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by Thomas Sowell


To my wife Mary, with love conflict of visions differs from a conflict between contending interests.

To my wife Mary, with love. conflict of visions differs from a conflict between contending interests. When interests are at stake, the parties directly affected usually understand clearly what the issue is and what they individually stand to gain or lose. The general public may not understandand indeed may be confused precisely because of the propaganda of the contending parties.

Sowell's illuminating guide to the political conflicts of our age teaches the valuable lesson that political choices always involve costs.

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. Sowell's illuminating guide to the political conflicts of our age teaches the valuable lesson that political choices always involve costs. An excellent condensation of two centuries of social thought. A provocative analysis of the conflicting visions of human nature that have shaped the moral, legal and economic life of recent times. Thomas Sowell is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

A Conflict of Visions is a book by Thomas Sowell. Sowell's opening chapter attempts to answer the question of why the same people tend to be political adversaries in issue. Sowell's opening chapter attempts to answer the question of why the same people tend to be political adversaries in issue after issue, when the issues vary enormously in subject matter and sometimes hardly seem connected to one another.

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Thomas Sowell's classic analysis of the opposing visions behind today's ethical and ideological s . A Conflict of Visions offers a compelling case that these opposing visions are behind the ethical and ideological disputes of yesterday and today.

Thomas Sowell's classic analysis of the opposing visions behind today's ethical and ideological s in politics arise from many sources, but the conflicts that endure for generations or centuries show a remarkably consistent pattern.

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Thomas Sowell has achieved an enviable reputation in many different areas of economics. Sowell has made the work of analysis of his book a s straightfor-ward a s possible, since he has carefully constructed it around a central thesis which the title adumbrates. His many works on the economics of immigration, culminating in Ethnic America, have won him a n eminent place in this field. His Knowledge a n d Decisions applies in a comprehensive way the insights of Friedrich A. Hayek to a vast number of social phenomena. What does Sowell mean by a vision? He informs u s that "a vision is.

Shows how social theorists--from William Godwin and Adam Smith in the eighteenth century to John Kenneth Galbraith and Milton Friedman in the twentieth--have based their thinking on two irreconcilable premises: the constrained and unconstrained vision
digytal soul
I would highly recommend Sowell's book to anyone who's interested in gaining a better understanding of the intellectual conservative argument. As a liberal-leaning individual, I rarely get a real take on conservative ideology. I wouldn't say Sowell flipped my perspective, but he certainly allowed me to understand and appreciate the value and sincerity of conservatism beyond the hackneyed hot-takes that flood cable news on both sides of the aisle.
Cildorais
Thomas Sowell is in my opinion one of the most important intellectuals of the XXth century.

He would probably cringe at my assertion, as in this and other books he places severe limits on the "value" of most "intelectual" output. Or more accuratelly, on the value that intellectuals have had on society.

Sowell builds his argument from a simple premise: most political and economic discussions arise from inherently contrasting views on "the nature of man". One the one hand, the "unconstrained" view assigns great weight to reason, and assumes that concern for others can be an important factor fort the funcioning of society.

In contrast with the above, the "constrained" view places emphasis on evolutive learning (individual and social), and is sceptical as regards to altruism and related behavior.

Sowell discussed at lenght the history of these views in economic and political thought, and their impact for understanding the functioning of socienty. His approach is (in my opinion) quite objective, frequently quoting paragraphs from authors of both camps.

Interesting to me is the discussion of marxism, that in constrast to socialism or "social democracy" follows a constrained version of human history, only to be repaced by the "unconstrained" when the ideal comunist state is achieved. In this sense, it is sometimes easier to debate with a died-in the-wool marxist, than with a more ambiguous and " wooly" social democrat.

Sowell builds upon and effectivelly uses the insights derived from Adam Smith's book, as well as Hayek's article on the use of knowledge in society. New and fresh insights are derived.

Sowell also draws on Burke's work on political processes. Indeed, an important strength of his book is his deep undertanding not only of economics, but of political science and law. The term "political economist" is a natural one to label Thomas Sowell.

This is a highly important book. I would say "indispensable", although the author would surely object to this probably dogmatic assertion.
Mr.Twister
I've read most of Sowell's work, but this is a favorite. The author presents his views in an unbiased way; straight forward. As we consider the debates between conservative and progressive policies today, this work always seems to ring true. The views as they are presented will tend to cause your mind to go off on a tangent searching for an application in your own past experience, which can make for some distracted and slow reading, but the language is not difficult, even for the less than scholarly reader. If a person would like to better understand and codify their own views on policy and societal matters, this a great place to start.
Karg
This guy is brilliant.

I have to be careful; he presents his analysis so clearly that I find myself simply accepting at face value. Everything he writes seems to be correct. And he does it all in layman's terms.

I am a huge fan of Thomas Sowell, everything he does, and I don't understand why his name is not as well known as Friedman and other intellectuals.
SmEsH
I am a college professor. For anyone, either liberal or conservative, this is the classic work that explains the basis of our thinking. It is a far cry from the insults and name calling of today, rather a look at the "great debate" of man's nature and the consequences of each view. I felt like I was sitting as a student at the feet of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. It is one of the best and most readable works on this subject that has appeared in decades.
Yozshugore
One of the most important political economy books ever written in my opinion. Confirms Sowell as one of the great contemporary thinkers. Even handed, deeply perceptive, pregnant with valuable insight on almost every page. An essential work in any philosophy/politics/economics degree. Valuable for anyone anywhere on the political spectrum.
Velellan
One of the greatest books ever written about human thinking and perception. Sowell defines the everyday conflicts between the two most common world views in a way that left me edified. I recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in understanding the world and their fellow men better. This book explains mankind's most common disagreements in a way that is shocking and satisfying at the same time.
I have often wondered why certain issues are conflated in modern U.S. political discourse. There is little or no reason that being for an expanded state role in the economy would be connected to being in favor of restricting the ownership of firearms, and there are exceptions, but that is the way the lines are drawn.

In this book, Sowell discusses the ancient division between the constrained and unconstrained views of human nature and of reality and some connections become clear.
A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles ebook
Author:
Thomas Sowell
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Politics & Government
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