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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Thomas Sowell

Narrated By: Tom Weiner

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: August 2010

Duration: 9 hours 23 minutes


In this devastating critique of the mindset behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years, Thomas Sowell sees what has happened not as a series of isolated mistakes, but as a logical consequence of a vision whose defects have led to disasters in education, crime, family disintegration, and more. This is an empirical study in which "politically correct" theory is repeatedly confronted with facts, and the sharp contradictions between the two are explained in terms of a set of self-congratulatory assumptions held by political and intellectual elites. These elites—the anointed—often consider themselves "thinking people," but this thinking is actually rhetorical assertion, followed by evasions of mounting evidence against these assertions. The vision of the anointed is seen not merely as a failure but as a fatal danger to the values and the future of American society.

"An important and incisive book."—New York Times Book Review


  • A Daniel P

    Thomas Sowell is one of the brilliant minds of our time and this book is a Sowell tour de force. This should be required reading for everyone in America and could be the subject of required political science course. Sowell’s insight and perspective into the zeitgeist of modern American is nothing short of genius.

  • Chris B

    An absolute gem, like of of Dr sowell' work. I would recommend this book to everyone, and then recommend Jordan Peterson' upcoming online anti pc university to educate yourself and your children, and switch off the indoctrination box.