Thomas Sowell, born 1930, is a Milton and Rose Friedman Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is a libertarian in the tradition of the Chicago School. Significant works include "A Conflict of Vision: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles" (1987), which spoke of the "constrained vision" and "unconstrained vision" of politics; and "The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy" (1995).
Reception of Sowell's Work
Austrian critics have sometimes given Sowell's work qualified praise. Even though as a Chicago economist there are points of contention between Sowell and Austrian economists.
In one book review, David Gordon speaks of Sowell as an "excellent economist," but as less reliable in philosophy. Gordon does, however, suggest that Sowell "has a genius for the striking fact and the apt analogy." Eric M. Staib expresses his respect for Sowell as an "oft-cited advocate of the economics of liberty," although he disagrees with Sowell's views on the housing boom in the USA.
Sowell's Self-Perception and Reflexivity
An article on Sowell's website, "Some Thoughts About Writing," provides humorous insights into Sowell's writing attitude and ethos.
Sowell, Thomas (1987). A Conflict of Vision: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles. New York: Quill.
Sowell, Thomas (1995). The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy.New York: Basic Books.
Sowell, Thomas (2001). Some Thoughts About Writing. http://www.tsowell.com/About_Writing.html