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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Extraordinarily well researched, reasoned and written. This is an example of definitive Sowell. He uses numerous specific examples from decades of progressivism to prove his thesis that the "anointed" experiment on American society with an inherently destructive philosophy.
An Important Book
Great book. Never has the "elite" issue been so well researched and written about. A truly education experience for the reader!
This book, along with many others of Sowell’s work, has opened my eyes into looking at the world in a whole new light. Thomas Sowell is a one in a Century type of man. I haven’t read a Thomas Sowell book that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. He has brought me great wisdom and knowledge that I will remember and use for the rest of my life.