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The Quest for Cosmic Justice
Thomas Sowell - Feb 05, 2002 (first published in 1999)
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This book is about the great moral issues underlying many of the headline-making political controversies of our times. It is not a comforting book but a book about disturbing and dangerous trends. The Quest for Cosmic Justice shows how confused conceptions of justice end up promoting injustice, how confused conceptions of equality end up promoting ...
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Aug 04, 2020
This is an excellent survey of @ThomasSowell by @coldxman. I've read many of his books and agree with @sapinker that Sowell is an underrated writer. I highly recommend to everyone his books A Conflict of Visions and Quest for Cosmic Justice     source
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A Conflict Of Visions
Thomas Sowell - Jan 03, 2002 (first published in 1986)
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Controversies in politics arise from many sources, but the conflicts that endure for generations or centuries show a remarkably consistent pattern. In this classic work, Thomas Sowell analyzes this pattern. He describes the two competing visions that shape our debates about the nature of reason, justice, equality, and power: the "constrained" visio...
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Aug 04, 2020
This is an excellent survey of @ThomasSowell by @coldxman. I've read many of his books and agree with @sapinker that Sowell is an underrated writer. I highly recommend to everyone his books A Conflict of Visions and Quest for Cosmic Justice     source
The Vision of the Anointed
Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
Thomas Sowell - Jun 28, 1996 (first published in 1995)
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Thomas Sowell's provocative critique of liberalism's failures The Vision of the Anointed is a devastating critique of the mind-set behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years. Thomas Sowell sees what has happened not as a series of isolated mistakes but as a logical consequence of a vision whose defects have led to disasters in educa...
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Aug 04, 2020
@SarKE @coldxman I've read a lot of his works and those are my two favorites. His book on Affirmative Action was fascinating, but I thought he overstated some claims. Visions of the Anointed is also wonderful, but it's more of a polemic (it's a good polemic, but not everyone's cup of tea)     source
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The Lubavitcher Rebbe's Transformative Paradigm for the World (Jewish Spiritual Traditions and Contempo)
Philip Wexler - Jul 06, 2019
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Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994), known as the Lubavitcher Rebbe, was one of the most influential personalities of the 20th century and the only rabbi ever awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. Despite wide recognition of Schneerson's impact, this is the first volume to seriously explore his social ideas and activism. Schneerson not onl...
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Jul 22, 2020
I admit, part of why I like the book is that it relies on resources with which I'm already familiar: Wolfson's spectacular Open Secret and the works of Max Weber. The other part is I really love reading well-written books     source
The Righteous Mind
Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Jonathan Haidt - Feb 12, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossiblechallenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows ...
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Jul 09, 2020
@Emmyjewel @JonHaidt Righteous Mind is an even better book IMO     source
The Fractured Republic
Renewing America's Social Contract in the Age of Individualism
Yuval Levin - May 23, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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Americans today are frustrated and anxious. Our economy is sluggish, and leaves workers insecure. Income inequality, cultural divisions, and political polarization increasingly pull us apart. Our governing institutions often seem paralyzed. And our politics has failed to rise to these challenges. No wonder, then, that Americans -- and the politicia...
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Jun 26, 2020
Also, see Yuval Levin's excellent book. Our Fractured Republic on the role of nostalgia. To answer @DanielJHannan's point directly, I'd say it's one of those hyperbolic things people say for effect w/o actually thinking things through.     source
Evil
Roy Baumeister - Mar 19, 1999 (first published in 1996)
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Why is there evil, and what can scientific research tell us about the origins and persistence of evil behavior? Considering evil from the unusual perspective of the perpetrator, Baumeister asks, How do ordinary people find themselves beating their wives? Murdering rival gang members? Torturing political prisoners? Betraying their colleagues to the ...
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Dec 14, 2019
4. Favorite Book 1: Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty by @RoyFBaumeister. A social psychologist explores how humans perceive the concept of Evil     source
Inventing Human Rights
A History
Lynn Hunt - Apr 16, 2008 (first published in 2007)
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How were human rights invented, and how does their tumultuous history influence their perception and our ability to protect them today? From Professor Lynn Hunt comes this extraordinary cultural and intellectual history, which traces the roots of human rights to the rejection of torture as a means for finding the truth. She demonstrates how ideas o...
Rabbi Josh Yuter
Oct 15, 2019
@IonaItalia It's a wonderful book. Took my "Most Favorite Read" spot a couple years ago.     source