I am yet to find a book by this man that doesn't teach me something. In this world of victimhood and people who blame their ineptitude on others Thomas Sowell one of the lone voices of reason and logic.
Within this book's context there is no such thing as social justice since justice by its nature is social. It's nothing more than another way for some to profit of the misery of others while pretending to be their saviours.
This is one of the best offering from a man who has earned his title as one of the best minds we've ever had. Brilliantly researched, reasoned, written and narrated.
Is America slowly allowing the government to take away the freedoms of the people? Is the rule of law being whittled away? The issues are very timely to current events. I have a longer review at my blog and have just summarized my feelings here.
Some of the well stated points include: Social justice is not the same as true justice. Justice at all costs is not justice; it always costs someone.
Sowell discusses Traditional Justice v Cosmic Justice. Cosmic Justice often approaches issues with a theoretical stereotype rather than addressing flesh and blood reality. The cosmic arguments focus on emotion rather than objective, factual circumstances. Sowell shares many examples supporting his premise that the Cosmic Justice vision is self-serving as it is unwilling to look at the evidence of application. Cosmic Justice favors the abstract which is at odds with practicality in the everyday.
Sowell projects that there is a quiet repeal of the American Revolution which was based upon ideas of landmark freedom and a democratic society. ... The issues of Cosmic Justice versus Traditional Justice are a seesawing balance of public rights versus private rights. Traditional Justice permits individual rights while Cosmic Justice dictates through controlling requirements. Cosmic Justice is irreconcilable with personal freedom which is based on the Rule of Law.
Cosmic Justice seeks to further government powers while Traditional Justice seeks to maintain individual rights. Expansion of Federal powers erode individual freedoms. Sowell notes that state rights have continually been eroded in 20th century, not by legislation, but by judges. Traditional Justice applies laws. ...
Impartiality of law is being disregarded in the face of Cosmic Justice which results in a political non sequetor, to wit: ‘Things are not right and government should make them right’. Increasing government control (especially Federal) is in conflict with freedoms and rights of the common man who wants to live peaceably in their (hopefully compatible) local communities. Cosmic Justice is pursuing Globalism instead of American rights.
As I listened to this it gave me better insight on the current extreme divide in our social and political views. I do wish that people would agree to civilly disagree. I pray Americans could recognize the privilege we have to live under such a unique system of government and I hope we don’t lose it. I recommend this to anyone interested in the topic. Although I enjoyed the audio, I think a print copy would work for a better resource.
Audio Notes: The narration by Robertson Dean was very well handled. The tone is direct and respectful. He managed to keep my interest in what could be at times a difficult work to follow and digest. I am glad I had the audio although, as noted above, a print copy would be worthwhile too.
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