Thirty-eight years ago, Reason contributor Thomas Hazlett and Senior Editor Manny Klausner sat down with University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) economist and social scientist Thomas Sowell for a sprawling interview about race, gender, poverty, economics, and what he viewed as the government’s many failed and misguided attempts to lift up poor minorities. Sowell talked about his history as a Marxist, his frustrations with working in government, and why he rejects the label “libertarian,” preferring instead to describe himself as “a person who dissents from the current liberal orthodoxy.

That interview occurred not long after the publication of one of Sowell’s most influential and widely read books, Knowledge and Decisions, which resulted in The New York Times labeling him “America’s most distinguished black social scientist.”

In the years since, his fame and influence have only expanded. He has written dozens of books, including the much-lauded Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy; served as a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution; and been presented with the Francis Boyer Award by the American Enterprise Institute, the Sydney Hook Award by the National Association of Scholars, and, in 2002, the National Humanities Award for his work in economics and political science. He remains one of America’s most distinguished social scientists, period.

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Thomas Sowell Memes Collection:

“The first lesson of economics is scarcity:  

There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it.  

The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.”  ~Thomas Sowell

People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.” ~Thomas Sowell

“The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is,

ask how many conservatives there are in their sociology department.” ~Thomas Sowell

“Too much of what is called ‘education’ is little more than an expensive isolation from reality.  ~Thomas Sowell

“The welfare state is the oldest con game in the world.  First you take people’s money away quietly

and then you give some of it back to them flamboyantly.”  ~Thomas Sowell

“One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.”  ~Thomas Sowell

“I have never understood why it is ‘greed’ to want to keep the money you’ve earned, but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.”  ~Thomas Sowell