The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation As a Basis for Social Policy. Basic Books, New York, 1996.
Sowell presents a devastating critique of the mind-set behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years [1966-1996]. Sowell sees what has happened during that time not as a series of isolated mistakes but as a logical consequence of a tainted vision whose defects have led to crises in education, crime, and family dynamics, and to other social pathologies. In this book, he describes how elites — the anointed — have replaced facts and rational thinking with rhetorical assertions, thereby altering the course of our social policy.