A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

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Basic Books, 2002 - History - 292 pages
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Controversies in politics arise from many sources, but the conflicts that endure for generations or centuries show a remarkably consistent pattern. In this classic work, Thomas Sowell analyzes this pattern. He describes the two competing visions that shape our debates about the nature of reason, justice, equality, and power: the "constrained" vision, which sees human nature as unchanging and selfish, and the "unconstrained" vision, in which human nature is malleable and perfectible. A Conflict of Visions offers a convincing case that ethical and policy disputes circle around the disparity between both outlooks.

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User Review  - Mike Thoennes - Goodreads

If you have ever wondered why liberals 'are blinded to the obvious', or visa-versa with conservatives. This book helped me to see this issue from a much different perspective and clarified this ... Read full review

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User Review  - Peter - Goodreads

Your vision affects your view of politics, issues, etc. An important topic. Spot-on reasoning from a rational author. Dry reading, though. Read full review

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Thomas Sowell has taught economics at a number of colleges and universities, including Cornell, University of California Los Angeles, and Amherst. He has published both scholarly and popular articles and books on economics, and is currently a scholar in residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

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