Thomas Sowell’s Wisdom

I am a great admirer of Thomas Sowell.  Sowell is a prolific writer who started his career as a Marxist.  He graduated from the University of Chicago as an economist  and went to work for the federal government in the Department of Labor.  His division was involved in implementing the minimum wage.

As a worker for the federal government, he discovered that the vast bureaucracy was not interested in if the minimum wage achieved its goal of helping people. They were only interested in how much money they got to spend.

The experience created  a transformation in Sowell.  He found the mind set of his division was typical of the Washington bureaucracy.  Sowell did a 180 degree turn and became an advocate of private enterprise and capitalism.

Sowell has written a myriad of books that are informative and thought provoking.  He uses reason and common sense to explain his ideas.

About 8 years ago, I had a minor incident that mirrors the situation described by Sowell below.  I had a foreign student that complained to the Dean because she felt she was exempted from the class rules.

Sowell wrote in an article entitled “Random Thoughts” on February 11th, 2014 the following:

“Once, when I was teaching at an institution that bent over backward for foreign students, I was asked in class one day: ‘What is your policy toward foreign students?’ My reply was: ‘To me, all students are the same. I treat them all the same and hold them all to the same standards.’ The next semester there was an organized boycott of my classes by foreign students. When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.”


About camden41

Retired public school administrator Retired history professor: Taught Western Civilization, American Civil War, United States History, Economic History, Ancient & Medieval Foundations, American History Since 1945
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