Thomas Sowell: The Quest for Cosmic Justice

Free Press, 2002 (1999)     Amazon.com

From the Back Cover:

SowellThis is not a comforting book – it is a book about disturbing issues that are urgently important today and enduringly critical for the future. It rejects both “merit” and historical redress as principles for guiding public policy. It shows how “peace” movements have led to war and to needless casualties in those wars. It argues that “equality” is neither right nor wrong, but meaningless. The Quest for Cosmic Justice shows how confused conceptions of justice end up promoting injustice, how confused conceptions of equality end up promoting inequality, and how the tyranny of social visions prevents many people from confronting the actual consequences of their own beliefs and policies. Those consequences include the steady and dangerous erosion of the fundamental principles of freedom – and the quiet repeal of the American revolution.
Reviews:
“In The Quest for Cosmic Justice Thomas Sowell once again displays his distinctive combination of erudition, analytical power, and uncommon sense. He exposes in all its fraudulence the sense of injustice that rebels against inevitable features of human life, producing congeries of utopian reforms that drastically, and futilely, diminish America’s liberties.”  Judge Robert H. Bork
“Thomas Sowell is the most original and important conservative thinker of the late twentieth century, illuming this epoch of conservative triumph over the socialism and racism of the left. The Quest for Cosmic Justice is yet another high point on his heroic journey.”  George Gilder, author of Wealth and Poverty
“Sowell is our leading practitioner of social commentary based on clear-eyed, hardheaded common sense. He provides insights – e.g., intellectuals (‘the anointed’) opt for policies (e.g., disarmament over readiness) that demonstrate their moral superiority – and destroys myths – e.g., mortgage lenders discriminate against blacks – on every issue he touches. Like his previous work, The Quest for Cosmic Justice is an antidote for the temptation to moralistic irrationality in public policymaking. In addition he is a wonderful phrasemaker and a delight to read.”  Lino A. Graglia, author of Disaster by Decree: The Supreme Court Decisions on Race and the Schools
“No one should pronounce on justice or equality again without grappling with Thomas Sowell’s powerful argument. In this book, reflecting a lifetime of wide-ranging research and careful reflection, Sowell makes us understand the differences between results and processes, between ‘cosmic justice’ and traditional justice, between the rule of law and the power to do good. The ratio of insights to words in this book is remarkably high.”  David Boaz, author of Libertarianism: A Primer and editor of The Libertarian Reader
About the Author:
Thomas Sowell is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute and the author of A Personal Odyssey, The Vision of the Anointed, Ethnic America, and several other books. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Forbes, and Fortune and are syndicated in 150 newspapers. He lives in Stanford, California.
JOB:s Comment:
Important truths but too uncritical and superficial with regard to classical liberalism and capitalism.

2 Responses to “Thomas Sowell: The Quest for Cosmic Justice”


  1. 1 Anonym May 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Den här boken finns översatt till svenska och kan köpas av Timbro:

    http://timbro.se/bokhandeln/bocker/jakten-pa-total-rattvisa

    Tesen som drivs i boken har i Sverige främst tagits upp Gunnar Strömmer som efter att ha praktiserat för en libertariansk juridisk-aktivistisktisk organisation i USA grundade en motsvarande organisation här hemma: http://www.centrumforrattvisa.se

    Strömmer var någon gång på 90-talet ordförande i MUF. Sedan dess har han pysslat med juridisk aktivism inom ramen för CFR. CFR har lyckats rätt bra med att påverka både juridisk praxis och styra debatten i rätt riktning. De har genom sin verksamhet fått svenska högskolor och universitet att upphöra att diskriminera baserat på grundval av kön och etniskt ursprung. En väldigt slipad verksamhet där de börjat med att först driva mål där unga kvinnor diskriminerats till förmån för unga män. Nu när vi fått bra juridisk praxis tycker jag dock att de borde börja titta på de dubbelstandarder som finns vid antagningen till polis och brandkår. Där kommer det att bli större strid att få stöd för en likabehandling då tyck-synd-om-grupper kan missgynnas av införande av ett rättvis antagningsförfarande.

    Jag noterade också nyligen att Gunnar Strömmer lett en medborgarskapsutredning för regeringen: http://rod.se/medborgarskap-ska-bli-spr%C3%A5kmorot

  2. 2 Den Väldige May 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Jag kan varmt rekommendera boken som är så bra att man nästan skäms om man av någon anledning måste lägga ifrån sig den en stund. Vill bara påpeka att översättningen av någon anledning är en förkortning av originalet, och att originalet fås rätt billigt på t.ex. amazon.com.


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