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The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy | [Thomas Sowell]

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

In this devastating critique of the mindset behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years, Thomas Sowell sees what has happened not as a series of isolated mistakes, but as a logical consequence of a vision whose defects have led to disasters in education, crime, family disintegration, and more.
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In this devastating critique of the mindset behind the failed social policies of the past 30 years, Thomas Sowell sees what has happened not as a series of isolated mistakes, but as a logical consequence of a vision whose defects have led to disasters in education, crime, family disintegration, and more. This is an empirical study in which “politically correct” theory is repeatedly confronted with facts, and the sharp contradictions between the two are explained in terms of a set of self-congratulatory assumptions held by political and intellectual elites.

These elites - the anointed - often consider themselves “thinking people,” but this thinking is actually rhetorical assertion, followed by evasions of mounting evidence against these assertions. The vision of the anointed is seen not merely as a failure but as a fatal danger to the values and the future of American society.

©1995 Thomas Sowell (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“An important and incisive book.” (New York Times Book Review)

“As compelling an explanation as any for the seemingly disproportionate amount of condescension and politically correct invective that emanates from the liberal side of the political spectrum toward the conservative opposition.” (Wall Street Journal)

“Avid conservatives, for whom Sowell is a true-blue intellectual force, will certainly seize upon his analysis for succor.” (Booklist)

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    Steve CLOVIS, CA, United States 06-13-12
    Steve CLOVIS, CA, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Listen to Thomas Sowell and your brain will grow"
    What made the experience of listening to The Vision of the Anointed the most enjoyable?

    The organization and logic of his ideas, observations and principles make Thomas Sowell the greatest proponent of freedom alive today. Many think he speaks of economics but he reveals the threats to freedom by the elitist in our government and other institutions.


    What other book might you compare The Vision of the Anointed to and why?

    Intellectuals and Society, by Thomas Sowell


    What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    great voice


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Stuart, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-09-11
    Thomas Stuart, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-09-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Book - Terrible Production - Rapid Ugly Comp"

    The speaker is probably good. However the producers of this great book have compressed (speeded up the reading) to a very annoying, highly unnatural and way to rapid. It makes the reader seem frantic to finish it up. How could this have happened to an author like Sowell. Buy the book or wait for the audio redo.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    george Newberry, SC, United States 08-07-14
    george Newberry, SC, United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2010
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    "MUST READ!"

    This is the best book ever that explains the vision of the anointed class and the methods and vocabulary that they use to stymie their opponents without having to debate facts, or the consequences of their plans.
    You must read/listen to this book!

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    Dan Burlington, KY, United States 07-29-14
    Dan Burlington, KY, United States 07-29-14 Member Since 2007

    I'm an avid audiobook listener since 2007. I prefer non-fiction but I also branch out to fiction from time to time.

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    "One of my favorite books of all time...."
    What made the experience of listening to The Vision of the Anointed the most enjoyable?

    It is just such an incredibly insightful distillation of exactly how and why the elite left argues the way they do. It helps to put into a very specific framework, the general feeling I've had about the underlying motivations of the "annointed" and the tragic disconnect between their intentions and the outcomes of their do-goodery.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's not that kind of book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's not that kind of book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It just cut through the fog of a lot of what is currently wrong with the world and who is responsible for the self made disasters we're continuing to face as a nation.


    Any additional comments?

    BEST THOMAS SOWELL BOOK SO FAR!

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    Aaron E. Michel 08-19-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Right wing authoritarian whines"

    I was drawn to the overall theme with which I agree. What I find in the text is a high degree of submission to established, legitimate authorities in the author's social group (right wing socialism), high levels of aggression on behalf of those authorities, and a high level of conventionalism. Thomas, please see Professor Altemeyer's book The Authoritarians. I guess I'll have to make due with Hayek's Road to Serfdom and Murray Rothbard's Great Depression. Sowell takes on too much to bore down into the details to understand how unfair and distorted his analysis is.

    4 of 24 people found this review helpful
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