With the retirement of Thomas Sowell, Anthony Bradley expresses concern over “the end of black conservatism.” He does not see another generation of conservative Black thinkers who will be able to follow the generation of Sowell, Walter Williams, Shelby Steele, and other great voices.
Frankly, what Bradley articulates is not simply a problem for Black conservatism. It is a problem for conservatism in general. During the past decade we’ve lost such luminaries as William F. Buckley, Jr., and Richard John Neuhaus. As their generation vanishes, we have fewer and fewer thinkers and writers of a similar stature.