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Thomas Sowell is supposedly one of the rights' leading intellectuals, having attended Harvard, Columbia and U. of Chicago and then taught at Cornell, Rutgers, Amherst, Brandeis and UCLA.  Well, so is George Will.

But Sowell makes George Will look like Barney Frank.  Sowell's Christmas column in Town Hall is titled On Christmas: Liberals are by no means Liberal. (Link is to Town Hall so click at your own risk.)  So, Tom why aren't Liberals liberal?

The annual outbursts of intolerance toward any display of traditional Christmas scenes, or even daring to call a Christmas tree by its name, show that today's liberals are by no means liberal. Behind the mist of their lofty words, the totalitarian mindset shows through.
(h/t Tom Hilton at No More Mister Nice Blog.)

Yes.  The War on Christmas proves that we are really fascists.

As for the President:

If someone wrote a novel about a man who was raised from childhood to resent the successful and despise the basic values of America -- and who then went on to become President of the United States -- that novel would be considered too unbelievable, even for a work of fiction. Yet that is what has happened in real life.

.  .  .

After watching a documentary about the tragic story of Jonestown, I was struck by the utterly unthinking way that so many people put themselves completely at the mercy of a glib and warped man, who led them to degradation and destruction. And I could not help thinking of the parallel with the way we put a glib and warped man in the White House.

OK, let's sum up:
Liberals are fascists because they object to any display of xmas scenes (news to me, Tom)

President Obama "despises" the basic American values and is a "glib and warped man."

People who voted for President Obama are just like the followers of Jim Jones.

So there you have it.  Thomas Sowell settles down beside the fire on December 24, enveloped in the warmth of the Holiday (oops) Christmas season, and writes one of the most vile columns I've ever seen.

Joy to the World back at ya, Tom

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  •  A couple of guys in a sim I was once in (16+ / 0-)

    tried to get me to read Sowell's columns in hopes of turning me Republican.  I'm guessing it's because I'm black and Sowell's black as well.

    Well, if this is what passes for principled black conservatism, I'll pass.

    Romney-Ryan: America's Rollback Team

    by Christian Dem in NC on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 03:47:03 PM PST

    •  The best way not to turn someone to the GOP (7+ / 0-)

      is to have them read Sowell.

      (btw -- what's a sim?)

      The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

      by Upper West on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 03:51:23 PM PST

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      •  A political simulation n/t (3+ / 0-)
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        Romney-Ryan: America's Rollback Team

        by Christian Dem in NC on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 04:01:57 PM PST

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      •  Those who forget history are (2+ / 0-)
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        destined to repeat it.

        a glib and warped man, who led them to degradation and destruction.
        We know who the destroyers are and it's not the Democrats. Mountaintop Removal, Strip And Longwall Mining, Gas Fracking, An American Tragedy!

        This sowell guy is an idiot. He probably got his BA with the GI Bill, although he'll go along with his cronies and approve of benefit cuts for others.

        I think sowell drank too much of that electric kool-aid back in the sixties.

        Education is not always consistent with intelligence. Some people are just good at memorizing. It doesn't mean they understand what they read. Let us not forget timothy leary  was a well educated Harvard professor. And we all know how that worked out.

        hurricane sandy-flooding in Jersey City

        Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

        by rebel ga on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 05:44:26 PM PST

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        •  If you can find any way to say anything bad about (4+ / 0-)
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          Leary by contrasting him with Sowell it makes me wonder how much you've studied either of them. I mean, Sowell fills in on talk radio for many of the biggest names on the right and spends the whole time saying worse things than quoted here.

          There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

          by oldpotsmuggler on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 07:19:45 PM PST

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          •  I don't know sowell, but I know leary. (1+ / 0-)
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            He's the guy who told a generation of young people that a hard core drug like LSD was a good thing.

            I know, I was there. I never liked LSD tried it twice, swore I'd never do that again.

            Just saying, education does not equate intelligence.

            Like; "tune in, turn on, drop out", That wasn't very good advice.

            Guys like leary got famous and a lot of young people suffered!

            I know a girl who jumped out a third floor window onto cement while taking LSD. She was in a body cast for over a year. I don't know if she ever fully recovered.

            And guys like sowell get rich and famous selling us bull too. There's the comparison.

            Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

            by rebel ga on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 06:09:52 AM PST

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        •  I did hang out with Timothy Leary in the 80s. (1+ / 0-)
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          He was both very cool and a man on a mission.  For a while he was into computers.

          He ended up Timothy Leary, a great man.

          Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

          by Shockwave on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 10:58:39 PM PST

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  •  Utterly, vomitously, completely disgusting. n/t (4+ / 0-)
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    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 03:51:40 PM PST

  •  He is a complete nut. ntx. (3+ / 0-)
  •  It's amazing that so many (5+ / 0-)

    conservatives take Sowell seriously.

    The whole Nativity thing is so typical of his thinking:  If you object to my trying to force my religion on you, then you're totalitarian.

    He might as well say war is peace and peace is war.  And he doesn't even see how Orwellian he is.

    •  It's not entirely surprising (2+ / 0-)
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      After all, in the conservatives' world, if you say Happy Holidays, you're really a Communist.

      Romney-Ryan: America's Rollback Team

      by Christian Dem in NC on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 04:09:49 PM PST

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    •  Conservatives seem to be trapped in echo chamber. (1+ / 0-)
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      It makes me wonder if Sowell is smoking the same weed as Huckabee.

      •  All you need to know about "intellectuals" of (4+ / 0-)

        the right is that sources with credentials as disparate as Hannity & O'Reilly, Will, D'Sousza, and Sowell all spew EXACTLY the same crap.  Also, I have yet to see one of them EVER change his or her mind when one of their contentions is disconfirmed by reality -- e.g., history, research evidence, etc.  Maybe I missed one here or there; but, if there are any cases of a righty intellectual admitting that his righty ideology was fallacious, they're pretty rare on the ground.  This is something that Krugman is always complaining about -- the failure of righty economists to, as Brad Delong calls it, mark their beliefs to market.  

              Oh, wait.  That does remind me of two examples: Judge Richard Posner,  of law & economics fame, admitted in his books on the bubble and crash that maybe Keynesian economics did have something to say for itself in a recession with effectively negative interest rates.  But then he's a jurist with some evident integrity who's been trained to have at least some respect for facts.  Then there was Alan Greenspan, who admitted after the crash that he was shocked, shocked that the derivatives market didn't turn out to be totally self-regulating because many people manipulated it dishonestly.  At the same time he also said that he had recently been disappointed to find out that the Tooth Fairy doesn't actually exist,  although he was still holding out hope that Santa Claus was real.  

        •  Oh those "leading intellectuals" of the right are (2+ / 0-)
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          purple cows to me
          You know the famous poem

          I never saw a Purple Cow,
          I never hope to see one,
          But I can tell you, anyhow,
          I'd rather see than be one!
          and so it is.
          We don't have to live inside their withered little hearts or minds or souls, don't have to see their faces when we look in the mirror

          Gee, hope that isn't rude or anything.

  •  I like kool-aid. Too soon? nt (2+ / 0-)
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    A new birth of freedom..

    by docterry on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 04:10:15 PM PST

  •  This could actually apply to another President (3+ / 0-)
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    After watching a documentary about the tragic story of Jonestown, I was struck by the utterly unthinking way that so many people put themselves completely at the mercy of a glib and warped man, who led them to degradation and destruction. And I could not help thinking of the parallel with the way we put a glib and warped man in the White House.
    Methinks this quote is actually appropriate - at least to the man that preceded Barack Obama to the White House.
    •  But the preceding graf is all Nixon (2+ / 0-)
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      If someone wrote a novel about a man who was raised from childhood to resent the successful and despise the basic values of America -- and who then went on to become President of the United States -- that novel would be considered too unbelievable, even for a work of fiction. Yet that is what has happened in real life.
      The novel is Robert Coover, "The Public Burning".

      What did you do in the class war, Daddy?

      by Yastreblyansky on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 04:54:14 PM PST

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      •  Yes, and (0+ / 0-)

        Aside from the surface offensiveness of this statement, I'm deeply offended by its triteness -- especially coming from a supposed intellectual.  Doesn't Thomas know that it's practically de rigueur for one political party to call the other's president an offense to the basic values of America?  From Jefferson, to Jackson, and Lincoln, of course.  FDR despised America's basic values, of course, as did LBJ.

        I'd say Barack Obama is in pretty good company.

        A 47% return on investment--that's pretty doggoned good!

        by deminva on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 03:33:19 AM PST

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    •  Sowell is laughing all the way to the bank (3+ / 0-)

      His columns are absolute junk; the man has never written anything that anyone will ever remember or care about, and while he uses real nouns and verbs he is only able to produce lies with them. If he had a blog no one would ever bother to read it, even if it was on Red State.

      I used to think that this man having a nationally syndicated column was a disgrace until I came to understand that he is merely typical of today's formulaic, partisan  dishonesty that is the currency of the republican party and its supporters, including the media. Sowell is a liar, he knows he is lying, and knows he gets paid because he is african-american and a liar for his moneyed benefactors. He doesn't care. But even compared to the other republican liars his writing is far, far and away the most awful.

      •  Without manufactured "legitimacy" for the likes (1+ / 0-)
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        of Sowell, how would there ever be anyone to "add balance by persenting the other side". I mean there are worse things in media than having a guy available on the right who is black, and makes complete paragraphs that include sentences of correctly used big words. Even mere literacy is simply not that abundant on the right, let alone coherency.

        There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

        by oldpotsmuggler on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 07:28:04 PM PST

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    •  Not so glib, but otherwise accurate n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  Sowell: a bitter, twisted soul (2+ / 0-)
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    I had to stop reading him years ago. Every column was very like the one before. Unrelentingly negative, bitter, condescending, and almost always IMO wrong. How ironic that, just like his nemesis Marx, his analysis can be so good but his conclusions harsh, pitiless, and out in the ozone.

    YES WE DID -- AGAIN. FOUR MORE YEARS.

    by raincrow on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 04:49:49 PM PST

  •  Once upon a time (5+ / 0-)

    Public opinion, and our news media, condemned the John Birch Society for calling President Eisenhower a knowing and conscious agent of the international Communist Conspiracy.  Once upon a time, public opinion and our news media condemned Joe McCarthy for calling Secretary of State Acheson "The Red Dean of the Kollege of Kowardly Kontainment" and for calling George Marshall, Army Chief of Staff in World War II and then Secretaries of State and Defense, a card carrying Communist.  That was then, today, to quote Simon and Garfunkle, there is only "The Sound of Silence."

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 05:25:49 PM PST

    •  It took quite a while for McCarthy to be (1+ / 0-)
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      reined in.  Back then, just as now, most of the mainstream media was perfectly fine with his and HUAC's maniacal Red-baiting.  Hell, look at the blacklisting by purportedly liberal Hollywood.  

      •  Republicans of all stripes found McCarthy useful (0+ / 0-)

        until he began investigating the army. Then Eisenhower (a Republican President) worked behind the scenes to have him censured by the Senate. I'll always be grateful to Ike for that. The Democrats couldn't have done it alone.

        "Mistress of the Topaz" is now available in paperback! Link here: http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/single.php?ISBN=1-55404-900-8

        by Kimball Cross on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 03:53:25 PM PST

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  •  Thomas Sowell... (2+ / 0-)
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    what conservatives think a smart conservative sounds like.  This man is sound, fury and an impressive resume (See: Newton Leroy Gingrich) Unfortunately, his arguments fall away with the least bit of scrutiny.

    Oh yeah, and he's a black conservative.  So that means he gets pushed to the front and paid well whilst there is a black president.

    "We will never have the elite, smart people on our side."~Little Ricky Santorum

    by Dahankster on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 06:00:24 PM PST

  •  Amazing to think that someone as "educated", (2+ / 0-)
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    as Sowell could be so dumb.  It boggles the mind doesn't it?

  •  A textbook definition of a feckin eejit. (2+ / 0-)
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    Who bravely hides his email address.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 06:05:51 PM PST

  •  I'm sure that I've been listening to Sowell on (1+ / 0-)
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    talk radio for at least 10 years, and I'm still hoping to hear him say something insightful at least once.

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 07:31:09 PM PST

  •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

    I men him back in 1980 when I was working at the CATO Institute back when it was in San Francisco and I was a LOT more naive than I am today.

    If you think his writing is insufferable, you should spend 30 minutes with him in person.

    Sadly, everything Communism said about itself was a lie. Even more sadly,, everything Communism said about Capitalism was the truth.

    by GayIthacan on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 11:32:44 PM PST

  •  Will Lie For Food (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, Sowell, like many of his ilk, is happy to spout conservative jibberish in exchange for a paycheck.  Mercenaries like him don't frighten me.  It's the true believers who aren't doing it for pay that we need to worry about.

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