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Thomas Sowell’s farewell

No, he hasn’t died. At age 86 he’s simply decided to get out of the news whirl, quit his regular column, and spend more time on photography. Is that cool, or what?

Michelle Malkin says an eloquent goodbye.

Yes, he’s more conservative than many of us diehard lib-anarchists would like. But overall, he was a powerful voice of common sense on economics and liberty and especially against the tomfoolery of eternal racial victimhood. He also won my heart by by being such a private person and disdaining trendy self-promotion.

So farewell and enjoy being out of the news loop, Dr. Sowell.


  1. Pat
    Pat December 28, 2016 6:57 am

    Just read that this a.m. This is a great loss, but his books speak for him well.

    Thomas Sowell is one of the few “social” writers who can write without saying the same thing twice. He’s always found a way to make his point clear, and then clearer, each time he speaks.

    His common sense is what has held me for years. “Reality is not optional.”

  2. LibertyNews
    LibertyNews December 28, 2016 7:02 am

    I’ll miss his columns. There are only 2 people I’ve ever read who made economics interesting, Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams.

  3. Shel
    Shel December 28, 2016 7:06 am

    I have referenced him enough in this blog to wonder if people were getting tired of hearing about him. He is the source I have gone to when racial issues were involved; I can’t remember ever finding fault in his writings. One of his profound statements that stuck with me was that we may be the first nation to die of a case of terminal frivolity, being concerned with the race or sex of the president. In keeping with his very practical and common sense nature, he knows when it is time for him to quit. A wonderful message, just like all his others.

    Now the mantle goes to Walter Williams (this link can be gotten to by clicking his name on the Drudge Report).

  4. Desertrat
    Desertrat December 28, 2016 9:26 am

    I first learned of him in 1983. I’ve been a fan ever since. I certainly agree strongly with the comment about frivolity.

    My mother once complained about the lack of statesmen in government. I responded that I’d given up on statesmen; I was searching for a mature adult.

    Short supply thereof.

  5. John
    John January 2, 2017 6:48 pm

    Happy New Year Thomas Sowell
    And to all of good will.

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