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One of the most common benedictions of the anointed is the use of the word “science” to describe notions which are consonant with their vision, but which have neither the certainty nor the intellectual rigor of science.

The Vision of the Anointed

Thomas Sowell

Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth."

Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle

In the tragic vision, individual sufferings and social evils are inherent in the innate deficiencies of all human beings, whether these deficiencies are in knowledge, wisdom, morality, or courage. Moreover, the available resources are always inadequate to fulfill all the desires of all the people. Thus there are no “solutions” in the tragic vision, but only trade-offs that still leave many desires unfulfilled and much unhappiness in the world. What is needed in this vision is a prudent sense of how to make the best trade-offs from the limited options available, and a realization that “unmet needs” will necessarily remain—that attempting to fully meet these needs seriatim only deprives other people of other things, so that a society pursuing such a policy is like a dog chasing its tail.

The Vision of the Anointed

Thomas Sowell

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