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Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell [Full Audiobook]

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Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell [Full Audiobook]

This is a study of how intellectuals as a class affect modern societies by shaping the climate of opinion in which official policies develop, on issues ranging from economics to law to war and peace.

The thesis of Intellectuals and Society is that the influence of intellectuals is not only greater than in previous eras but also takes a very different form from that envisioned by those like Machiavelli and others who have wanted to directly influence rulers. 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. Even government leaders with disdain or contempt for intellectuals have had to bend to the climate of opinion shaped by those intellectuals.

Intellectuals and Society 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. One of the most surprising aspects of this study is how often intellectuals have been proved not only wrong, but grossly and disastrously wrong in their prescriptions for the ills of society-- and how little their views have changed in response to empirical evidence of the disasters entailed by those views.
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Intellectuals and Race by Thomas Sowell [Full Audiobook]

Intellectuals and Race is a radical book in the original sense of one that goes to the root of the problem. The role of intellectuals in racial strife is explored in an international context that puts the American experience in a wholly new light.

The views of individual intellectuals have spanned the spectrum, but the views of intellectuals as a whole have tended to cluster. Indeed, these views have clustered at one end of the spectrum in the early twentieth century and then clustered at the opposite end of the spectrum in the late twentieth century. Moreover, these radically different views of race in these two eras were held by intellectuals whose views on other issues were very similar in both eras.

Intellectuals and Race is not, however, a book about history, even though it has much historical evidence, as well as demographic, geographic, economic and statistical evidence-- all of it directed toward testing the underlying assumptions about race that have prevailed at times among intellectuals in general, and especially intellectuals at the highest levels. Nor is this simply a theoretical exercise. The impact of intellectuals' ideas and crusades on the larger society, both past and present, is the ultimate concern. These ideas and crusades have ranged widely from racial theories of intelligence to eugenics to social justice and multiculturalism.

In addition to in-depth examinations of these and other issues, Intellectuals and Race explores the incentives, the visions and the rationales that drive intellectuals at the highest levels to conclusions that have often turned out to be counterproductive and even disastrous, not only for particular racial or ethnic groups, but for societies as a whole.
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Thomas Sowell on the second edition of Intellectuals and Society

On the occasion of the publication of a new edition of his book Intellectuals and Society, Thomas Sowell returns to Uncommon Knowledge for a wide-ranging interview.
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Thomas Sowell on Intellectuals and Society

The author of more than a dozen books, Dr. Sowell is now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. In his newest work, Intellectuals and Society, he will discuss why so many disasters of our time have been committed by experts or intellectuals. You may remember FDRs Brain Trust which according to later studies is a prolonged the depression by several years. The wiz kids at the pentagon under McNamara who managed to mess up the Vietnam War, you can run through an impressive list of things, of disasters brought about by people with very high IQs
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00:00 Intro (bla bla bla)
00:44 Lefties are Idiots. And Righties are Mean
02:15 A strategic alliance
02:46 What do those who study the social sciences and humanities have in common?
03:08 Specialised knowledge vs. distributed knowledge
04:46 Physical products vs. Ideas
04:13 Narratives and filtering knowledge, and the people involved in the situation
06:06 How to make peace not war
06:56 Which countries tend to be totalitarian or fascist?
07:13 My opinions
08:08 I don’t want to be slave

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Le livre Intellectuals and Society: Revised and Expanded Edition

Sears case

It was a lacrosse team, not football or rugby.

This is an example of an article shaming the women who came to the male team’s defense.

Intererestingly, some of the articles he cited weren’t to be found on the internet. Also some articles linked to on the Duke website are also nowhere to be found. (today.duke.edu/2006/05/clips052506.html)

Re Charity. I have not read this book myself. It was a citation by Sowell



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Intellectuals and Society Full Audiobook

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Intellectuals and Society is a non-fiction book by Thomas Sowell.[1][2] The book was initially published on January 5, 2010 by Basic Books.
Intellectuals are defined as idea workers that exercise profound influence on policy makers and public opinion, but are often not directly accountable for the results. Intellectuals and Society examines the record of these idea workers and the conditions, methods and incentives driving their points of view that, according to Sowell, have often resulted in disaster for societies where intellectuals have been allowed undue influence.

00:00:01 Prologue
00:05:06 Chapter 1- Intellect & Intellectuals
00:06:48 Intelligence vs Intellect
00:08:26 Defining Intellectuals
00:15:01 Ideas & Accountability
00:23:33 Chapter 2- Knowledge & Notions
00:29:05 Competing Concepts of Knowledge (special knowledge vs mundane knowledge)
00:33:48 Concentration & Dispersion of Knowledge
00:49:57 Experts
00:58:45 The Role of Reason (reason and justification)
01:08:33 “One Day at a Time” Rationalism
01:14:00 Chapter 3- Intellectuals & Economics
01:17:21 Income Distribution
01:30:10 Moral Considerations
01:38:28 The Poor as Consumers
01:43:33 Economic Systems
02:03:19 Government Intervention
02:22:00 Business Power or Control
02:42:15 Chapter 4- Intellectuals & Social Visions
02:44:13 A Conflict of Visions ⭐️
(vision of the anointed [unconstrained] vs the tragic vision [constrained])
02:53:38 Arguments Without Arguments
03:00:22 Unworthy Opponents
03:10:29 The Rhetoric of Rights
03:15:44 The Left/ Right Dichotomy
03:37:04 “Change” vs the Status Quo
03:42:38 Rhetoric vs Revealed Preferences
03:51:52 Youth & Age
03:57:29 Notions vs Principles
04:02:36 Abstract People in an Abstract World⭐️ (abstract equality)
04:16:50 Chapter 5- Optional Reality in Academia and Media
04:17:22 Filtering Reality
04:22:20 Suppressing Facts (ex Gun control, burned churches, starving kids)
04:41:00 Fictitious People (ex Hoover, Truman, Clarence Thomas; nations- India)
05:03:11 Verbal Cleansing ⭐️
05:09:13 Objectivity vs Impartiality
05:13:13 Subjective “Truth”
05:18:58 The Invidious and the Dramatic
05:25:42 The Dramatic (changing gas prices, intellectuals and common sense)
05:38:52 Chapter 6- Intellectuals & The Law
05:42:20 Changing the Law
05:46:23 The Constitution and the Courts (courts vs private property, courts and social justice)
05:59:55 Judicial Activism (Dredd Scott/ Wickard v Filburn/ United Steel workers v Weber)(Social Justice- Pound and Brandeis)(redefining judicial restraint w/ activism)
06:18:33 Judicial Restraint & Original Intent
06:30:48 Results of Results Doctrines
06:33:26 Burdens of Proof
06:45:10 Property Rights
06:55:15 Crime ⭐️ (“root cause” theory, imprisonment, Britain, alternatives to incarceration)
07:20:31 Chapter 7- Intellectuals & War
07:24:30 The First World War (Progressives and WWI)
07:30:32 America at War
07:45:51 The Second World War (Pacifism & intellectuals, disarmament-moral/military, the fall of France)
08:27:06 Responses to International Crisis
08:37:35 The Outbreak of War
08:41:53 Chapter 8- Intellectuals & War, Repeating History
08:49:35 Replaying the 1930s
08:51:59 The Vietnam War
09:08:01 The Cold War
09:23:08 The Cold War Intelligentsia
09:36:00 The Iraq Wars
09:54:12 Patriotism & National Honor
10:06:19 Chapter 9- Intellectuals & Society
10:11:53 Incentives & Constraints
10:12:18 The Supply of Public Intellectuals
10:17:11 The Demand for Public Intellectuals
10:21:23 The Influence of Intellectuals (reason or force, vision of the anointed in academia and media, protest/“community” organization, schools)
10:39:55 Constraints
10:42:36 Government
10:53:11 Social Cohesion ⭐️
11:00:01 Localization of Evil (“agents of change”, slavery)
11:09:15 The Propagation of the Vision (summary of prominent effects the intelligentsia has had 11:10:50)
11:16:08 Summary & Implications
11:23:10 Conclusion

'Intellectuals and Race' by Thomas Sowell (Full Audiobook)

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Intellectuals and Society (Audiobook) by Thomas Sowell

Get full version of this audiobook for free(30 day free trial) Politics & Social Sciences AudioBooksIntellectuals and Society (Audiobook) by Thomas Sowell Reviews:Publisher's SummaryThis is a study of how intellectuals as a class affect modern societies by shaping the climate of opinion in which official policies develop, on issues ranging from economics to law to war and peace. The thesis of Intellectuals and Society is that the influence of intellectuals is not only greater than in previous eras but also takes a very different form from that envisioned by those like Machiavelli and others who have wanted to directly influence rulers. 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. Even government leaders with disdain or contempt for intellectuals have had to bend to the climate of opinion shaped by those intellectuals. Intellectuals and Society 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. One of the most surprising aspects of this study is how often intellectuals have been proved not only wrong, but grossly and disastrously wrong in their prescriptions for the ills of society-- and how little their views have changed in response to empirical evidence of the disasters entailed by those views.©2009 Thomas Sowell (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.You can download Intellectuals and Society (Audiobook) by Thomas Sowell and read offline for free after subscribe to audible
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Black Rednecks and White Liberals Thomas Sowell Audio book

This audiobook challenges many of the long-held assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans and Nazis, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on the trendy intellectuals of our times as well as historic interpreters of American life.

Through a series of essays, Sowell presents an in-depth look at key beliefs behind many policies and trends. He presents eye-opening insights into the development of the ghetto culture, a culture cheered on toward self-destruction by white liberals who consider themselves friends of blacks. Black Rednecks and White Liberals are the capstone of decades of outstanding research and writing on racial and cultural issues by Thomas Sowell.

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00:00:34 Preface
00:05:34 Chapter 1- Black R & White Liberals????
00:11:03 Culture
00:19:34 Pride & Violence
00:34:58 Economic Activity
00:54:50 Intellectual Activity
00:58:41 Sexual Activity
01:00:50 Religion
01:06:55 Black Red (01:22:59 Disintegration of the black family)
01:25:38 New England Enclaves
01:38:30 Internal Cultural Differences
01:49:45 External Relations
02:04:33 White Liberals
02:06:44 Blaming Others ⭐️
02:15:14 Misconceptions of History
02:19:01 The Identity Fetish
02:23:41 Summary & Implications
02:33:01 Chapter 2- Are J*ws Generic? ????
02:36:17 The Economic Role
02:44:35 The Economic Fallacy
02:48:31 Social Prerequisites
03:03:07 Economic Success
03:20:29 Social Patterns
03:20:57 Family Ties
03:25:34 Patterns Within Groups
03:35:13 Education
03:44:00 Political Activity
03:48:16 Summary & Implications
04:15:38 Chapter 3- The Real History of Slavery ????
04:29:24 Western & Nonwestern Societies
04:55:10 The Moral Dimensions of Slavery
05:14:01 Selective Moral Indignation
05:22:51 Anachronistic Morality (complications w/ abolition)⭐️ (founding fathers 05:37:11, constitution 6:00:28)
06:02:49 Social Consequences in Different Societies
06:05:27 The Legacy of Slavery (economic 06:05:42, social and psychological 06:10:08)
06:17:50 Summary & Implications
06:34:57 Chapter 4- Germans & History ????
06:37:34 Germans Before Germany
06:51:55 German Culture
06:52:47 Craft Skills
06:57:08 Cultural Persistence
07:04:52 Education
07:06:19 The German Nation
07:11:47 Political Developments
07:15:42 The Volksdeutsche
07:20:44 Nationalism & N*zism
07:24:45 Racial Fanaticism
07:39:38 Summary & Implications
07:44:35 Chapter 5- Black Education- Achievements, Myths, & Tragedies ⭐️????
07:45:49 Schools- Past Achievements
07:46:18 High Performing Schools (fall of Dunbar 07:58:23)
08:14:28 Schools-Contemporary Achievements ⭐️ (08:16:32 Jaime Escalante)
08:25:50 Myths & Tragedies (critical mass/diversity, euro/afrocentricism, racial role models)
08:34:11 History
08:38:16 Cultural Handicaps
08:44:29 Higher Education
08:50:34 The Du Bois/ Washington Controversy
08:59:54 Black Colleges
09:09:06 White Colleges
09:11:55 Summary & Implications
09:22:35 Chapter 6- History vs Visions⭐️????
09:27:19 History & Causation
09:28:02 External vs Internal Explanations (privilege/advantage, prejudice, poverty, western institutions, “self hate”)
09:46:40 Pride vs Self Hate (Scotts-Japanese cultural cringe)
09:47:31 Scotland
09:51:58 Japan
09:55:28 Black Americans
10:01:04 Cosmic Justice (& Injustice)⭐️
10:11:55 The West in History (10:13:52 conquest)
10:19:44 Western Cultural Values
10:31:42 Summary & Implications ⭐️

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The Sane Society - Erich Fromm - Part 1 (FULL Audiobook with Links)

The Sane Society is a continuation and extension of the brilliant psychiatric concepts Erich Fromm first formulated in Escape from Freedom; it is also, in many ways, an answer to Freud's Civilization and its Discontents. Fromm examines man's escape into overconformity and the danger of robotism in contemporary industrial society: modern humanity has, he maintains, been alienated from the world of their own creation. Here Fromm offers a complete and systematic exploration of his humanistic psychoanalysis. In so doing, he counters the profound pessimism for our future that Freud expressed and sets forth the goals of a society in which the emphasis is on each person and on the social measures designed to further function as a responsible individual.

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“A courageous book with a high moral objective...an unflinching indictment of contemporary society.” ―Guide to Psychiatric and Psychological Literature

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Erich Fromm was a German-born U.S. psychoanalyst and social philosopher who explored the interaction between psychology and society. His works include The Art of Loving, Love, Sexuality, and Matriarchy, and Man for Himself. He died in 1980.

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Basic Economics Part III-IV Audiobook

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The bestselling citizen's guide to economics

Basic Economics is a citizen's guide to economics, written for those who want to understand how the economy works but have no interest in jargon or equations. Bestselling economist Thomas Sowell explains the general principles underlying different economic systems: capitalist, socialist, feudal, and so on. In readable language, he shows how to critique economic policies in terms of the incentives they create, rather than the goals they proclaim. With clear explanations of the entire field, from rent control and the rise and fall of businesses to the international balance of payments, this is the first book for anyone who wishes to understand how the economy functions.

This fifth edition includes a new chapter explaining the reasons for large differences of wealth and income between nations.

Drawing on lively examples from around the world and from centuries of history, Sowell explains basic economic principles for the general public in plain English.

0:00:00 PART III: WORK AND PAY
0:00:06 Chapter 10: Productivity and Pay
1:05:10 Chapter 11: Minimum Wage Laws
1:36:58 Chapter 12: Special Problems in Labor
2:52:12 PART IV: TIME AND RISK
2:52:18 Chapter 13: Investment
4:12:12 Chapter 14: Stocks, Bonds and Insurance
5:27:26 Chapter 15: Special Problems of Time and Risk

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