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

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Basic Books, Jun 28, 1996 - Political Science - 320 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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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

Contents

Flattering Unction
1
The Pattern
7
By The Numbers
31
The Irrelevance Of Evidence
64
The Anointed Versus The Benighted
104
Crusades Of The Anointed
143
The Vocabulary Of The Anointed
183
Courting Disaster
219
Optional Reality
241
Notes
261
Index
295
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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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