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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.
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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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By Dan on 07-29-14

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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By Steve on 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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By ithinkthecatisill on 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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