The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation As a Basis for Social Policy

The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation As a Basis for Social Policy

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by Thomas Sowell
     
 

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In this devastating critique of the mindset behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years, Thomas Sowell sees what has happened not as a series of isolated mistakes, but as a logical consequence of a vision whose defects have led to disasters in education, crime, family disintegration, and more. This is an empirical study in which "politically correct"

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In this devastating critique of the mindset behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years, Thomas Sowell sees what has happened not as a series of isolated mistakes, but as a logical consequence of a vision whose defects have led to disasters in education, crime, family disintegration, and more. This is an empirical study in which "politically correct" theory is repeatedly confronted with facts, and the sharp contradictions between the two are explained in terms of a set of self-congratulatory assumptions held by political and intellectual elites. These elites—the anointed—often consider themselves "thinking people", but this thinking is actually rhetorical assertion, followed by evasions of mounting evidence against these assertions. The vision of the anointed is seen not merely as a failure but as a fatal danger to the values and the future of American society.

Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal
As compelling an explanation as any for the seemingly disproportionate amount of condescension and politically correct invective that emanates from the liberal side of the political spectrum toward the conservative opposition.
New York Times Book Review
An important and incisive book.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this broadside against the received wisdom of America's elite liberal intelligentsia, noted conservative Sowell, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, offers some strenuous arguments as well as fuzzy generalizations. Thus, his attacks on the war on poverty, sex education and criminal justice policies forged in the 1960s counter some slippery rhetoric by their defenders, yet his suggestion that these policies exacerbated things is questionable. Sowell deconstructs how statistics can be distorted to prove assumptions (that lack of prenatal care is the cause of black infant mortality) and gleefully skewers ``Teflon prophets'' such as John Kenneth Galbraith (who said that big companies are immune from the market) and Paul Ehrlich (who said starvation loomed). While ``the anointed'' favor explanations that exempt individuals from personal responsibility and seek painless solutions, those with the ``tragic vision'' see policies as trade-offs. Sowell scores his targets for disdaining their opponents, but this book also invokes caricature-these days, many of ``the anointed'' are less unreconstructed than he assumes. Conservative Book Club and Laissez-Faire Book Club selections. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441756640
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
09/15/2010
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
9
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Sowell has taught economics at a number of colleges and universities, including Cornell, University of California Los Angeles, and Amherst. He has published both scholarly and popular articles and books on economics, and is currently a scholar in residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

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Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation As a Basis for Social Policy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Sowell's brillance is on parade in this scholarly, yet easy to read, analysis of the two prevailing political ideologies in America. Dr. Sowell transforms ideological hypotheses into indisputeable truths via facts/evidence in this richly documented work. Both liberals and conservatives will benefit greatly from reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thomas Sowell, like a prophet, explains every liberal I have ever debated or discussed any issue with. He describes the same tired method of attacking the person rather than fighting on the merits of an argument. He has said in a single book what it has taken over a decade for me to realize in my relationships with liberal friends. Any thinking person who wants to understand why they get nowhere in a debate with a liberal should read this book. Also this book gives you the key to avoiding several pitfalls you may encounter in talking to a liberal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This superb book analyzes and explains the prevailing Liberal mindset, which is that Liberals (the anointed) are by definition superior to the rest of us (the benighted). Dr. Sowell describes the Liberal belief structure with logical severity, including their demand for unquestioning acceptance, their demonization of anyone who does challenge them, and their underlying desire for power at the expense of liberty. A must-read for anyone who wants to understand what Liberals believe and how they operate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thomas Sowell methodicaly desribes the Socialist mentality of todays Liberal Democrats. There are many passages that will illuminate the prevailing socialist attitude among the media, educrats, and others who fancy themselves superior to the rest of the population. It takes them apart word by word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sowell demonstrates the kind mentality free thinkers and those who love freedom face as they contend against these pseudo liberal Marxists! Sowell cuts to the chase with such erudition and sagacity the pernicious aims of the "anoited". An attempt to bring to naught  through the most insidious and deceitful arguments imaginable the individual rights and moral autonomy of their fellows in a quest to create  a fair and equal world. Whats worse is that these self appointed do gooder's will stop at nothing to achieve their goals eveen if it means bloodshed and injustice as history in the 20th century shows! Sowell gives us fair warning not only with respect to the mentality that drives this faith but the consequences that we will face. Namely the equal distribution of misery and mediocrity ! Another must read !
howietime More than 1 year ago
best book i ever read. a contrast of left wing "intellectual" planners and the conservative leave-the-government-out doers. the writer is able to work through examples, quotes, historical comparisons and thoughtful descriptions without invoking religion or God as a defense or reason for behaviours but instead relies on different views on human nature. it is in fact brilliant, genious or whatever similar term both in content and artistic writing style.
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JohnGalt73 More than 1 year ago
This maybe one of the best books I have read recently, I would recommend this book and his book "A Conflict of Vision" for anyone who wants to understand why people who disagree on one social issure tend to disagree right down the line on almost every issue. If there is a writer who better understands the basis of our current conflicts I have not read them. This book will definetly enlighten you.
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JTomCooper More than 1 year ago
Thomas Sowell and the premise of this book are still relevant today. We have another Anointed One in the White House. Obama must have read this book too, since he is using the tactics that Lenin, Hitler, FDR and Lyndon Johnson have used in the past. His four strategy points for promoting and defending his "vision" for "change" are patterned identically to Sowell's description. The only way to fight this type of "vision" is to spread the word about these means of deception and control. Read it and then buy several copies for your friends who are not lemmings.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
By all means read this beek if you are in the mood to hear a grown man whimper and complain about beneficial social programs. The man has missed the point entirely with this poor excuse of a book by defending such genetically deadly chemicals like DDT. 'Althought the dangers of DDT have been exaggerated, even professional sprayers, with many times the concentration of DDT in their bodies as the average perosn, show no medical ill effects...' Well, lets just wait until that person has children. DDT affects carrier off spring. He proceeds to compair DDT to whooping cough which is an entirely different disease, affecting its host mortally, unlike DDT. This is just one example of the mans blind crusade. It is a dangerous book for the weak minded. Those of you who have taken statistics before...have fun!