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A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles [Audio CD]

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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441788018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441788016
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars innovative analysis of Left and Right 6 Dec 2000
By DavidW.
I have read and re-read this book; as a political theory enthusiast, it's amazing to me how seldom the issue of what Left and Right really are gets addressed.
This is an attempt to make the root assumptions of Left and Right "world views" clear. The fact is, says Sowell, that the Left tends to regard limits and boundaries as movable and subject to change, while the Right sees them more often as immutable, even if tragic.
Sowell is not a philosopher properly speaking, and he does write like a convert from economics, which he is. But the ideas are very fruitful, and not at all limited to Right-wing self-justification, as some advertise it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for the intelligent mind 10 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Thomas Sowell's "A Conflict of Visions" is a remarkable book. The author's objective portrayal of the two conflicting visions, their premises, their history and their wide ranging implications and ramifications is an excellent education for all who have a serious interest in social and economic policies, as well as politics.
Like Dr. Sowell's other books, "A Conflict of Visions" was the product of meticulous research, objective analysis and much original thought. In my opinion, few people in the public arena today are as brilliant and as well informed as Dr. Sowell.
If you ever wondered why the same two camps of voices combat each other on issue after issue, in politics, in law, in economics and in social policies, if you ever wondered why no unequivocal truth emerged from the conflicting premises through more than 200 years of war and peace, and if you ever wondered (this is the kicker!) why one side's vitriolic portrayal of the other side met with a generally benevolent counter portrayal, you will find the answers in Dr. Sowell's theory of conflicting visions. Reading this book is like discovering Newtonian mechanics.
"A Conflict of Visions" is not an easy read. However, you won't soon forget its ideas.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, Insightful, Useful, and Practical 28 Jun 1999
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I must admit I found Thomas Sowell somewhat difficult to understand. However, given the abstract nature of the book, I'm not sure many writers could have written much better. But once you get into the frame of mind and synchronize with Sowell's presentation flow, it becomes readily apparent that this man is a deep thinker with useful insights into the basis for political ideologies. The book is not especially historical with regards to shifts in political attitudes. However, he does present political ideologies in such a way that allows the reader to compare and contrast and to understand the essential basis for the differences in those ideologies. A definite must-read for the political junkie and certainly for any political science student. Just be prepared to concentrate like you never have before and I think you too will appreciate the insights of Thomas Sowell.
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This book traces the history of the modern Conservative and Liberal "visions" from their beginnings about 200 years ago to the present day. Both views are treated in an apparently even handed maner, with any conclusions left to the reader. The results, however, may come as a revelation to many readers, since the differences explain many of the reasons for the seeming decline of morals and values in America today, and the apparent corruption of our political system. In particular, the book answers questions such as why are Conservatives judged by higher (or at least different) standards than their Liberal counterparts; why do some politicians feel free to lie to their constituents if it serves their ends; why has our Constitution been ignored by our lawmakers, and why does it continue to be ignored; what is the difference between Communism and Socialism; and why do some politicians consider themselves to be the so-called "elite" who know what is best for their fellow Americans. In short, this book is a MUST READ for anyone desiring to understand today's America and what makes it tick.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tough 1 Nov 2004
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I've given up on this, not because it isn't a great book - I'm sure it is. You do get the idea that the author know what he's talking about; It's just that it's tough to read. If you're not a habitual reader, be warned.
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