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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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One of the best books I've ever listened to...

A masterpiece. If you ever wondered how the other side could be so consistently wrong, read this book and understand.

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  • Steve
  • Colleyville, TX, United States
  • 06-13-12

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

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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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Thomas Sowell is so Articulate!

Even though this book was written over 20 years ago, "The Vision of The Anointed" seems like it is out of today's headlines.

Sowell explains why the judicial system is such a mess, the crusades by the "anointed" and why the press is so biased and has their back. There has never been a better time to read this book. We continue to see our freedom of speach eroded, because the anointed understand the issues so much better than "we the people"!

It is time to wake up and abolish this nonsense once and for all! If you think that what is happening in our political arena today is new, well, think again. The anointed circus just brings in new clowns. But it is nothing to jest about. These are dangerous players with a dangerous agenda. They have been undermining our system of government for decades.

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Required Reading for Everyone

Although this book was published in 1995, every sentence within is applicable and relevant to 2016. had I not known what year this book was published, I would have guessed it was published last week.

This is a well thought out and welll written book. Sowell takes difficult subject matter, such as explaining judicial activism, and makes it understandable for even nonlawyers, making it an excellent primer for anyone interested in American politics. Quite honestly, this book should be required reading in every college political science course.

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Amazing book

This book is one of a kind. It challenges and illuminates like no other the trappings of the prevailing thinking. And offers a refreshingly different perspective, as well as a stern and much-needed rebuke. A rare diamond among an entire ocean of rocks.

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Fantastic reading of a fantastic book.

Sowell so articulately describes the nigh-autocratic antics of the political and intellectual "elites". A must-read for, well, anyone, even if you consider yourself a member of said political elite. Sowell is meticulous in his attention to detail, and provides real-life, specific examples for his points, as well as metaphorical illustrations to provide a clearer view. He is unbiased and classy, and eloquently puts into words the struggle we face as opponents to the prevailing vision. Absolutely worth your time.

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Heavy armor for the truth seeking mind

Just listen and feel your self confidence grow as Thomas Sowell's words ring like beautiful affirmations in your ears. Well read, heady without being beyond reach.

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Great Insights

Sowell puts into words many things I had assumed and new things I hadn't. He describes the left, not in the usual Fox News way but backed with data, reasoning and evidence. He razes the contrivances of the left with the wrecking ball of facts.

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Amazingly clear and precise understanding of the world around us

Thomas Sowell never ceases to amaze me. If you want to understand our modern world you must read this book. It feels like The book Orwell would write if he lived in our times.

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  • ithinkthecatisill
  • 08-09-16

the most important book you'll ever read

every person interested in politics and social policy needs to read this. and if you are a progressive leftist you definitely need to read this

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  • 04-11-18

Excellent Thesis

An Interesting and prescient dissection of the nonsense that has become so prevalent today. Sowell is a clear thinker and clear communicator. The reader is also excellent.

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  • george finlay
  • 08-24-18

Devastating Analysis

People who are familiar to Sowell will respect the conviction and brilliance with which the man writes. Regardless of your political affiliation; and doubtless some for such reasons will find this listen a struggle, I do highly recommend this book.

Admittedly one of the flaws of this book, as with any non fiction that is expressed in audio format is that the footnotes and bibliography are missing. That’s not a criticism of the book though as listening to such would be tiresome, but just a general caution.

The reason I give 4 stars is the fact that this book can get a feeling of lengthiness and tiresome continuation. Sowell does really like to hate on judges which especially for non US readers can be a frustration.

That being said it is a devastating and thorough indictment of the behaviour of the intellectual and political classes and a must read for all who ‘trust the system’.

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  • 08-24-18

Remarkable analysis and foresight

Very well read and written. Sections of the book illustrate hot button issues of the 90s but so much of today's debate is brilliantly foreshadowed that it could nearly have been written in 2018.

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  • penelope stewart
  • 08-14-18

A deconstruction of postmodernism

This is the most important book your may ever read. Can we save the west?

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  • Monica
  • 08-31-18

Thomas Sowell

Wow ! Where is this guy been all my life . If everyone read his book there would be complete harmony in the world .