By Nathan Barton
Thomas Sowell, a libertarian (if not fully free-market anarchist) today announced his retirement from writing political commentary after 25 years. He is 86, and it is very much understandable, if disappointing, to those who (like myself) have learned and been encouraged to think and explore and stand up for liberty by his writings and his example. He is one of a unique group of thinkers and writers, and his presence will very much be missed. He is labeled by most as a “Conservative,” but I have found his writings to be far more that of a lover of liberty than a political conservative. Like many of us, he has moved more to the top of the Nolan chart as he matured.
As example of Dr. Sowell’s wisdom can be seen in another of his last columns and the points he makes about how the world has deteriorated in the eight-plus decades of his life: deterioration a direct result of government.
Mama’s Note: Make that non-voluntary government.
It is good that he will have time to enjoy his family and his hobbies. And it is good that people don’t all have to die in harness.
I don’t fully agree with everything that he has written and said, but that is true of any writer, commentator, editor, or publisher I know. But we would be a whole lot better off if even a significant minority of those involved in reporting, commenting, and the periphery of politics thought more like Thomas Sowell.
But his wit and brains and keen analysis will be missed very much. There are many people who will take up the challenge and rise to take his place, but they will not be Dr. Sowell.
My best wishes to him and his family in his retirement.