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The Quest for Cosmic Justice Paperback – February 5, 2002
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David Boaz author of Libertarianism: A Primer and editor of The Libertarian Reader No one should pronounce on justice or equality again without grappling with Thomas Sowell's powerful argument. In this book, reflecting a lifetime of wide-ranging research and careful reflection, Sowell makes us understand the difference between results and processes, between "cosmic justice" and traditional justice, between the rule of law and the power to do good. The ratio of insights to words in this book is remarkably high.
Judge Robert H. Bork In The Quest for Cosmic Justice Thomas Sowell once again displays his distinctive combination of erudition, analytical power, and uncommon sense.
About the Author
Thomas Sowell is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute and the author of A Personal Odyssey, The Vision of the Anointed, Ethnic America, and several other books. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Forbes, and Fortune and are syndicated in 150 newspapers. He lives in Stanford, California.
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One of my favorite quotes from the book is a metaphor describing dumb politicians and their "social justice vision" for the economy
"He asks not whether it is gasoline or water he tosses on the economic fire---he only asks if it was a well-intended act"
This is a tightly argued exposition of the difference between traditional justice under rules of law vs. the 'social' or... as he terms it... 'cosmic' justice or vision of those who seek to change the rules to benefit groups they deem to have greater rights than others in current society. This has led to erosion of rule of law guaranteed in American Constitution gradually and has deprived even those who these elite visionaries intended to benefit. Wide ranging examples from our own history and world history illustrate his conclusions. A tour de force....
I read the entire Intellectuals and Society, and thought maybe this would just be an addendum. This book stands on its own. It delves into the psyche of the Leftist and their position in society.