• 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 (315 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.

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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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What would Thomas Sowell say today?

It is scary that this was written 27 years ago. Society has declined by an unimaginable scale. The anointed have become all powerful! They have us believe open drug use in what used to be some of the most beautiful cities is completely acceptable. Cashless bail has attempted murderers back on the streets in hours just to commit more crime hours or days later. Thousands crossing the boarder daily. Teachers teaching kids as early as kindergartner about sexuality, be it strait, gay or now even more commonly transsexual. This book should have acted as a warning to us all back in the late 90’s. Instead at times, it sounds like the Anointed have used it as a guide of how to corrupt the nation more. So sad!!
Amazing book!

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Sowell offers arguments of the natural order!

This work is essential for any mind. I hope young students study this and other Sowell work!

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Enlightening

All he things we have seen the left do today was laid out in this book almost thirty years ago and he goes back another thirty years to show how it got started.

It’s worth listening to this book.

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Celebrating Reason

A wealth of common sense so widely lacking in society. May God bless Thomas Sowell

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Must read

Everyone should read this book, especially if you think the experts are correct. Thomas Sowell is one of the most important minds in the United States.

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Must read

Anyone who wants to be an influencer needs to critically comsume this book! It is very well done.

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a wonderful, must read

at first I must admit that Thomas Sowell is a new found hero for me, and with that being said I found this book a magnificent work on economics, politics historical and social studies in general.
in this book Prof Sowell gives the reader (listener) a prospective on how we have gotten here and what are the prices we paid for a "feel good" short term "fix"

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  • 11-03-22

Excellent

This 1995 book is incredibly prescient, the scope and depth of reasoning frankly astonishing. I can't recall any other great work of social analysis that can cast a shadow on this giant of a book.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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