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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 by Thomas Sowell
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“What sense would it make to classify a man as handicapped because he is in a wheelchair today, if he is expected to be walking again in a month, and competing in track meets before the year is out? Yet Americans are generally given 'class' labels on the basis of their transient location in the income stream. If most Americans do not stay in the same broad income bracket for even a decade, their repeatedly changing 'class' makes class itself a nebulous concept. Yet the intelligentsia are habituated, if not addicted, to seeing the world in class terms.”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
“One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain.”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
“The staunchest conservatives advocate a range of changes which differ in specifics, rather than in number or magnitude, from the changes advocated by those considered liberal…change, as such, is simply not a controversial issue. Yet a common practice among the anointed is to declare themselves emphatically, piously, and defiantly in favor of 'change.' Thus those who oppose their particular changes are depicted as being against change in general. It is as if opponents of the equation 2+2=7 were depicted as being against mathematics. Such a tactic might, however, be more politically effective than trying to defend the equation on its own merits. ”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
“To believe in personal responsibility would be to destroy the whole special role of the anointed, whose vision casts them in the role of rescuers of people treated unfairly by “society”.”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
“Extrapolations are the last refuge of a groundless argument.”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
“One of the first things taught in introductory statistics textbooks is that correlation is not causation. It is also one of the first things forgotten.”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
“Among the many other questions raised by the nebulous concept of “greed” is why it is a term applied almost exclusively to those who want to earn more money or to keep what they have already earned—never to those wanting to take other people’s money in taxes or to those wishing to live on the largesse dispensed from such taxation. No amount of taxation is ever described as “greed” on the part of government or the clientele of government.”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
“Systemic processes tend to reward people for making decisions that turn out to be right—creating great resentment among the anointed, who feel themselves entitled to rewards for being articulate, politically active, and morally fervent.”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
“. . ideology. . . is an instrument of power; a defense mechanism against information; a pretext for eluding moral constraints in doing or approving evil with a clean conscience; and finally, a way of banning the criterion of experience, that is, of completely eliminating or indefinitely postponing the pragmatic criteria of success and failure. —Jean-François Revel1”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
“…the very commonness of common sense makes it unlikely to have any appeal to the anointed. How can they be wiser and nobler than everyone else while agreeing with everyone else?”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
“In short, numbers are accepted as evidence when they agree with preconceptions, but not when they don’t.”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
“The media are less a window on reality, than a stage on which officials and journalists perform self-scripted, self-serving fictions.”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
“Only in the light of this agenda does it make sense that so-called “sex education” should be advocated to take place throughout the school years—from kindergarten to college—when it could not possibly take that much time to teach basic biological or medical information about sex. What takes that long is a constant indoctrination in new attitudes.63”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
“Evidence is fact that discriminates between one theory and another. Facts do not „speak for themselves.” they speak for or against competing theories. Theories can be devastated by facts but they can never be proven correct by facts.
What empirical verification can do is to reveal which of the competing theories currently being considered is more consistent with that which is known factually. Some other theory may come along tomorrow that is still more consistent with the facts, or explains those facts with fewer, clearer, or more manageable assumptions.”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
“There cannot be a law-abiding society if no one knows in advance what law they are to abide by, but must wait for judges to create ex post facto legal rulings based on “evolving standards” rather than known rules.”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
“Moreover, even in the absence of accumulating personal experience, it was difficult to believe that soaring murder statistics reflected simply better record keeping, since it had always been hard to ignore a dead body.”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
“The vision of the anointed is one in which ills as poverty, irresponsible sex, and crime derive primarily from ‘society,’ rather than from individual choices and behavior. To believe in personal responsibility would be to destroy the whole special role of the anointed, whose vision casts them in the role of rescuers of people treated unfairly by ‘society.”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
“Failure to use tax money to finance things not liked by the taxpaying public is routinely called ‘censorship.’ If such terminology were used consistently, virtually all of life would be just one long, unending censorship, as individuals choose whether to buy apples instead of oranges, vacations rather than violins, furniture rather than mutual funds. But of course no such consistency is intended. This strained use of the word ‘censorship’ appears only selectively, to describe public choices and values at variance with the choices and values of the anointed.”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy