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Thomas Sowell and Immigration

Posted By Don Boudreaux On July 20, 2013 @ 12:12 am In Immigration,Seen and Unseen | Comments Disabled

Thomas Sowell is among the scholars whose works I most admire.  His 1980 masterwork, Knowledge and Decisions [1], occupies a very special place on my bookshelves.  (And it has the best closing line of any book that I’ve ever read [2].  By far.)  I could list other of Sowell’s many books and countless articles that I believe are brilliant gems, but that list would make this post too long.

The scholars from whom I’ve learned as much as I have learned from Thomas Sowell are very few in number.

But on some issues I disagree with Sowell deeply.  I believe, for example, that he too-readily accepts pop-conservative criticisms of “judicial activism.”  Even more importantly, I disagree strongly with Sowell’s opposition to more open immigration.  Mysteriously – for, to me, it is exactly that: a deep mystery – Sowell musters only very weak economic and ethical arguments in opposition to more-open immigration.

My former student Alex Nowrasteh goes into more detail on Thomas Sowell and the immigration issue [3].

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[1] Knowledge and Decisions: http://www.amazon.com/Knowledge-Decisions-Thomas-Sowell/dp/0465037380/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1309311643&sr=1-1

[2] the best closing line of any book that I’ve ever read: http://cafehayek.com/2011/06/quotation-of-the-day-12.html

[3] My former student Alex Nowrasteh goes into more detail on Thomas Sowell and the immigration issue: http://www.cato.org/blog/thomas-sowell-economics-immigration

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