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Thomas Sowell Brings the World into Focus through an Economics Lens


Basic Economics - Thomas Sowell Audible Audio Edition

Basic Economics is a citizen’s guide to economics-for those who want to understand how the economy works but have no interest in jargon or equations. Sowell reveals the general principles behind any kind of economy-capitalist, socialist, feudal, and so on. In readable language, he shows how to critique economic policies in terms of the incentives they create, rather than the goals they proclaim. With clear explanations of the entire field, from rent control and the rise and fall of businesses to the international balance of payments, this is the first book for anyone who wishes to understand how the economy functions.

Thomas Sowell on the Myths of Economic Inequality

Recorded on November 15, 2018

Thomas Sowell discusses economic inequality, racial inequality, and the myths that have continued to falsely describe the system of poverty among different racial and economic classes. He explains the economic theories behind these pervasive myths and proposes fact-based solutions for seemingly intractable situations.

Sowell discusses his early life as a high school dropout and his first full-time job as a Western Union messenger delivering telegrams. He admits to flirting with Marxism in his early twenties as he first tried to grapple with the housing inequality he saw across the neighborhoods of New York City. Marxism, he says, was the only explanation he could find at the time. He went on to serve in the Marine Corps before continuing his education in economics at Harvard and earning a master’s at Columbia and a PhD at the University of Chicago.

Sowell’s first job after his receiving his PhD in economics was working for the Department of Labor, and he says it was there that he realized Marxism was not the answer. He argues that the government has its own institutional interests in inequality that cannot be explained through Marxism. He began to be discouraged by Marxism and the government in general and began searching for better economic ideas and solutions (the free market).

Robinson and Sowell discuss Sowell’s written works, his ideas of racial and economic inequality, the state of the United States today, and much more.

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Thomas Sowell Brings the World into Focus through an Economics Lens

In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter Robinson interviews Hoover fellow and author Thomas Sowell, on his 5th edition of Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy. In this interview, Sowell brings the world into clearer focus through a basic understanding of the fundamental economic principles and how they explain our lives. Sowell draws on lively examples from around the world and from centuries of history.

Thomas Sowell - The Ethnic Flaw 1984 1/2

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Thomas Sowell - Preferential Policies (Full Interview)

JUNE 10, 1990
Book Discussion on Preferential Policies
Sowell discussed his book Preferential Policies: An International Perspective, published by William Morrow and Company. ... Sowell's analysis includes plans that have been implemented in developed and under-developed countries for minority and majority segments of the population. ... Sowell asserts that these problems occur because the programs are designed for political expediency rather than long-term societal change.

Thomas Sowell - Poverty & Dependence

Professor Sowell discusses realities of income disparities, poverty and dependence.

Thomas Sowell - Tax Cuts For The Rich

Higher tax rates (symbolism) or higher tax revenue (substance)? History says you can only have one.

Thomas Sowell - Disparities in Income

Thomas Sowell destroys common misconceptions about income inequality.

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Thomas Sowell -- Basic Economics

Recorded on December 14, 2010

Thomas Sowell has studied and taught economics, intellectual history, and social policy at institutions that include Cornell University, UCLA, and Amherst College. Now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Sowell has published more than a dozen books, the latest of which is a revised and updated edition of his classic volume, Basic Economics.

Through its various editions, Sowell writes, the fundamental idea behind Basic Economics remains the same: Learning economics should be as uncomplicated as it is informative. Here, Sowell seeks to uncomplicate some of the economic issues confronting the country today, from the financial crisis and the role of the Fed to the economics of health care and trade imbalances.

Thomas Sowell - Brilliant Economic Insights

Sparkling insights from Professor Sowell captured from various episodes of Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson.

Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.: The Economic Lot of Minorities

Episode S0484, Recorded on November 12, 1981

Guests: Thomas Sowell, Harriet F. Pilpel

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Thomas Sowell on Preferential Policies 1/4 (1990)

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Thomas Sowell - Human Capital

Thomas Sowell explains the value of human capital and the dynamics of foreign aid.

Thomas Sowell - The Ethnic Flaw 1984 2/2

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Thomas Sowell - An Epidemic of Irresponsibility

Dr. Sowell explains how blaming society is an attempt to relieve individuals of personal responsibility so they can be rescued by government.

Thomas Sowell and Roger Ailes

Roger Ailes interviews scholar Thomas Sowell. September 1995.

Thomas Sowell on Barack Obama - 2010-05-07

American economist, social commentator, and author Thomas Sowell shares his thoughts on the Obama administration and the threat of Iran's nuclear weapons. Video by Jonathan Khamis, Published on 2010-05-07

Discrimination and Disparities | Thomas Sowell | POLITICS | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Dr. Thomas Sowell (Economist and Author) about his new book “Discrimination & Disparities.” They dive into Dr. Sowell’s Marxist past, free speech on college campuses, the role of government, minimum wage laws, his experience as a black conservative, debunking systemic racism, and more.

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Thomas Sowell - Imperfections Of The Market

Thomas Sowell shares economic insights, comparing imperfections of the free market with imperfections in government, then suggests a fix for Obamacare.



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