The Quest for Cosmic Justice

The Quest for Cosmic Justice This 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 f

  • Title: The Quest for Cosmic Justice
  • Author: Thomas Sowell
  • ISBN: 9780684864631
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • This 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,This 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.

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    1. As a young conservative in the 1980s, I was a cheerleader for Thomas Sowell's work. It was a bit of a surprise, then, to see him using so many of the same arguments in this book, almost verbatim from his earlier works. Like many conservatives, Sowell writes very much as if he's stuck in the debates of the 1970s. As in many of his econ books, the options here are economic extremes, Cold War extremes; it's always a choice between a free market and a Stalinist command economy. Even his examples rem [...]

    2. Всички искаме равенство. Но какво представлява равенството? Равенство на всички пред закона и еднакви възможности за всички? Оказва се, вече не.В „В търсене на върховната справедливост“ (което е единственият имащ някакъв близък до английското заглавие смисъл превод, койт [...]

    3. In my humble opinion, Dr. Thomas Sowell is one of the most brilliant men in America today. His book should be read and re-read. The importance of what he was arguing when he first wrote it, became even more acute today. Our schools are now grounds for social justice warriors who are destroying the minds and character of our children. The merit system in which men such as Dr. Sowell, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln were raised, has been almost completely dismantled. Two plus two no longer ma [...]

    4. It took me a decent while to figure out what was so strange about this book. I was reading it, would be like "Yeah, that makes sense -- good point. Good argument. Valid idea." Then I'd put it down and immediately think "something seems fishy here." Eventually I determined what was bothering me: there was a distinct lack of a sufficient counter-argument. The information and argument were presented in such a way that anyone who denied them was someone ridiculous, someone who is blind, someone who [...]

    5. For me, the book had two main counterpoints:1) THE GOODThe book presents a very interesting core hypothesis, one I'd never actually encountered before, which is that when people casually use the words "justice" and "equality", there are actually two fundamentally different meanings for these words - and amazingly, not just different but also *incompatible* with each other. The consequences of this range from the lesser, like friends talking past each other in an argument at a complete loss as to [...]

    6. Sowell discusses two very different conceptions of justice in this thoughtful and important book. The traditional concept is that the rules or standards are known to all participants and applied equally. Rewards and punishments are doled out based on these widely known, equally applicable rules. Sowell argues that this is the concept known to the founding fathers and the one that works best in practice. The amount of knowledge required to implement this form of justice is manageable—-one need [...]

    7. Thomas Sowell is an economist at Stanford University. He has a popular blog on economics and politics. I like his writings because they are practical and accessible to someone like me with no background in economics. In this book, he discusses how our quest for cosmic justice actually brings about greater inequality and social injustice. There is no such thing as cosmic justice since none of us are gods and can't change the laws of the universe. Emotions tend to cloud our judgment as we seek to [...]

    8. The first half of the book is really excellent; the writing is crisp, the ideas are fresh and well presented, and the examples are apt and un-obvious. I think Sowell has gotten hold of one of the really key differences between right-wing and left-wing views of the world, and he explains it very clearly.The second half is quite good, but one gets the sense that the author is a bit of a cranky grandparent complaining about everything that he's impatient with. And while the impatience is justified, [...]

    9. Sowell hits it out of the park. The most interesting parts to me were the discussions of pacifism in the early 20th century. Sowell has drunk the Bork kool-aid about judicial restraint; but other than that, it's a terrific tome.

    10. Typical Libertarian attack on social policy with a bunch of anecdotal illustrations and plenty of straw man arguments.

    11. “A society that puts equality – in the sense of equality of outcomes – ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.” Milton Friedman“In short, traditional justice is about impartial processes rather than either results or prospects.”“The challenge of determining the net balance of num [...]

    12. "The Quest for Cosmic Justice" is another quality work by Thomas Sowell. The book is made up of three essays adapted for a popular audience, but the three essays are intertwined and explore the same general theme. There are two different definitions of justice, and many arguments and disagreements can be traced back to the different definitions. One conception of justice means that everyone should be treated the same and should play by the same rules. This is traditional justice. The other conce [...]

    13. This book was recently suggested to me by a fellow blog commenter who assumed I'd read it from the point I was making. As much as I love Thomas Sowell's writings, I decided to rectify that mistake, and am glad I did, as once again he explains important matters in simple ways anyone WILLING to learn can follow.I then recommended it to another commenter on a different topic in economics, who was very confidently trashing everyone else's ideas as being unproven, while offering no proof of his own b [...]

    14. This book is my least favorite of all of Sowell's books I've read thus far. There were parts that I thought were brilliant, but most of the book I found lacking the clarity of which I expect of Sowell's writing. I will admit it may be a personal weakness in that I associate the use of the word cosmic with mystical applications, but I struggled following his defense of the problems caused by the quest for cosmic justice. I do not believe I had any/many points of contention with his conclusions, I [...]

    15. The Quest of Cosmic Justice is a collection of four essays written by Thomas Sowell.The first essay in the book (titled like the book) is an interesting essay about social justice. It starts by defining what social justice is and what it is not. While social justice is often distinguished from "normal" justice as being about righting ills, the proponents of social justice aren't the only ones that care about wealth disparity or other disparities. Those are all universal sentiments. How proponent [...]

    16. Awesome. Thomas Sowell put this book out in the mid-1990s, many years before such terms as 'social justice' were en vogue. Professor Sowell does a superb job of detailing how judical activism is undermining federalism, separation of powers, and individual freedom(s) the Consitition was written to protect.

    17. Amazing readThought provoking king and insightful. The use of logic and rational as well as real events help present and support his position on social justice.

    18. In my opinion, one of the best thinkers of the modern age. Sowell's writing is clear, concise, and cuts like a knife. This book is close to perfect.

    19. Definitely a worthwhile read. The book presents some disturbing ideas but that only spurs the reader to think about those same ideas.

    20. A great book if you are of like mind with Sowell; an absolutely indispensable, remedial, must-read book if you are not.

    21. The Quest for Cosmic Justice by Thomas Sowell[return][return]Chastising the Self-Anointed…. June 27, 2000[return][return]Thomas Sowell may be one of the most despised black men in America-despised by extremist liberals, black and white, because Sowell has devoted his abilities to exposing their destructive ideologies of social redemption as counterproductive to the best interests of all Americans. Widely known for his provocative, nationally syndicated newspaper articles and other books, he fo [...]

    22. Many people think, or like to think, the choices are between good and evil, however with this way of thinking they tend to miss the problem of choosing something that sounds better over something that actually does better. This book helps clear out some of those misconceptions with examples from all over the world and all through history. It argues for healthy productive processes rather than fancy sounding ideals that don't actually look at the results they produce, but instead choose to focus [...]

    23. I have never encountered a thinker like Thomas Sowell before. So clear. So powerful. What challenging and invigorating ideas this man has to share!

    24. I read this book because the library did not have Race and Economics also by Sowell. I was interested in Sowell after reading Justice Thomas' autobiography, in which states that he came to many of his policy positions after reading Sowell.This has an interesting premise that intellectual liberal elite screw things up when they try to fix problems because (1) they don't look at statistics on the after effects; (2) they don't know what regular people are up to; and (3) that they're goals are unatt [...]

    25. I intentionally did not rate this book simply because I don't feel qualified to do so. This book left me perplexed as a newcomer to works on economics and more academic handlings of topics related to social justice. Sowell makes somewhat compelling arguments regarding liberal visions of cosmic justice; that they are light on facts, heavy on emotion, and championed by those intent on demonizing their detractors.Unfortunately, Sowell spends most of his time purporting his own stance in a manner th [...]

    26. Sowell brings together themes from his other works that he explored in more detail there. But this is a very good Sowell overview. If you are concerned about justice and oppression, then please, please take some time to read this little book from cover to cover.For a defense of intellectual humility, the complexity of human life, the pluralism of life experiences, and importance of all of the little things that we take for granted, I put this book up there with Lewis's An Experiment in Criticism [...]

    27. I almost want to give this 5 stars but there were a few spots where I thought his logic was lacking or oversimplified, so I will give 4. It is a book written for the common reader, rewritten from an academic paper, so perhaps we can forgive the oversimplification, but there were a few logically strange points that still bugged me even given that, Nonetheless, I really really enjoyed this book, and I'm glad I read it. It made me want to start thinking about econ againof course before I could do s [...]

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