My Thomas Sowell Story

Here is my Thomas Sowell story. I tell it on the occasion of his 90th birthday. When he sent me his initial contribution to this book which I edited,

Sowell, Thomas. 1982. “Weber and Bakke and the presuppositions of ‘Affirmative Action,'” Discrimination, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, Walter E. Block and Michael Walker, eds., Vancouver: The Fraser Institute, pp. 37-63;

he coupled it with a threat that if I changed one word of what he wrote, he’d pull his essay out of this book. (Evidently, he’d had bad experiences with editors changing the meaning of what he wrote, and didn’t realize I was an enthusiastic supporter of his and would never do anything like that even if this were not the case.) In the event, I found about a half dozen typographical errors in what he sent me (I expect what he sent me was a first draft of his). I wrote him saying my alterations would be limited to addressing these infelicities, and he approved.

Walter E. Block, Ph.D.


10:50 am on July 21, 2020