The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
Sowell presents a devastating critique of the mind-set behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years. Sowell sees what has happened during that time not as a series of isolated mistakes but as a logical consequence of a tainted vision whose defects have led to crises in education, crime, and family dynamics, and to other social pathologies. In this book, he de...more
"The perennial desire to make particular things 'affordable' through public policy or to have government provide an ever-expanding list of 'basic needs' suggests that the economic realities conveyed by prices are s ...more
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In his book Vision of the Anointed, Thomas Sowell offers key insights into how and why the American left has run wild in it’s attempts to change America.
As the subtitle suggests, “Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy,” Sowell posits that the American left’s policies are egocentric exercises meant to establish themselves as saviors and their opponents as villains. Sowell shows that historically the left has been far more willing to condemn their opponents as evil even though the peopl ...more
In reality, the entire population of the world today could be housed in the state of Texas, in single-story, single-family houses - four people to a house - and with a typical yard around each home.
Everyone is a “progressive” by his own lights. That the anointed believe that this label differentiates themselves from other people is one of a number of symptoms of their naive narcissism.
Rights from government interference - “Congress shall ...more
Even 11 years later I still remember much. He touches on the very essence of why liberalism and Liberals are so dangerous. The very title insinuates it: "The Annointed."
There is an "annointed" class and ...more
Thomas Sowell, a noted conservative thinker and a genuinely interesting person (I've heard him as a guest on a local radio station several times) writes an effective book against the actions of those whom he calls 'The Annointed.' The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy is effective, but not a great work.
Who are The Annointed?
He uses the term in a sarcastic way here to illuminate those 'Teflon prophets' (he uses that term because s ...more
His lambasting of leftists' tactics is spot-on - but I found his use of statistics to be a bit misleading. He rightly slams 'the other side' for their dodgy use of figures, and the way they often ...more
Sowell’s thesis is that this is just what they ...more
This book may change your way of thinking. It will certainly make you think, and co ...more
"The presumed ...more
He picks apart the insulated, echo-chamber ideas of the social/political elites--the anointed (since they have named themselves t ...more
While political discourse has really soured as of late and bad faith runs abound, I still hold onto this idea that people who can disagree can still converse and disagree and understand each other. Even with the disaster that was Political Season 2008, I still believe it. I still believe it b ...more
That being said I was reading this I was thinking to myself, wow, what would happen if one of the ...more