A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

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Basic Books, Jun 5, 2007 - History - 352 pages
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In this classic work, Thomas Sowell analyzes 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. He describes how these two radically opposed views have manifested themselves in the political controversies of the past two centuries, including such contemporary issues as welfare reform, social justice, and crime. Updated to include sweeping political changes since its first publication in 1987, this revised edition of A Conflict of Visions offers a convincing case that ethical and policy disputes circle around the disparity between both outlooks.

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Thomas Sowell. A true intelligent author grounded in values and ideas which have made this country great has delivered his predictably fine and solid ideas. Everyone should read this book ... Read full review

A must read prior to voting!

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This is a classic book that I wish every American would read. It really enhanced my understanding of political issues and I think this will be true regardless of the readers political views. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

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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