Ever Wonder Why?: and Other Controversial Essays

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Hoover Press, Sep 1, 2013 - Political Science - 460 pages
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Thomas Sowell takes aim at a range of legal, social, racial, educational, and economic issues in this latest collection of his controversial, never boring, always thought-provoking essays. From "gun control myths" to "mealy mouth media" to "free lunch medicine," Sowell gets to the heart of the matters we all care about with his characteristically unsparing candor.
 

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Contents

The Compassion Racket
Ronald Reagan 19112004
Gun Control Myths
Part II
A Painful Anniversary
The High Cost of Shibboleths
Why Do They Hate Us?
Foreign Allies

The Wright Stuff
The Legacy of Eric Hoffer
OneUppers versus Survival
The Equality Dogma
The Inequality Dogma
Equality Inequality and Fate
Hiroshima
The Tyranny of Visions
Part II
Part III
The Immigration Taboo
The Left Monopoly
I Beg to Disagree
4th Estate or 5th Column?
ECONOMIC ISSUES
Why Economists Are Not Popular
Housing Hurdles
The Cost of Medical Care
Subsidies Are All Wet
A Taxing Experience
Profits without Honor
Part II
Two Earthquakes
Peter Bauer 19152002
Journalists and Economics
Stock Crash Aftermath
Milton Friedman at 90
Price Gouging in Florida
Economic Power
A Relic of the Recent Past
Who Can Afford It?
FreeLunch Medicine
Part II
Part III
Manufacturing Confusion
A Cold Shower
An Old New Vision
Third World Sweatshops
Part II
Privatizing Social Security
Part II
Living Wage Kills Jobs
A Happy Birthday?
LEGAL ISSUES
Calculated Confusion
Judges and Judgment
Justice for Little Angelo
Property Rites
Part II
Part III
Foreign Law Is Not Law
Medical Lawsuits
Fixing the Jury System
Half a Century after Brown
Part II
Part III
Umpires Judges and Others
Big Business and Quotas
The Grand Fraud
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Saving Quotas
The High Cost of Nuances
The Polio Fallacy
POLITICAL ISSUES
Spoiled Brat Politics
Part II
My Platform
The Oldest Fraud
The Lefts Vision
The Lefts Vocabulary
Abstract People
Looking Back
SOCIAL ISSUES
Mealy Mouth Media
Achievements and Their Causes
Talkers versus Doers
Part II
Liberals and Class
Part II
Part III
The Autism Spectrum
The High Cost of Busybodies
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Partial Truth Abortion
Lying about Yosemite
Growing Old
April Fools Party
EDUCATION ISSUES
Choosing a College
The Idiocy of Relevance
Julian Stanley and Bright Children
For What Purpose?
School Performances
Part II
Part III
College Admissions Voodoo
Summer DeProgramming
Fat in Californias Budget
A Scary Report
Teaching to the Test
Part II
Part III
Smart Problems
Vouchers Vindicated
Artificial Stupidity
Good Teachers
A Sign of the Times
Suspicious Stats
Peers and Pied Pipers
RACIAL ISSUES
Older Budweiser
Rosa Parks and History
Friends of Blacks
Part II
Recycled Racism
Dangerous Democracy?
Are Cops Racist?
Rattling the Chains
Roasting Walter Williams
Diversity in India
Race and IQ
Part II
Part III
An Old War and a New One
Silly Letters
Black History Month
Bravo for Bill Cosby
Quota Logic
Part II
RANDOM THOUGHTS
Random Thoughts
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Thomas Sowell is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Among his published works are Basic Economics, Late Talking Children, and Race and Culture. He has also published in both academic journals and the popular media including Newsweek, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and 150 newspapers that carry his nationally syndicated column.

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