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Why Have So Few People In Britain Heard Of Him?,
This review is from: The Vision of the Anointed: Self Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy (Paperback)
I have read three of Sowells books, The Vision of the Anointed, A Conflict of Visions and The quest for cosmic justice. This is the best of the three. His themes in many of these books is that the liberal elite, anointed, call them what you will has successfully advanced its agenda for many years.
This is hardly news in itself, but what Sowell does to great effect is explain what the underlying cause of their beliefs is, ie that mankind can be perfected at no cost if we were to just give the right people power over us. He highlights the media and its complicitness in not examining the facts that the anointed put forwards, even when a fairly simple look at the figures would reveal the truth to be the exact opposite.
His chapter on judicial activism, the use of courts to create legislation in direct contravention of the written law of the land, is illuminating. Often Judges clearly overstep the limits of their power and invent completely new laws. Despite the fact that most of the examples are American one does not have to look too far to see parallels in Britain, (ie. the Bulger case and the European courts pro IRA verdicts)
Paul Johnson the Historian who writes for the Daily Mail and Spectator in the U.K. has said he considers Thomas Sowell to be the greatest living Philosopher/Commentator in America and the rest of the world yet aside from that his work gets very little exposure in this country.
Sowells biggest strength is observing the common patterns of deception that the left uses time and time again without being picked up on it. His book conveys often conveys complex information yet never alienates itself from a lay reader. A Superb book.
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Initial post: 26 Dec 2011 23:25:55 GMT
Wow, I wrote this review (with a different account) over 10 years ago. It remains one of the most eye opening books on political thought that I have read, and I probably refer to it a couple of times a year even now.
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