By Richard Vedder
With the death in the last year of both Milton Friedman and Bill Buckley, I cannot think of anyone of a conservative/libertarian bent who writes as articulately and persuasively as Thomas Sowell of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Tom is a good friend and a great economist, but he also had a long interest in higher education. His book Inside Higher Education is an important critique of universities and what they do. In a new video series sponsored by the National Review, Sowell says universities are run by and for their employees more than for their students. See his video.
Tom also shows skepticism about the elite universities claiming great benefits for their students, and shows doubt about claims that students are paying only a modest portion of the educational costs. See his National Review analysis here.
Tom is one of those rare academics (including yours truly) who does not believe all the propaganda of the colleges at face value. I commend you to his new television presentations, just as I have to his many great books.