Thomas Sowell turns 90 today. I most sincerely wish him Many Happy Returns. I summarized our relationship when he stopped writing his column in VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow: My Role In Thomas Sowell's Brilliant Career; below we list more of my own and VDARE.com’s coverage of him.
Sowell is also mentioned in my Time To Rethink Immigration, first published in National Review, June 22, 1992; and in For Whom the Bell Tolls, my October 24, 1994 Forbes Magazine article on The Bell Curve (originally slated to be a cover story but Steve Forbes wimped out).
And this is the epigraph to the "Immigration Has Consequences: Cultural, Social, Environmental..." chapter of my 1995 book Alien Nation: Common Sense About America's Immigration Disaster (still available in Kindle!):
The most obvious fact about the history of racial and ethnic groups is how different they have been — and still are…
Human differences are often assumed away in social theories...But this fashionable view of society ignores the fact that groups may carry their own messages with them from country to country — a very different message from those who live cheek-by-jowl with them in the same society and sit next to them in the same school rooms or on the same factory assembly line.
— THOMAS SOWELL,
The Economics and Politics of Race: An International Perspective
See also Alien Nation Review: Lofty Rhetoric Or Hard Facts? by Thomas Sowell, May 18, 1995
Elsewhere on VDARE.com: