Thomas Sowell

“Ours may become the first civilization destroyed...by the ignorance of our teachers and the dangerous nonsense they are teaching our children”—Thomas Sowell

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, November 10, 2022

Thomas Sowell is one of the great social theorists of our age.   In a career spanning more than a half century, few scholars have matched his range and accessibility.   He has written more than thirty books, covering topics from economic history and social inequality to political philosophy and race.  

(Thomas Sowell pictured with his friend Milton Friedman)

Sowell’s bold and unsentimental assaults on liberal orthodoxy have endeared him to so many but enraged most of his fellow intellectuals and civil-rights establishment and many in the media.  As a result, critics with political correctness and wokeness have demeaned or ignored his important contributions.   Tonight, much of what we will be learning about Thomas Sowell comes from Jason Riley’s new book “Maverick.”

“Racism is not dead, but it is on life support—kept alive by politicians, race hustlers, and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as racists.”—Thomas Sowell

Tonight, you will learn about the life of the great economist Thomas Sowell, a student of Milton Friedman’s at the University of Chicago. Was Sowell’s teaching similar to Friedman’s or different?  Sowell talked frequently about higher education that often meant the lowering of expectations for blacks and minorities.  He challenged his students and rejected the idea that you help minority progress by holding them to lower standards.  Although 2/3 of his writing was on subjects other than race, he started weighing in on racial controversies out of frustration at the direction of public discussion.

Sowell, when discussing universities passing over White and Asian students for students that fit a specific skin color, Sowell said:, “What sort of grotesque situations have we talked ourselves into when a promised pre-med student is passed over in favor of a ‘high risk’ student?”  

Dan looks forward to discussing Thomas Sowell’s work through his own words and video and tonight his life will be presented in a way you may not know.    Dan will speak from 7:30-8:30 PM.

“If you believe in equal rights, then what do “women’s rights”, “gay rights”, etc. mean?   Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights for all”–Thomas Sowell.

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Hear from Dawson Smith on the Forest Hills Board of Education Election.

Dawson Smith will be presenting his personal observations and opinions on factors that
contributed to the successful election of four (4) conservative and Republican Party
endorsed candidates to the Forest Hills School District (FHSD) Board of Education
(BOE). The FHSD includes Anderson Township, and Newtown Village.

Dawson attributes this achievement to good and hard working BOE candidates; a
dedicated policy team; and superior ground game teams. All of whom worked
synergistically to help educate a significant number of FHSD citizens, parents, and
property tax paying voters to issues involving the outgoing and past BOE’s, and the top
level FHSD administration.   Dawson will speak from 7:10-7:30 PM.

Speaker Bio:

Dan Regenold: Dan first became active in Government in 2003 when he became involved fighting Eminent Domain and helping stop it in Evendale and in Norwood, Ohio. In 2006, he was one of the founders of WeDemandAVote.com which successfully fought and stopped, by ballot initiative, a sales tax increase in Hamilton County, Ohio. Later WeDemand stopped Red Light Cameras in Hamilton County.   

Regenold spoke at the CPAC Convention in 2008 to discuss major Grassroots initiative actions across the United States.   In 2009, Dan was unsuccessful in his efforts to bring accountability to the Federal Government’s finances with a citizen lead initiative WeDemandABalancedBudget.com.  In 2010 Regenold was one of three leaders of the initiative to End Ohio’s Estate Tax which happened in 2011. The Tax Foundation called the repeal of Ohio Estate Tax one of the most important Tax accomplishments of 2011. In 2011 Regenold founded EmpowerUAmerica.org (starting it’s 24th semester in Fall 2022), a Free University offered in the Greater Cincinnati area with the goal of “empowering” citizens. 

In 2014, Regenold was one of the leaders of the effort to separate Music Hall from a County Wide Sales Tax which helped the Museum Center renovation get passed by the voters of Hamilton County.   Dan has recently concentrated his efforts on the mess of Public Education in Ohio and specifically on topics like School Choice and Critical Race Theory.   Dan is a lover of Liberty and enjoys speaking to EmpowerU classes about subjects he is passionate about.  Recently he has discussed:  Milton Friedman, Saul Alinsky, Net Neutrality, D-Day, The Deficit, How to Destroy America in America, Public Education, Winston Churchill and President Theodore Roosevelt at EmpowerU Classes.   Regenold is founder and Chairman of FrameUSA.com, a Made-In-America picture frame manufacturing company in Springdale, Ohio.

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Dawson Smith is a 32-year resident of Anderson Township. Each of his two sons went through
FHSD elementary (Wilson), middle (Nagel), and high schools (Turpin). They continued
their academic education and graduated from the University of Utah (’12), and the US
Air Force Academy (’13) respectively. And presently have ongoing and successful
business and military careers.

Dawson Smith is an Anderson Township Republican Party Precinct Executive and Ward
Chairman. He is also a member of the Hamilton County Republican Party Executive
Committee, and was a recent reform minded candidate for the Ohio Senate District 7
Republican Party State Central Committee (SCC). Dawson won the SCC race in
eastern portion of Hamilton County (30% of the vote). However, he did not win in overall
Senate District 7. Which includes all of Warren County (70% of the vote). A Warren
County resident, and former 3 term OH State House Legislator, won the overall Senate 7
SCC race. Dawson’s main political work and focus is on “political operations”. Meaning the
recruiting, training, assisting, and holding Precinct Executives accountable for executing
the “ground game” tasks of helping Republican and conservative candidates get elected.

Dawson has attended Candidate and Campaign Management programs, conducted by
the Ohio State Republican Party, and several Political Action Committee groups. He has
also attended the regional US Constitution Boot Camp, and the on-line Hillsdale College
courses on the US Constitution, and other subjects.

He tries to stay current on political policy and topics via the Heritage Foundation; the
Hoover Institute; the Buckeye Institute; Empower University programs; the Ohio
Battleground Alliance; the NE Hamilton County, and Warren County Women’s Clubs;
and regular contact and communication with elected representatives, and fellow political
minded colleagues.

Prior to his retirement in 2016, Dawson earned and executed Senior Manager roles in a
world-class high tech medical device company (presently Terumo Blood and Cell
Technologies- Lakewood, CO). During his 40 years with the Company, he was a
recognized individual contributor, and leader of talented engineering, operations, and
marketing/sales colleagues and teams. Which helped the Company grow from zero
sales in 1982, to approximately one billion dollars in annual worldwide sales, and
industry leading market share, and profitability, by 2016.

Dawson also worked as an Industrial Engineer in the semiconductor industry (Motorola
Semiconductor- Phoenix, AZ). and, during the Vietnam and Cold War eras (LTV
Aerospace- Dallas, TX), and for the Top Secret US government contractor (Mason and
Hanger- Amarillo, TX). Which managed the final assembly, and maintenance of the US
arsenal of thermonuclear weapons.

Dawson earned BS (Texas- Arlington-’71) and MS (Arizona State-75) degrees in
Industrial Engineering, and an Executive MBA (Denver University-’81). He has earned
postgraduate management and leadership certificates from Company sponsored
Executive Programs at Northwestern University, and the Xavier University Business
Schools.

Dawson is an active member of Horizon Community Church in Newtown; continues his
53 years of dedicated and continuous multi-sport triathlon fitness training; and self
manages a portfolio of family investments.