- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books (June 28, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 046508995X
- ISBN-13: 978-0465089956
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8 inches
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Sowell contrasts the vision of the anointed, which always searches for sweeping solutions, with the tragic vision espoused by conservatives today, which realizes that there are always trade-offs in the real world. Liberals seek to build utopias, but conservatives realize that implementing one policy can have serious side effects elsewhere in society and that wisdom involves knowing that a catch-all solution is not available for virtually any serious social problem. The author describes typical scenarios that ensue when the vision of the anointed is implemented and the real world responds by not cooperating.
Liberals, though, almost never admit their failures, and Sowell details how the Left misuses statistics to invite false inferences as to the results of liberal programs. The author dissects fallacies the anointed use to dismiss evidence of the failure of their vision, and notes that the Left commonly substitutes ridicule and attacks on motives instead of real, logical arguments.
Sowell also describes some of what he calls the "crusades" of the anointed and the effect that the vision of the anointed on the American judicial system and the all-important rule of law, as well as offering his opinion as to why the anointed are so invested in their vision. Even though "The Vision of the Anointed" was written two decades ago, it is even more timely today than it was in the mid-Nineties and is an indispensable book for conservatives, especially young conservatives.
Sowell's emphasis seems to be on what works as opposed to what doesn't. And as an economist, he knows that there are no "solutions" to social ills; there are only tradeoffs. He's not a "conservative" (he's never endorsed a political philosophy that I'm aware of) as much as a scientist with an extraordinary gift for clear writing.
What has become clear since the publication of this book is that the deceptions are worldwide. Governments everywhare are promoting the same self-serving untruths, and it is coming apart everywhere. These will be interesting times.
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Refutes much if not all “fake” media professes to reveal.
Not because of the language (Sowell uses sophisticated yet plain language and provides clear examples).Read more