Thomas Sowell (30 June 1930) is an American economist and social theorist who is currently a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Sowell is both a syndicated columnist and an academic economist, whose column was distributed by Creators Syndicate. Themes of Sowell’s writing range from social policy on race, ethnic groups, education and decision-making, to classical and Marxian economics, to the problems of children perceived as having disabilities.
While often described as a black conservative, he prefers not to be labeled, having stated, “I prefer not to have labels, but I suspect that ‘libertarian’ would suit me better than many others, although I disagree with the libertarian movement on a number of things”. He primarily writes on economic subjects, generally advocating a free market approach to capitalism. Sowell opposes the Federal Reserve, arguing that it has been unsuccessful in preventing economic depressions and limiting inflation.
Sowell also writes on racial topics and is a critic of affirmative action and race-based quotas.
He takes strong issue with the notion of government as a helper or savior of minorities, arguing that the historical record shows quite the opposite.
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