• The Quest for Cosmic Justice

  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,979 ratings)

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This book is about the great moral issues underlying many of the headline-making political controversies of our times. It is not a comforting book but a book about disturbing and dangerous trends. The Quest for Cosmic Justice shows how confused conceptions of justice end up promoting injustice, how confused conceptions of equality end up promoting inequality, and how the tyranny of social visions prevents many people from confronting the actual consequences of their own beliefs and policies. Those consequences include the steady and dangerous erosion of fundamental principles of freedom - amounting to a quiet repeal of the American revolution. The Quest for Cosmic Justice is the summation of a lifetime of study and thought about where we as a society are headed - and why we need to change course before we do irretrievable damage.

©2001 Thomas Sowell (P)2017 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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Essential reading. Well said.

To achieve peace, prosperity-for-every-person, and justice, we must ask ourselves "What approach to achieving these goals has worked in the past?" That is the question that Sowell answers with his deep knowledge of history -- with well-stated facts.

Many will dismiss his statements out-of-hand because it contradicts their ideology. But if we want to know what works, we must not dismiss the point-of-view that Sowell states so clearly.

Thomas Sowell is an example of diversity-in-action. For a black man to state facts that don't conform to the orthodoxy that is demanded of a black person is a beautiful example of liberated thinking. I admire him greatly and learn so much as I listen to him.

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First released 20 years ago & now a classic!

Thomas Sowell defines (traditional) justice as applying the same rules and same standards to everybody. He defines cosmic justice as equalizing the prospects for everybody. Those two concepts are incompatible. You cannot successfully pursue the two concepts simultaneously. Regular/traditional justice simply requires treating everyone the same. Cosmic justice must be tailored to each individual in society and thus requires massive government bureaucracy and power. Sowell notes that many people refer to cosmic justice as social justice, but he notes that the term social justice does not really fit the concept. I recommend this COSMIC JUSTICE to everyone, but if you do not have time for the six hour audiobook consider listening to Dr. Sowell's fifteen minute lecture The Quest for Cosmic Justice which can be easily found on the Internet.

The narration of Cosmic Justice by Robertson Dean is superb.

Eight-eight year old Thomas Sowell has a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. He grew up in Harlam and attended all black secondary schools. He has written many books, most of which are available at Audible, on economics and other topics. For many years he wrote a weekly syndicated newspaper column and many of his columns have been republished in book format. Dr. Sowell is a national treasure!

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Brilliant as Always

A solid, life long, brilliant performer #thomasSowell PhD. whose “colleague’s sloppy action galvanized” him into action and we get to reap the benefit.

@HooverInst @UChicago @Columbia @Harvard @freepress

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Sowell gets it...

As humans, it's embarrassing that we put "pundits" on the news but not someone like Thomas Sowell. Dude gets it. Read as many of his books as you can...regardless of political affiliation. Dude just gets it, and is a very clear and amazing writer to boot.

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Enjoyed from beginning to end and will read again!

Historically I've struggled to find the time to research and pull together the history and data I knew was out there needed to defend conservative philosophy. This book, recommended by Ben Shapiro does just that. Well done. I intend to reread this several times because there so much in it when you consider all the supporting evidence that's between the lines. Highly recommended reading...or listening.

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What a fantastic book.

So much wisdom and truth. I thought it was written a couple years ago. It was so contemporary. Thomas Sowell has a fine mind that is put to good use, and for our benefit .
Thank you Mr Sowell!

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Powerful, and Thorough

Powerful and Thorough look at social justice and the policies that stem from it, as well as their intentions and dangers.

A great book.

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Cosmic justice

Thomas Sowell is an American treasure with a deeply analytical and articulate gift for explaining what is driving the dangerous push toward Socialism. collectivism and Marxism.

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Simply Terrific.

An indispensable read, that gives one much needed perspective and facts, on all the contemporary social justice crusades.

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Deeply unimpressed. Anti-intellectual!

To test my beliefs in economics (which changed around 2013, after reading about the 2008 financial crisis), I finished this audiobook a couple weeks ago. I was thoroughly unimpressed.

In his pompous flowery language, Sowell criticizes his liberal colleague’s “sloppy thinking.” He then peppers his entire book with assertions about the “hubris” of the “anointed elites” (liberals), language that’s less logical and more an appeal to emotional dislike. When he treats the emotional impact of welfare on recipients’ thinking, he suggests one, and ONLY one, emotional response: envy, of those better off. And that’s all! I know someone who is deeply grateful for the welfare her family received when she was growing up. Sowell never considers gratefulness. Nor does Sowell ever consider that welfare recipients’ frustrations and anger might come from something else: the scorn, humiliation, and obstacles they receive from people like him.

He loves to accuse others of ignoring logic and evidence. But he does! The whole book stays at 50,000 feet, in a world of philosophy and theoretical simplicity. Welfare recipients are “takers”, controlled by politicians. He never comes down to discover that most welfare recipients arguably work harder than most of us as they work multiple jobs, ride busses, and make it to another payday. He discusses the law, and our choice to obey it. But he never mentions how the poor are especially targeted for harsh enforcement, an odd omission by someone who blames government. He pretends to come down to earth, by telling a few arcane historical factoids about ethnic groups around the world in different times. These are cherry-picked distractions from our American history, designed to create the impression of some vast arcane base of knowledge.

At one point, he dismisses the New Deal because it didn’t “save capitalism from itself.” He totally fails to realize, the purpose of the New Deal was largely to keep people from starving or tearing the country apart. Is he that thoughtless?? As an intellectual coward, he chooses to take on a convenient strawman to represent liberals: Marx and Lenin! He never even mentions John Maynard Keynes, the famous Depression-era economist and intellectual giant who studied the value of government programs and spending during financial crises.

Twenty years ago, I would have been impressed by this book. I know better now.

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  • mabvuto zulu
  • 12-23-19

Brilliant Execution by Thomas Sowell

If I could rate 10 stars for the book I would. This is a must read for everyone interested in current debates including gender issues, economic disparities, social justice, economics and politics.
A must have tool to help you navigate contemporary thinking .
I consider Thomas Sowell one of the greatest philosophers of our times.

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  • Mark
  • 06-07-18

Amazing

Few people can articulate the truth like Thomas Sowell. His justification that man cannot redress the inherent disparities of life is irrefutable. A must read.

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  • Ariel
  • 01-16-21

Even more relevant now than when it was published

This book is even more relevant now than when it was first published in the year 2000. It clearly explains how the American intelligentsia is destroying the ideals of the American revolution.

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  • El Kay Ochiabo
  • 09-19-21

Brave fresh perspective

This book presents ideas from a brave fresh perspective. Let it guide your thinking in your quest for a society where everyone is left to their own devices — freely going about their business. But never take this to be a Bible of any sort. Universally, any truth allows for grey areas. The middle way — that neither of the left nor of the right, but of humanism — is the way of Nature, of God, of the Universe. Crazy social justice warriors who want to submit everyone to their causes through Stalinist processes are dangerous. But we die inside when we permit the cold logics of the market to dictate its vibrations to our soul. That said, the book does justice to its premise.

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  • Kwadwo
  • 12-31-20

Insightful book

It is a great book, amongst the very insightful books written by Thomas Sowell.

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  • Dee
  • 11-06-18

Tyranny is fast approaching

This books beautifully illustrates how the quest for cosmic (social) justice will inevitably end in tyranny. The signs are all around us, more so we’re complicit in the erosion of our freedoms.

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  • Y. Syed
  • 05-05-18

Should be read in all schools …

This is essential, evidence based wisdom, on the subject of Cosmic (social) justice.
It is essential that all people understand just how costly and unjust social just is!

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  • Jo Swinnerton
  • 08-24-21

Very poorly argued ideas by an acclaimed academic

Poorly argued ideas from both a logical and ethical perspective, full of self contradictions, not even warrant time to list the flawed theory or counter argument.

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  • Edward
  • 07-14-21

Lacking empiricism

Thomas Sowell discusses and explains this subject much better and with better examples on some of his other book, this book focuses more on understanding the principle difference between “justice” and “social justice” aka “Cosmic Justice”.

It could have used a few more specific examples to fortify his argument, I get the impression this book relies on people having read his previous books and seeks to provide a definition only of “cosmic justice”.

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  • Ludwig van El
  • 09-17-22

Insightful

Sowell turned out to be as good & insightful as I'd heard. His social analysis hits the mark, every time.
Started listening to a book about psychopaths after this one. Seems a fitting follow-up.
SJW's don't care about justice, only about their own petty pleasures.

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  • 08-10-21

Can’t go wrong with T Sowell

As usual Thomas Sowell books are enjoyable
While this one didn’t have the richness of examples that his books usually have, it still didn’t fail to deliver
Good light reading!

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  • Nadja
  • 03-29-21

great and important read to understand our times

very timely book although written 20 years or so ago it is a great and important read to understand our times

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-20

Thomas Sowell at his best!

I thought Thomas Sowell can't get any better. And then I read this book.
Simply superb.

If you ever feel uneasy at the postulates out the social justice doctrine, if you know it's incorrect but can't find all the right words and reasons, this is the book that reveals and explains all.

If you're a social justice warrior fighting against all the people who are 'racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, islamophobic, oppressive, micro-aggressive, top 1%, and 'worse than Hitler', then this book will explain - with exquisite clarity, infallible reason and unambiguous facts - why it might not in fact be the case.

Bravo, what a brilliant beginning to 2020!