The words that apply to Thomas Sowell aren’t often found together: conservative scholar, African-American, globalist, contrarian, free-market champion.
Thomas Sowell is an African-American economist who has written many books that — like this one — document findings and patterns with respect to such topics as race, immigration, affirmative action, and the economic impacts of discrimination both at home and abroad. As suggested by the title of this book — “An International Perspective” — Dr. Sowell takes a global view of these issues and probes into policy decisions and the (sometimes unintended) consequences that have ensued.
His conclusions often fly in the face of conventional views of the left and, occasionally, the right. He is a scholarly conservative in the tradition of William F. Buckley. His thoughts are way over the head of the chattering classes on Fox News or AM talk radio echo chambers. His narratives are well-reasoned, carefully documented, and invariably thought-provoking. [⇒ Excerpt]