10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't by Benjamin Wiker

By Benjamin Wiker

You've heard of the "Great Books"?
These are their evil opposites. From Machiavelli's The Prince to Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto to Alfred Kinsey's Sexual habit within the Human Male, those "influential" books have ended in conflict, genocide, totalitarian oppression, kinfolk breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And but those authors' undesirable rules are nonetheless renowned and pervasive--in truth, they could impression your personal pondering with no your figuring out it. the following with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker. In his scintillating new e-book, 10 Books That Screwed Up the area (And five Others that did not Help), he seizes each one of those evil books by way of its malignant middle and exposes it to the sunshine of day. during this witty, discovered, and provocative exposé, you will learn:

* Why Machiavelli's The Prince was once the muse for a protracted checklist of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on technique "proved" God's lifestyles basically through making Him a construction of our personal ego
* How Hobbes' Leviathan ended in the idea that we have got a "right" to no matter what we want
* Why Marx and Engels's Communist Manifesto may possibly win the award for the main malicious ebook ever written
* How Darwin's The Descent of guy proves he meant "survival of the fittest" to be utilized to human society
* How Nietzsche's past stable and Evil issued the decision for an international governed exclusively by means of the "will to power"
* How Hitler's Mein Kampf was once one of those "spiritualized Darwinism" that bills for his genocidal anti-Semitism
* How the pansexual paradise defined in Margaret Mead's Coming of Age in Samoa grew to become out to be a construction of her personal sexual confusions and aspirations
* Why Alfred Kinsey's Sexual habit within the Human Male was once easily autobiography masquerading as science

Witty, stunning, and instructive, 10 Books That Screwed Up the area deals a brief schooling at the worst principles in human history--and how we will stay away from them within the future.

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20 As civil society is based on injustice and law is merely a tool for the rich to keep their riches, then rebellion of the have-nots is always justified. They have nothing to lose but their chains. Voila, the French Revolution . . and we are also back to Marx. Let us count up the evils we should lay at Rousseau's door with his Discourse on the Origin and Foundations ofInequality among Men. We have seen the connections to Marx, and so we'll put off until the next chapter a further discussion of the evils of Marxism.

Communism ! The main difference between Rousseau and Marx is that Marx thought technology could ultimately provide the kind of idleness and plenty that Rousseau identified only with our original condi­ tion. Marx therefore believed that human progress through the various developmental historical stages could bring us (after the final cataclysmic revolution) to a condition of equality and property­ free communism. Marx was not Rousseau's only revolutionary child. Rousseau is perhaps more famous for spawning a different revolution, the French Revolution, and a closer look at his account of civil society shows us why.

1 679) ACCORDING T O THO MAS HOBB ES, THERE IS, B Y NATURE, N O GOOD and evil, right and wrong, just and unjust. Left to ourselves, inde­ pendent of society and in our natural condition, we are creatures entirely without conscience, ruled solely by pleasure and pain, rav­ enous in our desires and ruthless in their pursuit. If that redefini­ tion of human nature weren't bad enough, Hobbes added the insidious notion that human rights are simply equivalent to human desires (however sordid), so that whatever we happen to desire, we have a right to by nature.

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