Fake news: ‘Tax cuts for the rich’

One of the painful realities of our times is how long a political lie can survive, even after having been disproved years ago, or even generations ago. A classic example is the phrase “tax cuts for the rich,” which is loudly proclaimed by opponents, whenever there is a proposal to reduce tax rates. The current […]

Lessons of Middlebury College

Many people seem shocked at the recent savagery of a mob of students at Middlebury College, who rioted to prevent Charles Murray from addressing a student group who had invited him to speak. They also inflicted injuries requiring hospitalization on a woman from the faculty who was with him. Where have all these shocked people […]

The future of education at a crossroads

[Editor’s note: Though he retired from column writing in December, Mr. Sowell has since written two columns — reprinted on this page — about a crucial vote on education.] In just a matter of days, a decision will be made in Washington affecting the futures of millions of children in low-income communities, and in the […]

Education at a crossroads — Part II

One of the painful realities of our time is that most public schools in most low-income, inner-city neighborhoods produce educational outcomes that are far below the outcomes in other neighborhoods, and especially in more affluent neighborhoods. Attempts to assign blame are too numerous to name, much less explore. But as someone who has, for more […]


[EDITOR’S NOTE: The Citizen has printed opinion columns by Thomas Sowell since the first edition of The Citizen Review, April 22, 1994. Because he has decided to retire at 86 to pursue his passion for photography, this and the opinion below will be his final columns. The nation will miss his clear-headed, fact-based assessments. I […]

Random thoughts, looking back

[Editor’s note: Thomas Sowell has retired from opinion writing. This is one of his final two columns.] Any honest man, looking back on a very long life, must admit — even if only to himself — being a relic of a bygone era. Having lived long enough to have seen both “the greatest generation” that […]

The ‘diversity’ fraud

[Editor’s note: Thomas Sowell has retired from opinion writing. His final columns will appear in upcoming issues.] Nothing so epitomizes the politically correct gullibility of our times as the magic word “diversity.” The wonders of diversity are proclaimed from the media, extolled in the academy and confirmed in the august chambers of the Supreme Court […]

A public service

[Editor’s note: Thomas Sowell has retired from opinion writing. His final columns will appear in upcoming issues.] Sometimes someone inadvertently performs a public service by bringing an unbelievably stupid and dangerous idea to the surface, where it can be exposed for what it is. The New York Times can be credited — if that is […]

Where are we?

We are now in a kind of political no-man’s-land between an administration on its way out and a new administration taking shape. Predictions are always risky — and nowhere more so than in times like these. What we can do, however, is assess where we are, and what some of the opportunities and dangers are. […]

The Left’s gambles

[Editor’s note: In his mid-80s, Thomas Sowell has announced his retirement from column writing to take up his passion of photography, effective this month. The editor is in mourning.] Sometimes life forces us to make decisions, even when we don’t have enough information to know how the decision will turn out. The risks may be […]

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