Thomas Sowell in profile

I’ve been reading Thomas Sowell with grateful admiration for the past 30 years. I don’t there’s an American whose service to freedom outside the armed forces makes him more deserving of a Presidential Medal of Freedom than Dr. Sowell. Dr. Sowell last appeared here via Jay Nordlinger’s quotation of him in one of his NRO Impromptus column: “A nightmare for the 2008 presidential election: Hillary Clinton versus John McCain. I wouldn’t know whether to vote Libertarian or move to Australia.” In today’s Wall Street Journal, Jason Riley has an interesting account of his recent conversation with Dr. Sowell: “Classy economist.”

Also deserving of a Presidential Medal of Freedom is the man who singlehandedly restored our understanding of the thought of Abraham Lincoln, Claremont Institute Senior Fellow Harry V. Jaffa. As Allen Guelzo observed in the bibliographic essay that concludes Redeemer President, Jaffa’s Crisis of the House Divided is “incontestably the greatest Lincoln book of the [twentieth] century.”


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