The Vision of the Anointed: Self-congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy

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BasicBooks, 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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User Review  - Scarchin - LibraryThing

Powerful, erudite, thought-provoking, essential - one of the most important books of our time. Published in 1995 - Sowell predicts the actions and behaviors of the modern "progressive movement" with stunning accuracy. Read full review

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User Review  - thcson - LibraryThing

The author of this book makes some good points about the difficulty of social planning and about biased language in political rhetoric. However, the book's own political bias reduces the value and ... Read full review


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Thomas Sowell is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has been a professor of economics at leading American colleges and universities, and has lectured in Singapore, Israel, Switzerland, and Germany, as well as across the United States.

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