On Line Reviews by Mike Ramey

 

“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth.  When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.”

  • Thomas Sowell, Author

“The Thomas Sowell Reader”

 

     He is possibly one of the most down-to-earth economists that may not be known among some of the younger generation.  Nevertheless, if one is truly interested in business, entrepreneurship, urban history, charter schools, or plain old common-sense his name will surface quickly:  Dr. Thomas Sowell.

 

     While Sowell retired his syndicated column through Creators Syndicate in 2016, his book “The Thomas Sowell Reader” (2011, 449 pages, Basic Books) serves as a great way to introduce him to the next two generations and shore them up with wisdom from the past and the present.

 

“People who pride themselves on their “complexity” and deride others for being “simplistic” should realize that the truth is often not very complicated.  What gets complicated is evading the truth.”

--Dr. Thomas Sowell, Author

“The Thomas Sowell Reader”

 

     “The Thomas Sowell Reader” is composed of eight sections, loaded with past columns and commentary.  Sections include: “Race and Ethnicity”, “Economics”, and his most popular musings are contained in “Random Thoughts”.  This is not a book designed to be finished in a weekend…but is a powerful reference weapon of common-sense thought development.  It is a work that will prove solid food for young people who want to understand how things truly work in our modern age.  Armed with such information, our youth—IF they heed Sowell’s words—will be well on their way to upright and contributing adulthood with a balanced education.

 

“I am so old that I can remember when other people’s achievements were considered to be an inspiration, rather than a grievance.

--Dr. Thomas Sowell, Author

“The Thomas Sowell Reader”

 

     “The Thomas Sowell Reader” may be found on line through your favorite electronic bookseller.  It would make a wonderful gift for the high school or college student as they get ready to head out into our modern society.

 

     Mike Ramey is a Minister, syndicated columnist, book reviewer and consultant.  “On Line Reviews” is one of a variety of regular column titles which Ramey has in cyberspace from Barnstorm Communications International.  If you care to drop him a line, or a whine, feel free to reach him at manhoodline@yahoo.com. ©2021 Barnstorm Communications International.

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Ramey is married and resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a Christian, an Ordained Minister and KJV Bible Teacher. Since the 1980s, Ramey has won--or helped to win--multiple journalism awards and citations (including 3 CASPER awards). He holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986) presented by the late Mayor William H. Hudnut III, and an award as ‘Best New Internet Writer’ (2003) “Black Men In America.com” from Mr. Gary Johnson, Publisher.

His career also includes serving as an award-winning broadcast reporter, producer and TV/Radio talk show host in the Indianapolis market since 1981. In addition, Ramey has served as staff writer and section editor for The Indianapolis Recorder, and a freelancer for The Indiana Herald. Ramey has also served as a guest Op-Ed writer for The Indianapolis News, a staff writer for The Indianapolis Star, and a freelancer for BOTH The Associated Press and USA Today Newspaper (Gannett).

In business as an Anti-Gang Specialist & Consultant since 2007, Ramey is the Modern Street Gangs Specialist of “The Gang Line”. He has been interviewed in the U.S. and abroad on the dangers of Modern Street Gangs. Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gang Specialist, with Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010) and Gangs & Cults (2017) certifications, plus endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues (2010) and Transnational Gang Tactics (2010). He has held workshops, trainings and consultations with and for street-level/school-based personnel. He carries Specialist ratings in the area of Cult/Occult Crime, Transnational Human Trafficking and has served as a national/transnational consultant to various faith-based anti-gang ministries.

Ramey has also served as a veteran substitute licensed teacher (1986-2011), a college instructor, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based 2001-2007) with the Marion County Juvenile Court and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs for the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed and taught the course UM-190 “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies” in 2009 and 2010 at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana for those who desired to serve Jesus Christ in an Urban Ministry environment. Ramey also served as a post-production consultant for Chick Publications’ anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It had a 2013 national release, with an international Spanish-language version released in 2014.

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