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Read online The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy Sowell presents a devastating critique of the mind set behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years Sowell sees what has happened during that time not as a series of isolated mistakes but as a logical consequence of a tainted vision whose defects have led to crises in education crime and family dynamics and to other social pathologies In this book he describes how elites the anointed have replaced facts and rational thinking with rhetorical assertions thereby altering the course of our social policy by Thomas Sowell

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The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
Title:The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
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Number of Pages:320
Category:Politics, Economics, Non fiction, Philosophy, History
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