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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking, 16 July 2010
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This review is from: Intellectuals & Society (Hardcover)
For years I've often found myself at odds with the ideas espoused by journalists, commentators and public figures. These ideas are held to be the only respectable ones to hold among right-minded people, and yet they seemed to fly in the face of reason and experience; they appeared to be motivated more by a desire to appear good than to do good.

Many books I've read have touched on these ideas and pointed out their stupidity, but few have really burrowed inside the mind of those who propose them. Thomas Sowell's brilliant book does precisely that, and much more besides. He analyses the reasoning (or lack of) behind the views of liberal intellectuals, and explains their motivations and aims. More importantly, he exposes the liberal-left worldview as a pretext for creating in world in which they play a more influential role, and which allows them to showcase their moral, intellectual and emotional superiority.

Sowell's arguments, backed by detailed evidence and historical references, are so clear and convincing that all but the most blinkered leftist could fail to read it without reflecting on the ingenuous, self-serving and destructive nature of his beliefs.

Sadly, as Sowell points out, the liberal intelligentsia tend to dispense with facts and opinions that don't endorse their own version of how the world works, so they are unlikely to risk reading this book. If they do, it will be with a determination to ignore or refute everything Sowell has to say. However, for anyone with an interest in the mindset of those who presume to tell us how to live, this is essential reading.
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Initial post: 9 Feb 2011 10:15:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Feb 2011 10:16:32 GMT
So this is where you write too, Tayles. I am a great admirer of your contributions to the DT.

GrumpyTom brought it to my attention today and after this endorsement how can I not buy it?

Posted on 16 Jan 2015 09:20:44 GMT
Matthew C says:
Going with ones "gut feeling" is referred to as Confirmation Bias. But there is more to it than that. Most intellectuals have brain dissorders such as a complete lack of empathy etc. Most intellectuals simply cannot fathom love and empathy. And they presume to understand what is best for people who possess these character traits? Intellectuals dont understand is the logical conclusion. They may know but without experience of how love and empathy can influence the decision making process they are not qualified to give advice to others on many topics.
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