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Thank You, Professor Sowell

December 29, 2016 | by: Sam Storms| 1 Comments

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jerome walker

Dec 29, 2016

Bravo! Every one should start with reading Sowell's "Conflict of Visions: the ideological origins of political struggles". There is the "constrained vision" and the "unconstrained vision". The first comparison that Sowell makes between the two is that policies and ideologies are constrained by human nature. The unconstrained vision thinks that human nature can be reformed and educated, while the constrained believes that human nature can only be redeemed, regenerated; the Biblical idea! But in a secular world, since regeneration is impossible, societal man can only be given incentives for civilized behavior. Sowell proceeds to lay out the principles of each ideology drawing on the 17th, 18th and 20th century political thinkers as witnesses of the respective conservative and liberal positions. This is Political Science 101. A must read for anyone who wants to know the what and why conservatives and liberals think the way they do.

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