THOMAS SOWELL, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and one of America's most important public intellectuals, retired from column-writing at the end of 2016. Here are snips from his last piece, "Random Thoughts, Looking Back: Avoiding the fatal mistake of disregarding the record of the past," nationalreview.com, December 27, 2016.
Not everything about the past was admirable. Poet W.H. Auden . . .