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Pride in America: Thomas Sowell

Pride in America: Thomas Sowell

Brian Almon
June 1, 2023

Welcome to Pride in America Month, a celebration of the men and women who made our country great. Every day in the month of June and through Independence Day, we will be highlighting a figure who has demonstrated and defended American values. Consider it a healthy alternative to the Left's June celebration that has taken over the media and corporate America.

Our first featured individual is a favorite of our president, Wayne Hoffman, who even uses this person's picture as his avatar on Twitter

Thomas Sowell could have taken advantage of every excuse for failure. He was born into a poor family in the Jim Crow South. His father died before he was born. He grew up in a house with no running water. Despite qualifying for a prestigious high school after moving to Harlem, he had to drop out at age 17 due to financial difficulties.

Sowell worked odd jobs to support himself and his family before being drafted into the Marines during the Korean War. At this point, his story could be that of any poor young man in America, black or white. But he was not satisfied with a normal life. He finished high school, attended college, and won a scholarship to Harvard, where he graduated magna cum laude.

The journey of Thomas Sowell from the streets of Harlem to the halls of Harvard is a quintessential American success story, but he wasn’t done. He went on to become a prolific author and a respected economist, and his books and articles on politics, economics, and race relations established him as one of the most rational thinkers of the 20th century.

Perhaps his most lasting achievement will prove to be “Basic Economics” which was first published in 2000 and has been revised four times since. Despite being written for the average person, this book nevertheless shows a greater understanding of economic principles and human nature than any work since Adam Smith created the field in 1776.

Despite his amazing story — or perhaps because of it — Sowell is criticized and banned by leftists who consider him a sellout because he doesn't subscribe to their narrative that government solves everyone's problems, especially black Americans. If you'd like to understand more about Sowell, we'd highly recommend you read his books or just watch the documentary about his life and values. 

Thomas Sowell is proof that anyone with drive, determination, and a gift can succeed in America. If our public school system was honest, his life story would be required reading for all children. We are proud to celebrate the life and work of Thomas Sowell today.

Do you have a great American who deserves to be celebrated this month? Let us know!

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