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A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell
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Apr 08, 2009

it was amazing
Read in July, 2009

Excellent book that helps in understanding the prevalent views of the primary political parties today. If it seems the parties don't see same world, they really don't. Each sees the world filter by its own vision. The two visions are the constrained vision which puts little stock on an individuals wisdom, but rather in the accumulated wisdom found in social structures such as laws and the economy and the open vision which has more faith in individuals or at least the most enlightened individuals.

Justice in the constrained vision is in treating everyone the same. Justice in the open vision is judged on results. Does everyone get the same things.

The book isn't light reading and is a bit repetitive, though more from an attempt to be thorough as the basic theme is applied to closely related subjects.

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Thomas Sowell
“Clearly, only very unequal intellectual and moral standing could justify having equality imposed, whether the people want it or not, as Dworkin suggests, and only very unequal power would make it possible.”
Thomas Sowell, A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

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07/07/2009 page 56
18.42% "The contrast between an open ended and closed view of the world."

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