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The Quest for Cosmic Justice

Narrated by: Robertson Dean
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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 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 fundamental principles of freedom - amounting to a quiet repeal of the American revolution. The Quest for Cosmic Justice is the summation of a lifetime of study and thought about where we as a society are headed - and why we need to change course before we do irretrievable damage.

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Thomas Sowell at his best!

I thought Thomas Sowell can't get any better. And then I read this book. Simply superb. If you ever feel uneasy at the postulates out the social justice doctrine, if you know it's incorrect but can't find all the right words and reasons, this is the book that reveals and explains all. If you're a social justice warrior fighting against all the people who are 'racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, islamophobic, oppressive, micro-aggressive, top 1%, and 'worse than Hitler', then this book will explain - with exquisite clarity, infallible reason and unambiguous facts - why it might not in fact be the case. Bravo, what a brilliant beginning to 2020!

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  • Objective Reviewr
  • 07-09-2017

Essential reading. Well said.

To achieve peace, prosperity-for-every-person, and justice, we must ask ourselves "What approach to achieving these goals has worked in the past?" That is the question that Sowell answers with his deep knowledge of history -- with well-stated facts.

Many will dismiss his statements out-of-hand because it contradicts their ideology. But if we want to know what works, we must not dismiss the point-of-view that Sowell states so clearly.

Thomas Sowell is an example of diversity-in-action. For a black man to state facts that don't conform to the orthodoxy that is demanded of a black person is a beautiful example of liberated thinking. I admire him greatly and learn so much as I listen to him.

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  • Wayne
  • 05-11-2018

First released 20 years ago & now a classic!

Thomas Sowell defines (traditional) justice as applying the same rules and same standards to everybody. He defines cosmic justice as equalizing the prospects for everybody. Those two concepts are incompatible. You cannot successfully pursue the two concepts simultaneously. Regular/traditional justice simply requires treating everyone the same. Cosmic justice must be tailored to each individual in society and thus requires massive government bureaucracy and power. Sowell notes that many people refer to cosmic justice as social justice, but he notes that the term social justice does not really fit the concept. I recommend this COSMIC JUSTICE to everyone, but if you do not have time for the six hour audiobook consider listening to Dr. Sowell's fifteen minute lecture The Quest for Cosmic Justice which can be easily found on the Internet. The narration of Cosmic Justice by Robertson Dean is superb. Eight-eight year old Thomas Sowell has a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. He grew up in Harlam and attended all black secondary schools. He has written many books, most of which are available at Audible, on economics and other topics. For many years he wrote a weekly syndicated newspaper column and many of his columns have been republished in book format. Dr. Sowell is a national treasure!

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  • Attackgirl
  • 04-02-2020

Brilliant as Always

A solid, life long, brilliant performer #thomasSowell PhD. whose “colleague’s sloppy action galvanized” him into action and we get to reap the benefit. @HooverInst @UChicago @Columbia @Harvard @freepress

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  • Elyrr Feliz
  • 21-02-2018

Powerful, and Thorough

Powerful and Thorough look at social justice and the policies that stem from it, as well as their intentions and dangers. A great book.

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  • TX_CHIC
  • 22-03-2018

Enjoyed from beginning to end and will read again!

Historically I've struggled to find the time to research and pull together the history and data I knew was out there needed to defend conservative philosophy. This book, recommended by Ben Shapiro does just that. Well done. I intend to reread this several times because there so much in it when you consider all the supporting evidence that's between the lines. Highly recommended reading...or listening.

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  • Wrath
  • 14-07-2020

Simply Terrific.

An indispensable read, that gives one much needed perspective and facts, on all the contemporary social justice crusades.

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  • Mike W
  • 24-04-2018

What a fantastic book.

So much wisdom and truth. I thought it was written a couple years ago. It was so contemporary. Thomas Sowell has a fine mind that is put to good use, and for our benefit . Thank you Mr Sowell!

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  • Katie Hall
  • 13-01-2019

Cosmic justice

Thomas Sowell is an American treasure with a deeply analytical and articulate gift for explaining what is driving the dangerous push toward Socialism. collectivism and Marxism.

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  • Mark
  • 06-08-2018

Sowell gets it...

As humans, it's embarrassing that we put "pundits" on the news but not someone like Thomas Sowell. Dude gets it. Read as many of his books as you can...regardless of political affiliation. Dude just gets it, and is a very clear and amazing writer to boot.

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  • AmazonCensorsConservatives
  • 02-08-2018

Thomas Sowell 2020!

Thomas Sowell is one of the wisest minds living today. An utterly brilliant economist, social theorist, and political philosopher, he would have my vote for POTUS every time. Trump should nominate him to his cabinet and give him free reign on economic policy. His vast knowledge of history and unmatched proficiency in statistical analysis cuts right through the dishonest leftist agenda. A must-read.

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  • Mark
  • 07-06-2018

Amazing

Few people can articulate the truth like Thomas Sowell. His justification that man cannot redress the inherent disparities of life is irrefutable. A must read.

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  • mabvuto zulu
  • 23-12-2019

Brilliant Execution by Thomas Sowell

If I could rate 10 stars for the book I would. This is a must read for everyone interested in current debates including gender issues, economic disparities, social justice, economics and politics. A must have tool to help you navigate contemporary thinking . I consider Thomas Sowell one of the greatest philosophers of our times.

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  • Dee
  • 06-11-2018

Tyranny is fast approaching

This books beautifully illustrates how the quest for cosmic (social) justice will inevitably end in tyranny. The signs are all around us, more so we’re complicit in the erosion of our freedoms.

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  • Y. Syed
  • 05-05-2018

Should be read in all schools …

This is essential, evidence based wisdom, on the subject of Cosmic (social) justice. It is essential that all people understand just how costly and unjust social just is!