Sow­ell an­nounces re­tire­ment af­ter decades as colum­nist

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Jes­sica Chas­mar

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.

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