May 18, 2021
The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
Posted by Thomas Sowell

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 deSowell 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.

  • Title: The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
  • Author: Thomas Sowell
  • ISBN: 9780465089956
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Vision of the Anointed Self Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy 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 bu

    Cassandra Kay Silva

    Ok I admit it I am a liberal and I read one of Sowells books, so sue me I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about and to be honest I was fairly pleasantly surprised I am generally one of these that believes in the root cause of social problems as he puts it, perhaps I even have some of this anointed mindset gasp I like to think we can change people by changing behavior and circumstances, but I think he made a good number of points about when we should say enough is enough, does that mean [...]


    A must read As apropos for today as when it was written in the 90 s If you tire of the lightweight stuff from the talking heads like a Hannity, a Rush, or an O Reilly, then read Sowell s Vision of the Anointed Watch Sowell fillet mostly leftist type thought chapter after chapter, page after page, even paragraph after paragraph Sowell brings to bear so many of his skills as a sociologist and economist that the reader cannot possibly master all of Sowell s arguments after just one read So, not onl [...]


    There is much that one could like here The basic framework that Sowell lays down about the way many policies are drafted is clear and accurate The problem, however, is that he seems to believe that only The Anointed i.e liberals use this method to create policy As I was listening, I kept thinking, Wow, this seems like a playbook for George W Bush s administration, but Sowell repeatedly lionizes Reagan and believes that the Benighted i.e conservatives can do no wrong This might have been a great [...]

    Skylar Burris

    This is a superb book if you want to know precisely how statistics are manipulated, ignored, or misinterpreted in order to support social political visions that are impervious to empirical evidence It s wonderful for debunking a plethora of doomsday economic and social myths, and it provides a thorough outline of the type of specious arguments used to avoid addressing specific objections to specific policies and programs Any student of economics, politics, or sociology should read this book and [...]

    David Robins

    So very true enumerates so many of the distractions I have run up against talking with liberals They close their eyes to reality and logic and argue with blind emotion, trying to frame rational people as unfeeling even as they rob them to fund their wasteful and destructive programs The perennial desire to make particular things affordable through public policy or to have government provide an ever expanding list of basic needs suggests that the economic realities conveyed by prices are seen as [...]

    Douglas Wilson

    I love people who think in straight lines.


    For some of the Libertarian opinions I have come to hold, I have been called at least partially evil on one occasion and told to have a heart on too many occasions to count and both of these comments from some of the people who know me best And that is to say nothing of the times my arguments have been called simplistic and yet no reason is ever given for why they are actually wrong This form of attack is one which Sowell writes about to some length and in that, and numerous other respects his b [...]

    Adam Graham

    In his book Vision of the Anointed, Thomas Sowell offers key insights into how and why the American left has run wild in it s attempts to change America.As the subtitle suggests, Self Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy, Sowell posits that the American left s policies are egocentric exercises meant to establish themselves as saviors and their opponents as villains Sowell shows that historically the left has been far willing to condemn their opponents as evil even though the people they [...]


    I have always wondered why so many social policies, all of which seem like good and even noble ideas at the time, turn out so badly Sowell presents one view and a caustic one it is Essentially, his thesis is that policy makers have far too often replaced rational analysis of outcomes with wishful and willful assertions that run counter to the facts of the case The anointed live in a rarefied world in which reality plays little role and the opinions of the non anointed even less The presumed irra [...]

    Nick Gibson

    Sowell outlines a worldview that he believes describes the intellectual political Left, and proceeds to flesh out the texture and contours of that worldview through examples He makes an argument for the validity of his thesis by illustrating how the Vision of the Anointed can consistently explain the Left s oft irrational actions and arguments Throughout, he makes comparisons to an opposing Tragic Vision of humanity that is present in classical and conservative thought In the Tragic Vision, huma [...]

    Leslie Wiewel

    Wow Outstanding.

    Charlene Mathe

    I feel like the phrase, vision of the anointed, never quite says what Sowell is driving at The subtitle, Self Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy, gets closer to the heart of it It has to be understood as a sequel volume to Sowell s 1987 book, A Conflict of Visions Ideological Origins of Political Struggles What, in his earlier work Sowell called the constrained vs the unconstrained vision, and what Steven Pinker renamed the tragic vs the Utopian vision, in this book Sowell discusses as [...]


    A truly devastating critique of the liberal mindset.Quotes In reality, the entire population of the world today could be housed in the state of Texas, in single story, single family houses four people to a house and with a typical yard around each home.Everyone is a progressive by his own lights That the anointed believe that this label differentiates themselves from other people is one of a number of symptoms of their naive narcissism.Rights from government interference Congress shall make no l [...]

    Andrew Chandler

    In attempting to write about this book, I have become aware of how well Sowell can discuss complex topics so succinctly and with such ease, and how I cannot Nevertheless, I proceed.In a way, this is a continuation of the ideas Sowell introduces in A Conflict of Visions, and in a way, it is not In that previous book, Sowell defines a visions as a framework of assumptions that provide one with a sense of how the world works The two main visions form there framework based on their view of the natur [...]


    I am really not sure what else Thomas Sowell has written I know he has other books, but after reading this one almost 11 years ago I don t feel I need to read any others Not that I don t think they will be any good It s mostly because this one is so damn good that I don t think he can top it Even 11 years later I still remember much He touches on the very essence of why liberalism and Liberals are so dangerous The very title insinuates it The Annointed There is an annointed class and nearly anyt [...]


    A typical liberal flaw is explored here Social policy must be based on actual results instead of merely good intentions Soaring rhetoric without substance backing it often does harm than good The main reason, Sowell argues, that Liberals get away with their bad ideas is because the people who impose those ideas rarely pay for the costs associated with their failures If a fashionable Liberal idea such as sex education or bilingual education programs creates pregnant children or children who ca [...]

    Justin Lonas

    Sowell at his prescient and ascerbic finest He fires a volley of logic and research across the bow of the ship of self righteous elitism in effort to warn them of the approaching icebergs He synthesizes and builds on some of the ideas developed in his other works notably A Conflict of Visions , and the result is an elegant and digestible summary of Sowell s thought.He picks apart the insulated, echo chamber ideas of the social political elites the anointed since they have named themselves the de [...]


    Good, but needed detailThomas Sowell, a noted conservative thinker and a genuinely interesting person I ve heard him as a guest on a local radio station several times writes an effective book against the actions of those whom he calls The Annointed The Vision of the Anointed Self Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy is effective, but not a great work.Who are The Annointed He uses the term in a sarcastic way here to illuminate those Teflon prophets he uses that term because some of them a [...]


    I have read Sowell before his book Race and Culture and some of his editorials If the book hadn t been copyrighted in 1995, I would have thought he was targeting the 2012 liberals But I read this leading up to the election, so that might explain a lot of my response to the book I want to believe we can correct our flaws in society and help our fellow man by pulling together, especially in the United States where we have solved so many problems of mankind But his explanation of trade offs and his [...]


    This is the clearest, sanest expression of liberal political thought you will ever read If you are a Beckbot, a Rush clone, a Hanniday zombie it will be too deep and clear to impress you, though, as there isn t any lying, ranting, or flag waving Sowell is extremely understandable and deep on the subject I ve read this book and re read it over the months, checked out sources, and tried to think through his arguments This is essential if you want to understand today s politics and how Democrats an [...]


    Thomas Sowell is quickly becoming my conservative intellectual father figure In this outstanding book, he exposes liberals for what they believe themselves to be the annointed A very intellectual book not casual reading, but worth the time to read carefully.

    Vaz Marti

    Another must read by Thomas Sowell, where he dissects the vision of the anointed i.e liberals and the left While conventional wisdom tells us that there are no solutions, only trade offs, that when you do something in one area, it is going to be at the expense of something else, that reality is so much complex than any human being can fathom alone, that ideas and policies should be verified against reality, and truth is what works and corresponds to facts in the real world the intellectuals brus [...]

    Bob Matter

    I picked this up at a thrift store the other day on the reputation of the author s name As I often do, I thought I would read just a few pages at the beginning, put it on my TBR shelf, and come back to it later But alas, it is so engaging I am compelled to continue reading it.


    Motywem przewodnim ksi ki jest opis r nych polityk stosowanych w USA na przestrzeni ostatnich kilkudziesi ciu lat licz c do lat 90 Autor wyr nia w swojej ksi ce dwie r ne wizje wiata o wiecon namaszczeni, pomaza cy i tragiczn ciemnogr d Wyr nienie to jest motywowane tym, e cz sto ci sami ludzie stoj po przeciwnych stronach barykady w wielu niepowi zanych ze sob kwestiach Wizja o wiecona jest skrajnie racjonalistyczna Wed ug niej wszystkie problemy mo na ca kowicie rozwi za przez wdra anie odpowi [...]

    Franco Selem

    Thomas Sowell thoroughly debunks many of the failed social policies that the political left has propagated historically, and looks at how their initial intentions and assertions don t line up with reality These policies are rooted from an overarching ideology and usually tend to be hammers searching for nails, so to speak, in the sense that the problems they intend to fix have actually been getting better for decades They also fail to take into account empirical evidence that contradicts their p [...]

    Jan Notzon

    Thomas Sowell hits it out of the park and out of the stadium with this work I would love to hear a counter argument from the anointed as he calls those who assume their inherent moral and intellectual superiority and offer it in place of reasoning or empirical evidence I assume he would simply be dismissed as another heartless uninformed know nothing I would really like to see his arguments taken on, however But I would want them to be taken on withasoning and evidence, not emotional disdain The [...]


    I don t think this covers any ground that Knowledge and Decisions doesn t cover ina better, measured way I think the main difference in the theses of the books is that this one focuses on the specific rhetoric used by technocrats and how, recast, it looks much worse, but I m not sure it would convince anyone who wasn t already convinced of Sowell s general position.Though I have not read the book, from talks I ve heard him give, Arnold Kling seems to have a much reasoned and nuanced approach t [...]


    Why do universities sometime build libraries outside of the campus Because the anointed thought it would be a good idea, disregarding any actual consideration of the costs to students This is a good metaphor for the entire government A group that considers itself above the rest of humanity, and considers itself all knowing, chooses projects and policies that it knows to be correct despite clear evidence to the contrary This evidence may show forth itself in the public not choosing to spend its m [...]


    A primer for understanding political correctness Sowell brilliantly exposes the progressive mindset and methodology, and its cohesive dynamics in the irrational social system it propagates, including its psychological appeal to self flattery, its lack of accountability or corrective feedback, and its special suitedness to media proliferation The chapter The Vocabulary of the Anointed is particularly good and exposes the anointed s successful mainstreaming of its language and all its in built fal [...]


    Sowell just shits all over the Vision of the Anointed Basic idea was this The Anointed are those liberal intellectuals who think that they know than everyone else The polarize and moralize the enemy to fix the crises of our time They don t though because the market is a summary of all knowledge held in society These guys prey on those who think that the problems of our time are because of the dispositions of those in power and not as a set of trade offs between a set of evils They think that th [...]

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