Monday, January 24, 2011

Reflections: A Conflict of Visions

Adam C. Zern offers his thoughts on Thomas Sowell's A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles:

"Quite honestly, this was the book I didn't know I was waiting for.  Thomas Sowell lucidly and convincingly makes the case that nearly all (with some caveats) political struggles come down to a basic conflict of the visions that is espoused by the participants.  He breaks them into two fundamental groups: the constrained and unconstrained visions.  In our modern vernacular, in which the ideological scale-left to right-is basically useless, Mr. Sowell presents the conflicts in a way that makes intuitive and intellectual sense.

For anyone that wants to begin to understand modern political struggles and the various parties that participate in them, this book is an excellent introduction and significant explanation of why the struggles even exist.  Mr. Sowell explains that one reason why parties and people conflict may simply be because the words they use to discuss and debate-equality, justice, freedom-may have completely different meanings.  In other words, many people don't realize they aren't even debating the same thing.

I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone willing and eager to expand their knowledge of ideology, the importance of ideas, or the political struggles found within any society.

Wonderful book."

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