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The Prophet Thomas

by baldilocks

Thomas Sow­ell, the infor­mal patron saint of con­ser­v­a­tive think­ing, is 85 years old and I think we all are hop­ing that he stays with us a lit­tle while longer. His work has been instru­men­tal in clear­ing up think­ing processes for very many of us.

I read A Con­flict of Visions over ten years ago, a gift from blog fan. Talk about the light bulb com­ing on! Before that, I could not under­stand the actions of Left­ists, espe­cially those who seemed intel­li­gent as long as the topic of pol­i­tics was excluded.

Many other con­ser­v­a­tives cite his The Vision of the Anointed as the pro­ducer of the Light Bulb moment. But, being a baldilocksper­son who likes to see what the foun­da­tions are for an ide­o­log­i­cal struc­ture, I found Con­flict more use­ful; one can say that Con­flict described the seed and Anointed described the tree.

There are many essays out there which define the con­strained and uncon­strained visions as ide­o­log­i­cal bases,but to give short def­i­n­i­tions of the com­pet­ing views for the sake of this post…

Those who hold the con­strained vision of human­ity believe that human nature is fixed and flawed.

Those who hold the uncon­strained vision of human­ity believe that human nature is per­fectible and that human beings them­selves can do the perfecting.

Ever since these descrip­tions entered my con­scious­ness, it has been incred­i­bly easy to apply them to the actions of indi­vid­u­als, politi­cians, orga­ni­za­tions, and gov­ern­ments with respect to how any of these enti­ties view human nature. Side note: many who hold the uncon­strained vision of human­ity don’t even know it.

So what does this have to do with any­thing? Sim­ply this: every policy/​action which the Orga­nized Left has ever advo­cated and which is patently destruc­tive to the Founder-​envisioned USA (BIRM) has Sowell’s Uncon­strained Vision as its foun­da­tional ideology.

I intend to give exam­ples in Saturday’s post.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel, ten­ta­tively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: HER TRIP TO KENYA! Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism — -»»

by baldilocks

Thomas Sowell, the informal patron saint of conservative thinking, is 85 years old and I think we all are hoping that he stays with us a little while longer. His work has been instrumental in clearing up thinking processes for very many of us.

I read A Conflict of Visions over ten years ago, a gift from blog fan. Talk about the light bulb coming on! Before that, I could not understand the actions of Leftists, especially those who seemed intelligent as long as the topic of politics was excluded.

Many other conservatives cite his The Vision of the Anointed as the producer of the Light Bulb moment. But, being a baldilocksperson who likes to see what the foundations are for an ideological structure, I found Conflict more useful; one can say that Conflict described the seed and Anointed described the tree.

There are many essays out there which define the constrained and unconstrained visions as ideological bases,but to give short definitions of the competing views for the sake of this post…

Those who hold the constrained vision of humanity believe that human nature is fixed and flawed.

Those who hold the unconstrained vision of humanity believe that human nature is perfectible and that human beings themselves can do the perfecting.

Ever since these descriptions entered my consciousness, it has been incredibly easy to apply them to the actions of individuals, politicians, organizations, and governments with respect to how any of these entities view human nature. Side note: many who hold the unconstrained vision of humanity don’t even know it.

So what does this have to do with anything? Simply this: every policy/action which the Organized Left has ever advocated and which is patently destructive to the Founder-envisioned USA (BIRM) has Sowell’s Unconstrained Vision as its foundational ideology.

I intend to give examples in Saturday’s post.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: HER TRIP TO KENYA! Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>