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Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell (June 30, 1930) is an American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author. He is currently a Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University from 1980. He is one of the leading proponents of the Chicago school of economics. His work ranges from trilogy books to columns and articles. He is especially noted for his 2004 study on affirmative action around the world.

Fun Fact: Sowell stated that he was a Marxist during his 20s, and then later rejected Marxian economics in favor of free market economic theory after having interned for the federal government. 

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For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups--but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this shift has benefited out social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
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