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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A well thought out and researched breakdown of the origins and philosophies of the modern left and right. Read full review

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Insightful book on the underlying differences between conservative and liberal world views. Sowell denies a direct parallel between his dichotomy ("constrained" vs. "unconstrained" visions of human ... 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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