Thomas Sowell Talking To Peter Mark Robinson About A Conflict of Visions


Credits: Thomas Sowell, Peter Mark Robinson

Peter Mark Robinson: I'm quoting from A Conflict of Visions. The wise and conscientious individual is conceived to be competent to change outcomes directly. This is the unconstrained vision. I, Barack Obama know whats best for you...this is the way you put it a moment ago...then his sincerity is crucial. Sincerity is so central to an unconstrained vision that it is not readily conceded to adversaries.

Thomas Sowell: That goes back at least 200 years. That people who have a constrained vision understand that people will make mistakes so therefore when someone says something they disagree with they see no need to question his sincerity or honesty or whatever, but for those with the unconstrained vision, what they believe seems so obviously true that if you're standing in the way of it, either you must be incredibly stupid, utterly uninformed, or simply dishonest.

Peter Mark Robinson: Let me read you a few of the terms that have been used to describe Sarah Palin. Liar - Andrew Sullivan, Cancer - David Brooks, Jesus Freak - Bill Maher Is that whats going on here?

Thomas Sowell: Yes...yes. People like that find it very hard to believe that someone else could honestly, sincerely and intelligently reach a different conclusion. They talk about how complex the world is but it never seems to be complex enough that other people could read the same evidence they have and come to a different conclusion.

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