Intellectuals and Society: A Withering and Clear-eyed Critique About (but Not For) Intellectuals That Explores Their Impact on Public Opinion, Policy, and Society at Large

Intellectuals and Society: A Withering and Clear-eyed Critique About (but Not For) Intellectuals That Explores Their Impact on Public Opinion, Policy, and Society at Large

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By (author) Thomas Sowell

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  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 48mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 22 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0465025226
  • ISBN 13: 9780465025220
  • Edition: EnlargedRevised
  • Edition statement: Revised, Enlarged ed.
  • Sales rank: 114,851

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This title offers a withering and clear-eyed critique about (but not for) intellectuals that explores their impact on public opinion, policy, and society at large. It has not been by shaping the opinions or directing the actions of the holders of power that modern intellectuals have most influenced the course of events, but by shaping public opinion in ways that affect the actions of power holders in democratic societies, whether or not those power holders accept the general vision or the particular policies favored by intellectuals. In "Intellectuals and Society", Thomas Sowell not only examines the track record of intellectuals in the things they have advocated but also analyzes the incentives and constraints under which their views and visions have emerged. Ultimately, he shows how often intellectuals have been proved not only wrong, but grossly and disastrously wrong in their prescriptions for the ills of society.

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Thomas Sowell has taught economics at Cornell, UCLA, Amherst, and other academic institutions, and his Basic Economics has been translated into six languages. He is currently a scholar in residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has published in both academic journals and in such popular media as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine, and Fortune, and he writes a syndicated column that appears in newspapers across the US.