• The Vision of the Anointed

  • Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Jim Seybert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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Thomas Sowell's provocative critique of liberalism's failures

The Vision of the Anointed is a devastating critique of the mindset behind the failed social policies of the past thirty 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 other social pathology. In this book, "politically correct" theory is repeatedly confronted with facts-and sharp contradictions between the two are explained in terms of a whole set of self-congratulatory assumptions held by political and intellectual elites. These elites-the anointed-often consider themselves "thinking people," but much of what they call thinking turns out, on examination, to be rhetorical assertion, followed by evasions of mounting evidence against those assertions.

©1995 Thomas Sowell (P)2022 Tantor

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A phenomenal book for our time!!!

The book reads so much like it was written about today, you begin to wonder why nothing is cited after 1994. Then is hits you, it was written in 1995. It's amazing how many of the absurd conclusions warned against are commonplace today.
The book is amazing at helping the reader to escape the reality distortion in our social and political discussions.
It would be great to have an updated edition with new examples and data for our more recent history.

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An Absolute Masterpiece!

God bless Thomas Sowell! Never has there been such a comprehensive, systematic and lucid indictment of arguably the root cause of many current societal dysfunction: the vision of the anointed. Sowell with his usual wit and clarity brilliantly illustrates the presuppositions and flattering unction of the self appointed elites and the devastating societal consequences of that vision for which they pay no price. Published in 1995, this books prophetic insight has been proved many times over in the subsequent three decades. Despite the books ending on a rather dark note, Sowell has been an enormous force for goodness and truth that has influenced the lives of thousands if not millions over his long career. Seldom has so much been owed by so many to one man. Thank you Thomas Sowell!

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For those with eyes to see and ears to hear

I was surprised to discover this was written in 1995. It has aged very well and speaks presciently to the issues of our time. Thomas Sowell has unmasked the societal devastation wrought by the Globalist elite and their purported experts. From the rigging of statistics by politically captive scientists, to the warped fixations of an agenda driven media, to the particularly loathsome sophistry of activist judges, Sowell reveals for the perceptive reader "the man behind the curtain" in all his (or her!) arrogant incompetence. To be sure, this book is not on the World Economic Forum's recommended reading list. That this marvelous book has not yet be slated for suppression and censorship is a miracle.

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Exceptional analysis of the role of elites

This is a brilliant look at how two perspectives have radically different results in the real world.

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as usual Sowell told us so..

book came out 1995. things are worse and even more so if the problems he listed out. the fact this man doesn't just say "toldjaso" in every interview shows his grace.
I recommend Sowell to everyone always. if they want more info, likely Sowell has write about it. read it.

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a must read

If you are left with a sense of unease as to what is going in then listen and read this book. Be open as to its messages as you realize that you have been lied to.

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Understand the Loony Left

I like being able to understand the Looney Left and other overconfident leaders. I just wish that there was some way to reverse the destruction they are bringing that could play out within my lifetime.

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One of the best books I have read

I cannot overstate the importance of this book! I plan on reading as many of his books as I can get my hands on.

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The Most Excoriating Polemic of the Left Ever

I cannot recommend this book enough, as it totally dismantles leftist ideology. Sowell is brazen in his approach and totally unapologetic in his criticisms of the myopia of ideologues, and uses facts and statistics to devastate their position. If you are a "not left" of any ilk, this is the book for you. If you are a leftist, and want to read the best thing the opposition has to offer; this is also the book for you.

The narrator is solid. No complaints here.

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  • Josiah Kandoje
  • 06-15-22

Must Read Books

I might aswell listen to all of his books this tear. So empowering and liberating.

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  • 06-03-22

One of his best

An excellent and timely analysis of the elites and how much damage they do through their ignorance and arrogance