I first became acquainted with Thomas Sowell back in college when his 1985 book Marxism was on a reading list. (Note for our younger readers: prior to about 1993, Conservatives were still allowed to teach in universities). For those who haven't read it, it is a great primer on understanding the ideological roots of the scum currently leading the coup against President Trump.
Thomas Sowell speaks from experience with Marxists. He was born during the Great Depression into a very poor family and grew up in Harlem. His grades were good enough that he won a scholarship to a prestigious high school, but was forced to drop out to support his family. In 1951, he joined the US Marine Corps---at a time when the USMC still had some standards---and served in Korea as a combat photographer. The GI Bill enabled him to go to Howard University then onto Harvard and a Master's Degree at Columbia.
It was inevitable that an intelligent young Black man even in those days would be recruited by the Reds in that academic environment. Sowell became a Marxist, and after graduating from Columbia was hired into the Federal bureaucracy and sent to Puerto Rico in 1960 as a Social Worker. Witnessing firsthand the corruption and inefficiency of the Welfare system, the scales fell from his eyes and he enrolled in the University of Chicago---which then had a faculty of such luminaries as Milton Friedman and George Stigler---where he earned his doctorate and became a leading Conservative economist in his own right.
In 2016, Sowell was a supporter of Senator Ted Cruz but became impressed with Trump's accomplishments and has often written articles in defense of Trump policies. Coinciding with his 90th birthday, the tireless scholar announced that his latest monograph, Charter Schools and Their Enemies is completed and will be available on July 14th.
Dr. Sowell was one of the first---in fact, one of the only---leading Conservatives who saw the dangerous direction our public schools were taking back in the 90s and predicted that failure to act then would lead to terrible consequences today. I supported his efforts wholeheartedly back then and worked for educational alternatives. Unfortunately, as we've seen, nobody paid any attention to either of us. I can't help but wonder if Conservative parents from back then think now that athletic championships and their kids winning the Paper Chase was worth the sacrifice of seeing youth warped by the school systems torching neighborhoods and rallying with the Reds.
And we're seeing these consequences getting played out. Instead of men like Sowell inspiring the Black youth, we get thugs like Rayshard Brooks and George Floyd puffed off on the ignoramuses by White Liberal Media as heroic martyrs before whose images we've seen even stupider Whites bowing and kneeling. What an utter disgrace. But that's where dumbed-down and politically-corrected schools have led us; and now turning around is going to be a lot harder than it would have been to have taken a stand in the first place.
So if you're grocery-shopping today, treat yourself to some cake in Thomas Sowell's honor. And let's all pray that he'll be around for another 90 years because I've a feeling we're all really going to need him.