illness – specifically schizophrenia. …. Then there are people who have mental illness, but get into the White House because they have money and crazy billionaire friends. Just had to keep enough of those damn Negroes from voting, and the GOP wins

  17. Jeff Opal
    March 23, 2017 at 5:48 am

    I’ve fact-checked Sowell’s writings and found that he lies A LOT. When he writes with the intent to make some person or group look bad, he makes up things to help his case.
    For example, his book “The Vision of the Annointed” lies about The Club of Rome think tank, attributing an absurd false prediction to them. It says that their book The Limits to Growth predicted that the global economy would slow to a halt (due to depletion of resources) “sometime near the end of the 20th century”. The actual prediction in the their book was “If trends continue” resource-depletion will stall the global economy “sometime during the next 100 years”. The book was published in 1973, so the “trial period” for the prediction won’t end until 2073. Sowell described this prediction as “perhaps the most famous false prediction of modern times”. But no one can know if it will come true or not until 2073.
    In the same book he attributes these two quotes to the famous American activist Ralph Nader: “the issues are black and white”, and “no honest person can disagree”. In the book’s references Sowell gives as the source of these two quotes a 6 volume set of books about the history of abortion-related court rulings in the United States titled “Planned Parenthood vs. Casey”. Ralph Nader isn’t quoted or even mentioned anywhere in the set of books.
    When John Kerry was running for US President in 2004 against G. W. Bush Sowell published an editorial portraying Kerry as hypocritical. The editorial said that Kerry told a group of US autoworkers that he was “a proud owner of an SUV”, but later when speaking to a group of environmentalists said “his family owned the SUV, not him”. I found what Kerry actually said to the autoworkers with a Lexis-nexis search (Lexis can be accessed from the library of the university where I live, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA). Kerry’s actual words were, “I’m a proud owner of a Chrysler minivan”.
    About six weeks after the Sept. 11 2001 terrorist attack against the World Trade Center Sowell published an editorial about a speech given at Georgetown University by former US President Bill Clinton. Sowell wrote that Clinton said “we are still paying the price” for an act of terrorism. The editorial clearly implies that Clinton was referring to the recent WTC attack, and implies that resentment about the warring of Crusaders in the middle easy long ago motivated the attack. When one examines the actual text of Clinton’s speech one sees that Clinton indeed was referring to terror done by American military forces…Sherman’s March during the US Civil War. US General Sherman had his men burn down the houses of tens of thousands of US citizens in the US state of Georgia. This indeed was terror…the intentional targeting of civilians. But anyone who reads the speech can see that Clinton wasn’t making any kind of reference to the WTC attack.
    I could go on and on. I could give a dozen more examples of such lies by Sowell. They are easy to find: when Sowell writes with the intent of making some person or group look bad, he LIES.

    • March 23, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Uncle Thomas, paid by the elites to come up with crazy, intellectual-sounding rubbish to keep down people of color and the poor. He and Uncle Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court sleep together, metaphorically, of course.

      • Kyle
        March 26, 2017 at 5:18 pm

        Thunderbolt, this statement is ironic and idiotic. Ironic, as you utilize insults alleging racism and homosexuality, which Sowell refers to as the “go to” argument for anyone that is a Liberal when talking to someone with opposing views. Idiotic, because I dont think you know what a metaphor is.

      • April 13, 2017 at 6:29 pm

        Hard to argue that guys like Sowell and Thomas were not picked specifically because of their color. Thomas, in particular, was a cruel joke by the right wing. Justice Marshall, a great champion of the poor & African Americans had broken the color barrier, so the right wing found some corporate whore with black skin and utter indifference to the plight of the African American to take his place, thus preserving the “black seat” on the Court.

      • Fermi
        September 19, 2017 at 11:07 am

        Kyle, you are the fool. I have yet to meet a conservative with a decent IQ (I’m sure they exist though).

        Uncle toms like Sowell and Clarence are retrograde scum.

      • June 12, 2020 at 3:18 pm

        I saw a video clip a few years ago where Clarence Thomas was talking to a young black man and he said to him, “Have you ever read Thomas Sowell? You have to be read Thomas Sowell.” I about puked, but wasn’t surprised.

  18. February 5, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Sowell needs to take a history class. Japan surrended because Stalin threatened to invade, not because the Americans dropped two atomic bombs on them.

    • February 5, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      …. Japan surrendered because Stalin threatened to invade, not because the Americans dropped two atomic bombs on them ….

      What utter rubbish. Truman dropped the atom bombs because Stalin, who’d been Japan’s ally until five minutes before and to whom the traitor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, had always deferred , threatened to invade and to colonize a Japan he’d never opposed and that America and our (particularly ANZAC) allies had begun to thrash! For a “Democrat,” Brother Truman was almost an American.

      • Fermi
        September 19, 2017 at 11:11 am

        A Trumptard trying to sound smart (and failing).

        When ingesting LSD, try to avoid a computer. Thanks Brain Richard Allen. FDR saved the allies by delaying entry to the war – wittingly or unwittingly it allowed America a major tactical advantage.

        He’s one of our 3 greatest presidents, easily: FDR, Lincoln, Washington.

    • Kyle
      March 26, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      The truth is, there arent a lot of great records about the Emperor and those final days of the war to definitively know the complete story. I don’t really know that there is any way to prove definitively that one could be pointed to as the sole cause of surrender without the presence of the other.
      Saint Cecilia: I think some perspective is important for assessing the likelihood of a full-frontal invasion of Japan by Russia. Russia had incurred more casualties than the rest of the Allies combined by that point in the war. The United States had the vastly superior Navy which would have been imperative for a successful full-frontal invasion of the main island. There are high end projections for loss of life of near a million troops for a full-frontal invasion of the main land of Japan by the Truman administration (more reasonable estimates are near 500,000). Not to mention Russia still had most of their remaining troops committed to Manchuria against a sizable Japanese Army. I have read that theory quite a bit, but the Russians were going to have to beat the Americans in a race to the finish. Do you think that was likely?
      Most accounts have some type of combination of Russia invading &/or the bombs. Even without the bombs or the Russia invasion, the United States was going to force a surrender eventually. Long story short, Japan knew the war was going to end, it was just a matter of how to put themselves in the most favorable negotiating position for a treaty. I dont think they were naive to the fact that Russia might flip on them, they just thought they had more time. And Japan had some level of intelligence on the bombs, but maybe they didn’t fully project just how devastating they could be.

  19. January 12, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Some brilliant takedowns of Sowell. Obviously, a classic as people like me are still finding it and commenting 7 years later.

  20. Johann
    December 27, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    What a crock of shit, plain and simple. Only an asswagon could write something so devoid of merit and only fellow asswagons would agree.

  21. Man of logic
    July 23, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    The vitriol and hatredbin this article are unnecessary. Sowell is clearly of above-average intelligence. Why can’t you attack his arguments rather than his character and intelligence? Your overly-emotional tone suggests that you are unsure of the validity of your arguments, as people often become enraged when they think that perhaps their arguments are not particularly strong.
    By the way, I’m not saying that you’re wrong. I’m simply saying that, in this day and age, people automatically say “you’re stupid” to anyone who disagrees with them. That’s not moral courage, that’s not blunt honesty. That’s plain irrationality.

    • Man of logic
      July 31, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Just to make it clear, I’m not opposed to bluntly stating the truth. I do that myself, and I think it’s great. But when you make nonsensical insults (like calling clearly intelligent people “stupid”) when you have no real point to make, that’s a problem.

    • December 27, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Speaking of vitriol, read any Sowell lately? I don’t see that the author is out of line, given the arrogance of Sowell’s writing and the way he pushes aside facts to be a mouthpiece for the Koch Brothers and others who are ripping off America. Then, he has the gall to scream racism when people call him on his disinformation.

    • Dustin
      January 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      He did a pretty good job of refuting every Sowell argument and premise he mentioned. Adding insults only makes him rude, not wrong.

    • Fermi
      September 19, 2017 at 11:12 am

      You must lack reading comprehension. He DID refute all of Sowell’s arguments. The insults were funny but not incorrect. Sowell is a textbook mountebank.

  22. Chase
    March 16, 2016 at 10:59 am

    This article is just insane. FDR tried to fight deflation like a fucking retard, by creating massive and inhibitory institutions to create inflation, rather than just introducing more currency. We could enslave all black people, that would solve the unemployment and labor participation problem, but it wouldn’t be good. Democratic politicians and black “community leaders” aka professional race baiters definitely thrive on keeping the poor poor, when the middle and upper classes decline, they want to keep an electorate.

    • Fermi
      September 19, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Never go full retard….Chase, remember to take your thorazine first thing in the AM, ok?

  23. Fuck you
    March 14, 2016 at 2:00 am

    This article is full of straw man arguments.

    • Fermi
      September 19, 2017 at 11:15 am

      The irony: Sowell uses straw man arguments to buttress pre-meditated right-wing talking points. This article is excellent: an argument by hyperbole doesn’t make it reasoned. Sowell is great at writing nonsense and making it look sophisticated.

  24. January 13, 2016 at 4:17 am

    Beautiful article and awesome set of rebuttals to the writings of a very vile and sickening man. Sowel is worse than a sociopath who doesn’t care. He’s a psychopath, and those that follow him are even more dangerous. We have to take back the public debate, and this awesome article is going into the database.

    • January 13, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Amazing how the fascist Left, in definitively-deep Denial so easily Projects upon its perceived enemies, its own defining faults.

      Thus, while this piece’s author and his as-zealous supporters are likely not consciously Nazis, as such, I will bet Berlin to a single brick every one of their economic ideas are a lot closer to the actual policies of Hitler’s German Socialist Workers’ Party than are those of the Good Doctor Thomas Sowell!

      Hence the need to so egregiously lock-step smear Doctor Sowell, first.

      Brian Richard Allen

      • King Rocker
        June 27, 2016 at 4:11 am

        Brian Richard, in case you have not noticed, Hitler’s ECONOMIC policy was brilliant and made Germany an economic powerhouse able to take on the world. Had he died before starting the war he would have been the best German leader EVER.

        Talk about back-firing arguments, eh?

      • December 27, 2016 at 5:38 pm

        Brian Richard…Hitler was propped up with major cash infusion from American capitalists…the same people who tried to overthrow FDR in a military coup. True! Look it up.

    • January 18, 2016 at 3:56 am

      You really should learn how to debate. You seem more interested in name calling. Despite your differences or lack of taste for the conclusions of Dr. Sowell you cannot and have not rebutted his data. The fact is most people, notwithstanding, politician never follow-up on their bright ideas to see if they’re actually because more harm than good. The good Doctor does. That’s his genius. You would be better off considering the data if you truly want to quiet him on legitimate grounds. He would eat you alive if you squared off in a debate with him even in his advanced age, however.

      • brianrichardallen
        March 14, 2016 at 6:37 am

        Well said. Thank you.

      • April 14, 2017 at 11:46 am

        Jules Verne once wryly noted that some “scientists” could provide data to “prove” that birds can’t fly.

      • Fermi
        September 19, 2017 at 11:19 am

        There is nothing to refute. Sowell is talking, as usual, out of his ass.

        Go to BrianDelong’s website if you’d like a fellow Ivy League Professor’s take down of Sowell’s rubbish. Comparing Obama’s crowd to Hitler’s raving fascists hordes is textbook idiocy. RIght wingers love to say silly things like “refute his arguments with data” while ignoring the glaring fact that Sowell rarely provides accurate data. It’s called a straw man folks (and that’s what happens when you’re being financed by the Koch brothers at the Hoover Institute).

  25. Mike King
    October 25, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I forced myself to read this moron’s Saturday, Oct 24 column on Police shootings and am sure I will never read anything as vile and disgusting in my entire life. The worst thing about this disgustingly stupid individual is even if every Newspaper in the country cancelled his syndicated column he wouldn’t have a clue as to why.

    • Chase
      March 16, 2016 at 11:04 am

      What does this article discuss, because I have seen that Sowell has talked about the police being unjustly demonized, black on black violence trivialized, and black on white/police killings of whites trivialized, all of which are true. Despite comparable arrest rates, twice as many whites are killed during arrests as blacks. And while blacks make up only 13% of the population, they make up a little under half of arrests and convictions, but even then they are under prosecuted.

      • Fermi
        September 19, 2017 at 11:23 am

        Lies and lies.

        One, MOST crimes are intra-racial: blacks kill blacks, whites kill whites.

        As soon as you lied about that I knew you were a typical right-wing sophist. Blacks are also pulled over more and arrested are FAR greater rates per capital for drug possession despite relatively even drug use across races. Whites use drugs just as much as blacks (and in some Class-II categories like Methamphetamines are actually substantially higher), and yet are arrested for drug use/possession at far lower rates.

        At least get your facts right. Sowell is an uncle tom.

  26. PB
    September 23, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Well done, OTOOLEFAN!

    Been reading Sowell’s OP ED column in a local paper for the past year. Nothing intelligent found yet. Lots of comparing Obama to Hitler. Lots of hatred of the poor and less fortunate.

    He’s a nut job; Maybe he did work in his younger years, but by now he’s off his rocker. What a sad and pathetic old man he is. I don’t know why anyone would listen to him. But then a lot of people love Ayn Rand…

  27. January 29, 2015 at 3:01 am

    Lost me at: …. Godwin’s “Law” ….

    Peculiar name for an opinion.

  28. January 28, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    And who are you…?

  29. January 15, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    …. Never one to pass up an opportunity to be hateful ….

    Got yourself in ten words.

    Although you could also have added, “Ignorant, dangerously dullard, Ideologically blinded to Reality and Truth and lacking Moral Integrity!”

    Stuff like that.

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

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

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

    • Fermi
      September 19, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Another right-wing idiot. If you’re going to complain about using an ad hominem, at least be internally consistent.

      For example: RIght – Wingers are hypocritical dummies. See.

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

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

  35. 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).


  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

    • January 13, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Well said. Thank you. Hear! Hear!

    • Fermi
      September 19, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Murray Rothbard? LMAO. If FDR had listened to any of those idiots, unemployment would’ve been stuck at 25% for a decade. The IRONY of the “the war ended the depression” argument is that it’s effectively the same state-based resource utilization as Keynesian economics. Sowell is not one of it’s “greatest” men; did he win a Nobel Prize for any foundational work? What has he done of any international or universal repute? What has done for humanity that any other Ivy League economist couldn’t have done?

      Its hilarious that right-wingers have this uncompromising belief in mythology-as-science. Sowell was a huge proponent of Say’s Law. Smh. Only idiots still believe Say’s Law is applicable in the short run; and the Chicago School of Friedman acolytes have done more destruction to “free market” capitalism than any other entity in recent memory.

      Sowell is a hack and only a fool would take his writing as gospel.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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?

  42. 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.

    • Fermi
      September 19, 2017 at 11:59 am

      For someone who allegedly lived through the depression he has a funny way of LYING about Depression Era facts. The convenient omissions Sowell is legendary for have yet to be explained by any of the many economically illiterate mountebanks scrambling over one another to defend him.

      There are a TON of nobel-prize winning economists that explain economics far more adeptly than Sowell. In a strange-way, because Sowell, like Clarence Thomas, is a self-hating black man with a modicum of intelligence and some academic repute, his defenders assume that he must have some extraordinary insight. “Wow, a black economist says we shouldn’t help the poor, perhaps maybe there are ALL lazy moochers!”

      It’s poor logic…and dangerous to boot. Sowell is a hack…always has been.

  43. 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!

    • January 13, 2016 at 11:49 am

      …. The Great Depression ….

      Or, more accurately: The Roosevelt Depression.

    • Fermi
      September 19, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      How could it be the a Roosevelt Depression when it began an accelerated under Hoover?

      Oh I forgot, the Right Wing doesnt have an argument so they resort to lies, damn lies, and more lies.

  44. 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.

      • Fermi
        September 19, 2017 at 12:04 pm

        The last right wing intellectual was Buckley. Since his death, they dont even pretend to be intellectuals anymore. Just insult, insult and scream “fake news” and “liberal bias” and “mainstream media” without actually proving any of that is actually real.

        The right has all the power in America atm and they STILL unhinged.

  45. 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.

      • Fermi
        September 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm

        Sowell is an idiot. The end.

    • Fermi
      September 19, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Haha Sowell who got destroyed by Brad DeLong? Sowell is a HACK. And economics as a discipline is NOT physics. Get 10 economists in a room and you’d be lucky if they agree on 3 things. Modern economics, thanks to the pseudo-intellectuals at the Chicago School, have turned economics into politics.

      Sowell is a hack, dude doesn’t even know the proper definition of economics rent/

  46. 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.

    • Fermi
      September 19, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      Exactly. Excellent observation.

      If you pander enough to the lunatic fringe of righties, you’ll secure a market for your books and provide a platform for permanent market share. Look at how many fools on this very blog are defending him? It’s apparent he’s an opportunist.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

    • Fermi
      September 19, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Ignoramus not Ignoramous you Ignoramus.

      Right wingers have lower IQs but are constantly blathering about how smart they are.

  49. 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.

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

    Are you still in elementary school?

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

      • you're an idiot
        April 16, 2013 at 12:35 am

        Here’s a smack down of this nonsense from the man himself. Read it and weep http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2012/06/12/socialist_or_fascist/page/full/

      • January 18, 2016 at 7:39 am

        +michael3ov: …. Hitler’s Socialist Workers’ Party AKA “The Nazis” opposed and killed many other socialist and labor organizers ….

        True. But nowhere even close to the couple hundred million other socialist and labor organizers slaughtered by other socialists by other of totalitarianism’s names. Stalin’s and Mao Tse Tung’s, “communists,” for example.

        EVERY psychopathic fascist Leftarded claque’s essentially the same as every other.

      • Fermi
        September 19, 2017 at 12:12 pm

        Sowell, as usual, is writing trash. Nazis were NOT socialists. Anybody who writes that is immediately flagging himself as a no-nothing.

      • September 19, 2017 at 1:07 pm

        UNCLE THOMAS SAYS: What socialism, fascism and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise people — like themselves — need to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat.

        I SAY: What the right wing propagandists love to do is present government as heavy-handed tyranny, which if can be–especially when the right wing is in control. But much of the time, government is a check on corporate power, which is what they really hate. Left to their own devices, corporations kill people and ruin lives. They charge outrageous interest on loans
        Dump toxic waste in people’s water–Koch Brother pipeline
        Cheat people out of their homes–Like Trump appointee Munchkin
        Put crap in our food
        Put hazardous products on the market — remember the Ford Pinto’s exploding gas tanks?
        Crash the economy with their reckless gambling, as happened in 2008.
        And how about that distribution of wealth in America, where a few families have more money than half the population–courtesy of decades of right wing, pro-rich, pro-corporate policies?

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

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

    Great article. Thank you.

  58. 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.

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

    The appropriately named Hoover Institute.

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

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

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


  62. 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

  63. July 31, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Awesome column. Simply brilliant…Thankyou so much~!

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