The Vision of the Anointed

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The Vision of the Anointed
The vision of the annointed bookcover.jpg
Cover of the hardcover edition
AuthorThomas Sowell
CountryUnited States
SubjectSocial policy
PublisherBasic Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback), Audiobook, E-book)
Preceded byRace And Culture: A World View 
Followed byKnowledge and Decisions 

The Vision of the Anointed (1995) is a book by economist and political columnist Thomas Sowell which brands the anointed as promoters of a worldview concocted out of fantasy impervious to any real-world considerations.[1] Sowell asserts that these thinkers, writers, and activists continue to be revered even in the face of evidence disproving their positions.

Sowell argues that American thought is dominated by a "prevailing vision" which seals itself off from any empirical evidence that is inconsistent with that vision.

The book challenges people Sowell refers to as "Teflon prophets," who predict that there will be future social, economic, or environmental problems in the absence of government intervention (Ralph Nader is one of his foremost examples).

The book was initially published in 1995 by Basic Books.[2] It was described as a "masterpiece" by Nick Cater.[3]


  1. ^ George, Robert P. (1995-10-23). "The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy". National Review. Archived from the original on 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
  2. ^ Sowell, Thomas (1995). The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy. ISBN 9780465089956.
  3. ^ Cater, Nick (24 October 2021). "Sense, logic abandoned in climate of moral superiority". The Australian.