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A Conflict of Visions : Ideological Origins of Political Struggles
Controversies in politics arise from many sources, but the conflicts that endure for generations or centuries show a remarkably consistent pattern. In this classic work, Thomas Sowell analyzes this pattern. He describes the two competing visions that shape our debates about the nature of reason, justice, equality, and power: the "constrained" vision, which sees human nature as unchanging and selfish, and the "unconstrained" vision, in which human nature is malleable and perfectible. A Conflict of Visions offers a convincing case that ethical and policy disputes circle around the disparity between both outlooks.
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Posted September 25, 2011 by Charles Garrett , Coconut CreekProbably the most enlightening book I've ever read... Without playing sides, Sowell explains why the arguments for left/right political and economic thought keep recycling over and over. You would think one side would have won the argument by now. This has been largely a result of using the same words but assuming different meanings behind them - especially frequently used words like "liberty" and "freedom". Anyone from either end of the political spectrum will better understand their own perspectives as well as "the other guy" from reading this book.
May 14, 2007
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