Sowell announces retirement after decades as columnist
Hoover Institution senior fellow and prominent libertarian conservative philosopher Thomas Sowell announced his retirement in a final column Tuesday morning.
“Even the best things come to an end. After enjoying a quarter of a century of writing this column for Creators Syndicate, I have decided to stop,” the 86-year-old wrote in his column titled, “Farewell.”
Mr. Sowell said he made the decision to retire from writing and focus more on his photography after taking a much-needed hiatus from politics.
“During a stay in Yosemite National Park last May, taking photos with a couple of my buddies, there were four consecutive days without seeing a newspaper or a television news program — and it felt wonderful,” he wrote. “With the political news being so awful this year, it felt especially wonderful.
Mr. Sowell was born in North Carolina in 1930 and grew up in Harlem, New York. He was drafted into the military in 1951 during the Korean War and served as a Marine Corps photographer. He later attended Howard University and then Harvard, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1958. He went on to receive his master’s degree in economics from Columbia University and a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Sowell spoke of the advancements in technology, medicine and civil rights that he’s seen over the course of his lifetime, but he also lamented the “serious retrogressions over the years” that he’s witnessed in politics and inner cities.