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Odysseus
02-06-2012, 11:11 AM
Thomas Sowell
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Sowell

Born June 30, 1930 (1930-06-30) (age 81) Gastonia, North Carolina
Nationality American

Institution Hoover Institution (1980–present)
UCLA (1970–1972, 1974–1980)
Urban Institute (1972–1974)
Brandeis University (1969–1970)
Cornell University (1965–1969)
Field Economics, Education, Politics, History, Race relations, Child development
Influences Milton Friedman, George Stigler, F. A. Hayek
Influenced Clarence Thomas, Milton Friedman, Steven Pinker
Awards Francis Boyer Award, National Humanities Medal, Bradley Prize, International Book Award
Military Service: United States Marine Corps, Corporal,

Thomas Sowell (born June 30, 1930) is an American economist, social theorist, political philosopher, and author. A National Humanities Medal winner, he advocates laissez-faire economics and writes from a conservative and libertarian perspective. He is currently a Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Sowell was born in North Carolina, but grew up in Harlem, New York. He dropped out of high school, and served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He had received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1958 and a master's degree from Columbia University in 1959. In 1968, he earned his doctorate degree in economics from the University of Chicago.

Sowell has served on the faculties of several universities, including Cornell and University of California, Los Angeles, and worked for think tanks such as the Urban Institute. Since 1980 he has worked at the Hoover Institution. He is the author of more than 30 books.


Biography
An African-American, Sowell was born in Gastonia, North Carolina. His father died shortly before he was born, and his mother, a house maid, already had four children. A great-aunt and her two grown daughters adopted Sowell and raised him. In his autobiography, A Personal Odyssey, he said his childhood encounters with white people were so limited that he did not believe blond was really a hair color. When Sowell was nine, his family moved from Charlotte, North Carolina to Harlem, New York City. He attended Stuyvesant High School, the first in his family to study beyond the sixth grade. However, he was forced to drop out at age 17 because of financial difficulties and problems in his home. He worked at a number of jobs, including at a machine shop and as a delivery man for Western Union, and tried out for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948.[4] Sowell was drafted in 1951, during the Korean War, and was assigned to the Marine Corps. Because of his experience in photography, he was assigned as a photographer, but he also trained Marines in .45 caliber pistol proficiency.

After his discharge, Sowell worked a civil service job in Washington, D.C. and attended night classes at Howard University, admitted on the basis of his General Education certificate. His high scores on the College Board exams and recommendations by two professors helped him gain admission to Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.[1][5] He received a Master of Arts from Columbia University the following year, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1968.

Sowell had initially chosen Columbia University to study under George Stigler (who would later receive the Nobel Prize in Economics). When he learned that Stigler had moved to the University of Chicago, he followed him there.

Sowell has taught economics at Howard University, Rutgers, Cornell, Brandeis University, Amherst College, and UCLA. Since 1980 he has been a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he holds a fellowship named after Rose and Milton Friedman, his mentor.

In 1987, Sowell testified in favor of federal appeals court judge Robert Bork during the hearings for Bork's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. In his testimony, Sowell said that Bork was "the most highly qualified nominee of this generation" and that judicial activism, a concept that Bork opposed, "has not been beneficial to minorities."

Sowell has stated that he was a Marxist “during the decade of my 20s"; one of his earliest professional publications was a sympathetic examination of Marxist thought vs. Marxist-Leninist practice.[9] His experience working as a federal government intern during the summer of 1960 caused him to reject Marxian economics in favor of free market economic theory. During his work, Sowell discovered a correlation between the rise of mandated minimum wages for workers in the sugar industry of Puerto Rico and the rise of unemployment in that industry. Studying the patterns led Sowell to theorize that the government employees who administered the minimum wage law cared more about their own jobs than the plight of the poor.

Career highlights

Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, September 1980–present
Professor of Economics, UCLA, July 1974–June 1980
Visiting Professor of Economics, Amherst College, September–December 1977
Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, April–August 1977
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, July 1976–March 1977
Project Director, The Urban Institute, August 1972–July 1974
Associate Professor of Economics, UCLA, September 1970–June 1972
Associate Professor of Economics, Brandeis University, September 1969–June 1970
Assistant Professor of Economics, Cornell University, September 1965–June 1969
Economic Analyst, American Telephone & Telegraph Co., June 1964–August 1965
Lecturer in Economics, Howard University, September 1963–June 1964
Instructor in Economics, Douglass College, Rutgers University, September 1962–June 1963
Labor Economist, U.S. Department of Labor, June 1961–August 1962

Books by Sowell

2011. The Thomas Sowell Reader. Basic Books. pp. 464. ISBN 978-0465022502.
2011. Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy (4th edition ed.). Cambridge, Mass: Perseus Books Group. ISBN 978-046502252.
2010. Dismantling America. Basic Books. pp. 352. ISBN 978-0465022519.
2010. Intellectuals and Society. Basic Books. pp. 416. ISBN 978-0465019489.
2009. The Housing Boom and Bust. Basic Books. pp. 184. ISBN 978-0465018802.
2008. Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One (2nd ed.). Basic Books. pp. 400. ISBN 978-0465003457. OCLC 260206351.
2007. Economic Facts and Fallacies. Basic Books. pp. 262. ISBN 978-0465003495.
2007. Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy (3rd edition ed.). Cambridge, Mass: Perseus Books Group. ISBN 978-0465002603. OCLC 76897806.
2007. A Man of Letters. San Francisco: Encounter Books. pp. 320. ISBN 978-1594031960.
2006. Ever Wonder Why? And Other Controversial Essays. Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press. pp. 460. ISBN 978-0817947521.
2006. On Classical Economics. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press. 2006. pp. 320. ISBN 978-0300126068.
2005. Black Rednecks and White Liberals: And Other Cultural And Ethnic Issues. San Francisco: Encounter Books. pp. 360. ISBN 978-1594030864.
2004. Affirmative Action Around the World: An Empirical Study. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press. pp. 256. ISBN 978-0300107753.
2004. Basic Economics: A Citizen’s Guide to the Economy, revised and expanded ed. Basic Books, ISBN 0-465-08145-2 (1st ed. 2000)
2003. Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One, ISBN 0-465-08143-6
2002. The Einstein Syndrome: Bright Children Who Talk Late, ISBN 0-465-08141-X
2002. Controversial Essays, ISBN 0-8179-2992-4
2002. A Personal Odyssey, ISBN 0-684-86465-7
2002. The Quest For Cosmic Justice, ISBN 0-684-86463-0
1998. Conquests and Cultures: An International History, ISBN 0-465-01400-3
1996. Migrations and Cultures: A World View, ISBN 0-465-04589-8 OCLC 41748039
1996. The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation As a Basis for Social Policy. Basic Books, ISBN 0-465-08995-X
1995. Race and Culture: A World View. Description & chapter previews. ISBN 0-465-06796-4
1993. Inside American Education, ISBN 0-7432-5408-2
1987. A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles. William Morrow, ISBN 0-688-06912-6
1987. Compassion Versus Guilt and Other Essays. William Morrow, ISBN 0688-07114-7
1985. Marxism: Philosophy and Economics. Quill, ISBN 0-688-06426-4
1984. Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality? William Morrow, ISBN 0-688-03113-7
1983. The Economics and Politics of Race. William Morrow, ISBN 0-688-01891-2
1981. Ethnic America: A History. Basic Books, ISBN 0-465-02074-7
1981. Markets and Minorities. Basic Books, ISBN 0-465-04399-2
1980. Knowledge and Decisions. Basic Books.
1975. Race and Economics. David McKay Company Inc, ISBN 0-679-30262-X
1972. Say's Law, An Historical Analysis. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-04166-0

txradioguy
02-06-2012, 11:13 AM
Obviously a traitor to his race.

Novaheart
02-06-2012, 12:05 PM
Obviously a traitor to his race.

I've wondered if I could get hired on to talk radio playing the role of an arch conservative gay bashing openly gay American. Of course, other than the "openly" part, the role is surely already taken, but I think the "openly" would be the gimmick.

txradioguy
02-06-2012, 12:10 PM
I've wondered if I could get hired on to talk radio playing the role of an arch conservative gay bashing openly gay American. Of course, other than the "openly" part, the role is surely already taken, but I think the "openly" would be the gimmick.

http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/2014/dogstupid.jpg

AmPat
02-06-2012, 12:42 PM
Wait! Has the CBC approved this? An obvious Uncle Tom cannot be elevated to a position of honor and respect in the Black universe because he isn't Black enough. I thought we cleared this up with Allen West???:rolleyes:

Arroyo_Doble
02-06-2012, 12:43 PM
I've wondered if I could get hired on to talk radio playing the role of an arch conservative gay bashing openly gay American. Of course, other than the "openly" part, the role is surely already taken, but I think the "openly" would be the gimmick.

I think it has been done already.

AmPat
02-06-2012, 12:48 PM
I think it has been done already.

He got "selected" to the Sinate didn't he? Al Franken???:confused:;)

txradioguy
02-06-2012, 12:49 PM
I think it has been done already.

And if anyone would know...

Arroyo_Doble
02-06-2012, 12:51 PM
I was wrong about the guy I was thinking of.

The gay thing isn't really a part of his schtick.

The Link (http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/03/kevin_james_los_angeles_mayora.php)

AmPat
02-06-2012, 01:06 PM
I was wrong about the guy I was thinking of.

The gay thing isn't really a part of his schtick.

The Link (http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/03/kevin_james_los_angeles_mayora.php)

{A Liberal's Dilemma:} "He's a Republican, is it still OK to hurl vile anti-gay statements at him? What ruling has our puppet masters handed down to us? Dear me, I'm such a torn liberal. I want to instinctively hate him and defend him at the same time, Oh dear, please help me DNC.":OhNoes:

txradioguy
02-06-2012, 01:41 PM
{A Liberal's Dilemma:} "He's a Republican, is it still OK to hurl vile anti-gay statements at him? What ruling has our puppet masters handed down to us? Dear me, I'm such a torn liberal. I want to instinctively hate him and defend him at the same time, Oh dear, please help me DNC.":OhNoes:


And in the end they come to believe that it's ok to be racist because said black person has "strayed".

See the treatment of Dr. Rice...Michael Steele...Herman Cain etc etc

Elspeth
02-06-2012, 05:51 PM
His experience working as a federal government intern during the summer of 1960 caused him to reject Marxian economics in favor of free market economic theory.

:D:D

He must have been working with some lazy ass interns. :)

It reminds me of the time that a friend of mine got hired (many years ago) for a summer job at a government agency. The interns had to put together boxes and transfer a bunch of files to a new office. My friend figured that the job would only take 2 weeks tops and wondered if he should be looking for another summer job. But the other interns figured out how to stretch out the job so it took the whole summer. If Sowell had an experience like that, no wonder he changed his mind.

Tipsycatlover
02-06-2012, 06:14 PM
I've wondered if I could get hired on to talk radio playing the role of an arch conservative gay bashing openly gay American. Of course, other than the "openly" part, the role is surely already taken, but I think the "openly" would be the gimmick.

You never heard of Tammy Bruce, Kevin James or my favorite Al Rantel?

Novaheart
02-07-2012, 12:15 PM
You never heard of Tammy Bruce, Kevin James or my favorite Al Rantel?

I probably make them look like DU jury members.

Odysseus
02-07-2012, 06:36 PM
I probably make them look like DU jury members.

Not very likely.

Arroyo_Doble
02-07-2012, 06:51 PM
I probably make them look like DU jury members.

I was on one of those. I told them not to worry about it. Basic tinfoil but harmless.

I was outvoted.

Novaheart
02-07-2012, 09:56 PM
Not very likely.

I hate everybody.

Rockntractor
02-07-2012, 10:24 PM
I hate everybody.

You like assholes.:confused:

Novaheart
02-07-2012, 10:35 PM
You like assholes.:confused:

You're obsessed with them. You and that other poster (I often confuse AmPat with TxRadio).

Odysseus
02-08-2012, 12:14 AM
I hate everybody.

That doesn't make you a conservative. It makes you a misanthrope.

Articulate_Ape
02-08-2012, 01:57 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeixtYS-P3s

Nuff said.

AmPat
02-08-2012, 12:12 PM
You're obsessed with them. You and that other poster (I often confuse AmPat with TxRadio).

That may possibly be one of the nicest compliments I ever got on the board. Of course we are easy to tell apart. I have the better Butt.