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Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2003

    Why liberals and conservatives talk past each other

    If you have ever wondered why political arguments never get anywhere, this is your book. Dr. Sowell has a keen insight into the contrasted visions. The fact that he does not refer to them as liberal and conservative makes it even more interesting. The previous review sounded very petty and did not help identify the great qualities of this book. Read this book and expect to get some real insight into the political philosophies that have never been so thoughtfully outlined as far as I can tell. It avoids the polical sniping that is all too common in pigeon holed conservative and liberal books.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2006

    This is his favorite book and mine too!

    I just asked Mr Sowell, a nice man by the way, about which of his books is the one he is most proud of... and this is the one! This is no review, but what I said may help those out there get to know the author a little bit... Anyways... if you want to see his website, it is tsowell dot com...

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2004

    An Excellent Read for All

    Being a college student, and one who is quite politically minded, I found Sowell's 'A Conflict of Visions' to be a very interesting read. He explains well why those with either an unconstrained (liberals) or constrained (conservatives) vision continuously end up with opposite viewpoints. There are many and deep reasons as to why this is so - all of which are explained by Sowell. If you consider yourself middle-of-the-road when it comes to politics, this book would definately help you figure out where you stand from a philosophical standpoint. In addition, it is an interesting and informative read for all! (Disregard that horribly uninformative review by Mr. Allen - he sounds a little to PC for Mr. Sowell)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2002

    A Conflict of Wasted Time

    After having to read this for a politics and government class and discussing my feelings towards the book with my professor, I feel justified in saying this book did nothing more than make me respect older dichotemies in political thought. The first thing that needs to be stated is that Sowell's book does not take in to account criticisms of the language at all. You will more likely find Sowell using a quotation with a gender-neutral term for humanity than use one himself. For example, the first paragraph on page 220 uses 8 nouns and gendered pronouns for humanity (ie. man, mankind, he, his, etc). His writing style more accurately reflects the early 1900's than it does 1988. Though this ought not be a barrier to reading a well written book, the repitition becomes oppressive to the reader. The true analysis of the book is fundamentally flawed. Sowell creates a split in 'visions' and claims that most politics falls on either side into one or two visions, but he acknowledges that there are exceptions. The two exceptions that he acknowledges are marxism and utilitarianism. The few among many that he fails to come to grips with are party coalitions (such as the current GOP coalition, or the former democratic coalitions that are clearly hybrid by supporting an unconstrained view in one area [economics in case of the gop or social affairs for the democrats] and constrained in another [vice versa respectively]), and foreign policy matters are excluded as well (hawk v. dove, globalist v. isolationist, unilateral v. multilateral). This dichotemy excludes such a large portion of the potential political spectrum that it loses basis with reality and therefore becomes a useless tool to understand political frameworks.

    1 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2001

    A Great Book

    This is a really good book. It's funny reading the reviews by the liberal magazines and such. They don't know how to defend liberalism, but then it's not easy is it. They must get quite mad reading books like these, and when they need to write a review, they don't know what to say, so they make up a bunch of baloney. They distort the message that the author was conveying, and attack that, instead of the true message. Sowell does not exagerate when he talks about the absurdities of liberalism, American, Russian communism, or whatever. Remember all the liberals who wanted even more regulation of the power companies when the problems arose because of regulation in the first place. Sowell's book uncovers the lies and propaganda of socialism, and you liberals just can't handle it.

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