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

Blackstone Audio Inc.

Narrated by Tom Weiner

9 hr 20 min

In this devastating critique of the mindset behind the failed social policies of the past few decades, 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.
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Blackstone Audio Inc.
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Aug 23, 2010
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9h 20m 55s
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9781481586900
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English
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Political Science / Public Policy / General
Social Science / General
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