Conservative icon Thomas Sowell takes an early retirement

While the deaths of celebrities who have spent their careers engaging in risky behaviors that shortened their lives make headlines, conservatives mourn the passing of a remarkable assemblage of wisdom.

Though Thomas Sowell, at age 86, has more years behind him than ahead, he is — judging by his commentaries — still mentally fit, and hopefully, healthy.   

But with his announcement of retirement in this final column simply titled “Farewell, a bright light has dimmed. Dr. Sowell was a high school dropout who left due to his family’s financial hardships and despite being accepted into the gifted program in a prestigious school. Born in North Carolina, he grew up impoverished in Harlem, NYC. working at menial jobs and then was drafted into the U.S. Marines Corps during the Korean War.

He later attended high school at night in order to get his diploma. Sowell graduated from Harvard Law School but still could not be contained, ultimately earning his Masters Degree at Columbia University and a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Chicago — packing several lifetimes into his nearly nine decades. He has been on the faculties of numerous prominent universities.

Dr. Sowell epitomizes brilliance.

If we had our druthers, he’d reconsider this rash decision to retire, as he opts instead to devote more time to his hobby of photography. Yes, he has carved out time for a hobby! Check his artistic side out here

Seeing Red AZ has frequently posted his columns under the heading, “Weekend Reading Guaranteed to Make You Smarter.”

Here is a partially archived listing of his prolific nationally syndicated columns on a wide variety of topics courtesy of Creators Syndicate. 

It’s impossible not to learn something from reading any one of them. Then begin on his books


7 Responses to Conservative icon Thomas Sowell takes an early retirement

  1. Hometown Guy says:

    Thomas Sowell was so brilliant that the nitwits at the Arizona Republic no longer subscribed to his columns. His views didn’t fit the newspaper’s poor me diversity agenda, even though Sowell’s life experiences are what brought him to conservatism.

  2. Kathy says:

    Thomas Sowell a brilliant man!!!!! I loved reading his articles over the years and listening to him as a rare occasional guest host on Rush – gaining knowledge as well. Obama and many, many others could never hold a candle to Mr. Sowell’s integrity and brillance. God Bless you Mr. Sowell – enjoy your retirement, photography and all of your other passions!!!

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  4. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Thomas Sowell is a true American icon. I’ve never heard Obama mention him though.
    The photography above is beautiful. This man has many talents.

    11 Thomas Sowell truth bombs that will drive your liberal friends crazy

  5. Marianne says:

    I will miss Thomas Sowell. Although we never met, He’s had a very positive impact on my life. I have several of his books and loved his columns.

  6. Vince says:

    I’ve had similar thoughts when the celebs who use illicit drugs and engage in random sex acts with strangers as George Michael acknowledged he did, get slavish coverage from the adoring media. The list continually broadens from pedophile Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Robin Williams, John Belushi, Chris Farley, Whitney Houston, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Prince to Carrie Fisher who had a longstanding drug problem. These are just a few that immediately come to mind. They have fame and money, but the strange lure of risky lifestyles cuts their lives short.

    They undeservedly get the spotlight, but Dr. Sowell has changed hearts and minds over the decades by his sheer brilliance. My liberal brother-in-law called me after reading Sowell’s “Barbarians Inside the Gates and Other Controversial Essays,” which I bought him as a birthday gift against my wife’s (his sister) advice. I was prepared for the worst, but he repeatedly thanked me.

    He actually told me it impacted him greatly. This was at least a dozen years ago. He’s been a registered Republican for several years and voted for Donald Trump.

  7. VINOAZ says:

    The one column I faithfully read. The simplicity of his brilliance is amazing. If anyone deserves a Freedom Medal it is Dr. Sowell. Walter Williams hosting and Thomas Sowell guesting on Rush’s show was pure heaven! True American gems.