Thomas Sowell

People who dread Christmas shopping and the hand-wringing over what present to buy for which person should consider giving books. No need to know what size to get, as with clothing, or what dietary restrictions the recipient might have, as with candy or fruit cake.

One of the biggest advantages of books is that you can buy them on line, without having to inspect the merchandise personally before buying, so you can avoid the mobs in the malls.

Among the new books this year, "Londonistan" by Melanie Phillips is an eye-opening account of how the British have so succumbed to political correctness as regards their Muslim minority that even incitements to murder by Muslim extremists go unpunished.

While the Brits have gone further down this road than Americans have, we are being led in the same direction by our academic and media elites. So "Send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee."

The British have also gone further down the road to letting criminals escape punishment for their crimes. Here again, their experience can be a valuable warning, since Britain has gone from being one of the most law-abiding nations on earth to having a crime rate higher than that in the United States.

How was this achieved? By carrying the left-wing view of criminal justice even further than it has been carried in the United States, along with a dogmatic refusal to face the hard facts about the growing evidence of what disasters their "progressive" ideas have created.

Ann Coulter's new book this year is titled "Godless." Like her other books, it is a gem -- witty and factual, amusing and incisive, logical and angry.

It ranges across a wide sweep of political issues but its unifying theme is that liberalism is a religion, Godless but faith-based, with its faith being in a social vision that is impervious to any facts to the contrary.

For the benefit of the rest of us, Ann Coulter supplies those facts -- and they are often devastating to the liberal faith, as her previous books have been.

For anyone who has a child who is planning to go to college, the most valuable book you can give them is the latest edition of a 900-page college guide titled "Choosing the Right College."

It tells you about the campus atmosphere at numerous colleges, including which colleges have a real curriculum and which ones allow students to graduate knowing nothing about history, science, math, economics, etc.

It also tells which colleges have a suffocating political correctness and which ones still allow a free marketplace for ideas without the threat of being zapped by speech codes.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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