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Random Thoughts, Looking Back
Townhall, by Thomas Sowell

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Posted By:Calvinesq, 12/27/2016 9:21:52 AM

Any honest man, looking back on a very long life, must admit -- even if only to himself -- being a relic of a bygone era. Having lived long enough to have seen both "the greatest generation" that fought World War II and the gratingest generation that we see all around us today, makes being a relic of the past more of a boast than an admission. Not everything in the past was admirable. Poet W.H. Auden called the 1930s "a low dishonest decade." So were the 1960s, which launched many of the trends we are experiencing so painfully today.

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Dr. sowell´s penultimate column, I believe. His "Farewell" column was posted yesterday. This one has rich thoughts, such as this: "In an age of artificial intelligence, too many of our schools and colleges are producing artificial stupidity, among both blacks and whites."

That is rich. Godspeed Dr. Sowell, we will miss you!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: belwhatter, 12/27/2016 10:21:49 AM     (No. 11083816)

Dr. Sowell´s voice of reason has been much appreciated. He has been an exemplary stand out for truth in a profession that did once upon a time stand for truth, but has become far from reliable on that score. The good doctor leaves big boots, can they be filled?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jj1319, 12/27/2016 11:15:17 AM     (No. 11083919)

Another phrase, long forgotten: "You ought to be ashamed of yourself."

Enjoy retirement, sir.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: swarfer, 12/27/2016 11:25:55 AM     (No. 11083932)

I was heartened to read Mr. Sowell’s last column. His references to Churchill’s “The Gathering Storm” and Gibbon’s “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” were exquisite and certainly on my reading list. His point on youth is unfortunately correct. They are careening through trivial cultural episodes, relationships, ideologies and are indifferent to the past and all that has been learned for their benefit. Perhaps another observation is that they are spoiled into believing they are more important than anyone who came before. As always a pleasure to read Mr. Sowell as he encourages and stimulates my thinking. Farewell.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mickturn, 12/27/2016 11:40:33 AM     (No. 11083952)

Relic is in the mind of the beholder. Back when things were fair, honest etc. is no comparison to the despair and despotism today.

Hang on to REAL values, they are timeless!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dvc, 12/27/2016 11:45:54 AM     (No. 11083964)

Another excellent piece, and the great thinker goes off to his retirement, which he richly deserves.
I will miss learning things from him.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ida lou pino, 12/27/2016 11:54:27 AM     (No. 11083973)

I fell in love with Dr. Sowell´s ideas back in the 1960´s when I was an economics student - -

- - and I haven´t stopped loving them since.

All I can say now is: CENT´ANNI !!!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: zoidberg, 12/27/2016 12:18:04 PM     (No. 11084005)

I have one quibble with Dr. Sowell´s excellent piece:

"In an age of artificial intelligence, too many of our schools and colleges are producing artificial stupidity, among both blacks and whites."

Unfortunately, the stupidity is not artificial.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Vaquero45, 12/27/2016 2:57:51 PM     (No. 11084193)

One of the great minds of the 20th and 21st centuries. His musings will be missed.

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