Monday, September 19, 2016

There are no solutions. There are only trade-offs

Thomas Sowell

A good friend had me read A Conflict of Vision years ago.  It’s balanced but, not a simple read but worth it (kind of like riding uphill continuously).  Especially in light of the severe rhetoric in this year’s election.

Nick Wright’s website has excellent animated explaination of a number of books.  The case for gold, the end of money, Milton Friedman, and others.  But he attempts to explain the basis of Conflict of Visions. Please send the 15 minutes to check out his work.

Dr. Thomas Sowells book, A Conflict of Visions, discusses the ideological roots of modern day political battles. He argues that many of modern day political battles are merely a distant reflections on what we believe human nature is capable of.

The Constrained Vision believes that human nature is unchanging, that we can try all we want to make humans inherently smarter or better, more moral people, but that is doomed.

The Unconstrained Vision believes human nature is capable of continuous improvement. That if we simply put enough effort into ourselves, we’d be ables to make a perfect world.

Watch the Conflict of Visions in the video link below.


Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late.
Thomas Sowell

Goodreads review by Brent:

Sowell presents a compelling argument regarding the root causes for the political divide we find ourselves in, and explains why the two sides continue to talk past one another. Sowell identifies two conflicting "visions" (sets of mostly unexamined presuppositions) and with great care and fairness extrapolates how these visions lead to the political, economic and cultural wars that divide the United States and much of the western world.
Sowell makes no effort to draw conclusions regarding which vision is correct. His purpose is to demonstrate how each side is operating in good faith and in a manner logically consistent with their starting point, and to attempt an explanation at why each can observe the same facts and arrive at such disparate conclusions.
This book has helped me tremendously to understand those with whom I disagree. I still think that they are dead wrong. But now I can understand why we see the world so differently and better understand that we are operating in good faith. It has also helped me better understand my own positions and the visions that unconsciously forms so many of my opinions.

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