In this episode William Gadsden is back in the works of Thomas Sowell, and also Thomas Locke, Hobbes, and Rousseau.
Nuance abounds, but the modern interpretation of the two “warring intellectual classes” is clearly laid out by Thomas Sowell.
The two distinct world views – Vision of the Anointed, and Vision of the Beknighted – For the anointed, society can be perfected by new laws and new controls by the government. Policy can have a cost, but if it creates the end results these ‘anointed’ desire, there is no cost. Also it teeters if not down-right lends itself to a man is the center of the universe ideology, a god complex if you will.
On the other side the beknighted believe they are appointed with a purpose from the people, and that everything has an implicit cost or a trade-off – resources such as time, raw materials, energy, all have trade-offs effects. It’s an act of balance to achieve something but they do see the negative effects that must be accepted to move towards a goal.
Basically, the new religion of ‘The Anointed’ is ever-changing but it is constant in so far as it is their ideology, their desired outcomes realized, because after all man is not brutish, nor corrupted from the start. They are generally good and when enough laws and good social will is thrust on society. They will be the perfect, utopian feel good citizens that we all know they can be … (sure)
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