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Monday, December 26, 2011

The Thomas Sowell Reader

One of our most favorite writers has just published a new book which is a great collection of articles, book excerpts and biographical sketches written by Thomas Sowell over many years. Dr. Sowell taught economics at Cornell and UCLA. His textbook called Basic Economics is widely used and has been translated into six languages. He is currently a scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Dr. Sowell has taken many positions on controversial issues and his latest book, called The Thomas Sowell Reader will introduce you to a sampling of the many topics he has covered in his lifetime. He writes about everything from baseball to politics to history to gun control; race and social issues to education and legal issues. One favorite piece, for example, is entitled “Spoiled Brat Politics” in which Sowell tells us that “the essence of bigotry is denying others the same rights you claim for yourself.” Dr. Sowell’s primary field of expertise, economics, touches on many of the hot-button issues of the day.

The chapter called “Unfunded Mandates” sums up the irrational ideas of liberal economics. When the federal government legislates an unfunded mandate that the states are expected to pay for, the federal government is just shifting the burden to the states and making the states bear the criticism if they think it is a wrong use of taxpayers' money. Many proposals vastly exceed what any nation can afford. Unfunded mandates are an underhanded way of making costly decisions without weighing the costs against the benefits.

This book packs a lot of thought-provoking subjects written over a half century into small, easy-to-digest bites. They will intrigue you to probe further into the mind of this much admired economist. The name of this very useful book is The Thomas Sowell Reader.

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