. . . his progressive project would come to power, Thomas Sowell explained who progressives are, how they operate, why their programs almost always fail, and why the failures never discredit the authors of those failures.
Mr. Sowell did this in The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy (Basic Books 1995). It deserved then, and deserves now -- as the failures of Obamism continue to manifest themselves -- to be much better known, more often read, and better heeded.
I won't abuse the book by trying to summarize it. Here are a few clips to stir your mind and heart: