marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

The Vision of the Anointed

The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy by Thomas Sowell

An analysis of certain processes in modern day thought.

The logic by which crusaders demand certain laws or institutions or changes to effect X -- their critics say it will instead produce Z -- it is implemented, and Z results, and the crusaders without losing a beat claim that their reforms mean that it's not worse than it appears.

The problems of assuming that the causal effects have much, if anything, to do with the intentions of those who implement a program

The tendency to declare some things categorically more important than others and so pursuing them at all costs -- including human lives.

Common rhetorical fallacies.

And much more. A good book.
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