The Vision of the Anointed

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The Vision of the Anointed
The vision of the annointed bookcover.jpg
Hardcover edition
Author Sowell, Thomas
Country United States
Language English
Subject Social Policy
Genre Economics, Philosophy
Publisher Basic Books
Publication date
June 28, 1996
Media type Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, E-book at [1]
Pages 320
ISBN 978-0-465-08995-6
Preceded by Race And Culture: A World View
Followed by Knowledge and Decisions

The Vision of the Anointed (1996) 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 prevailing social vision is dangerously close to sealing itself off from any discordant feedback from reality.[2]
  • it is so necessary to believe in a particular vision that evidence of its incorrectness is ignored, suppressed, or discredited [3]
  • empirical evidence is neither sought beforehand nor consulted after a policy has been instituted. Facts may be marshalled for a position already taken, but that is very different from systematically testing opposing theories by evidence.[4]

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 on June 28, 1996 by Basic Books.

Title[edit]

The title of book refers to the view of human nature that Sowell called "the unconstrained vision" in his earlier book a Conflict of Visions, and that Steven Pinker called "the utopian vision" in his book the Blank Slate.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ George, Robert P. (1995-10-23). "The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy". National Review. Retrieved 2008-09-20. [dead link]
  2. ^ Vision of the Anointed, page 1
  3. ^ Vision of the Anointed, page 2
  4. ^ Vision of the Anointed, page 2
  5. ^ Ben Casnocha (2009-10-13). "The Blog: Tragic vs. Utopian View of Human Nature". ben.casnocha.com. Retrieved 2010-03-17.