The vision of the anointed: self-congratulation as a basis for social policy

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BasicBooks, Jul 14, 1995 - Political Science - 305 pages
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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 describes how elites—the anointed—have replaced facts and rational thinking with rhetorical assertions, thereby altering the course of our social policy.

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Dr. Sowell is his usual brilliant self. I underlined like crazy as I read, because so much of what he wrote is happening on a daily basis. Read full review

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An analysis of certain processes in modern day thought. The logic by which crusaders demand certain laws or institutions or changes to effect X -- their critics say it will instead produce Z -- it is ... Read full review


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Bestselling authorThomas Sowell has been on the faculties of leading universities across the country, an economist in the corporate world and in government, and a scholar in residence at three think tanks. His books have been translated into nine languages, and his essays have appeared in "The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Forbes, " and "Fortune" and are syndicated to 150 newspapers. For the past two decades, he has been a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His Internet Web site is