By Benjamin Wiker
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 resulted in battle, genocide, totalitarian oppression, relations breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And but those authors' undesirable principles are nonetheless renowned and pervasive--in truth, they could impression your individual considering with out your figuring out it. the following with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker. In his scintillating new booklet, 10 Books That Screwed Up the realm (And five Others that did not Help), he seizes each one of those evil books via its malignant center and exposes it to the sunshine of day. during this witty, realized, and provocative exposé, you will learn:
* Why Machiavelli's The Prince was once the foundation for an extended record of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on technique "proved" God's lifestyles purely via making Him a production of our personal ego
* How Hobbes' Leviathan ended in the idea that we've 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 reliable and Evil issued the decision for an international governed completely by way of the "will to power"
* How Hitler's Mein Kampf used to be a type of "spiritualized Darwinism" that money owed for his genocidal anti-Semitism
* How the pansexual paradise defined in Margaret Mead's Coming of Age in Samoa became 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 realm deals a brief schooling at the worst rules in human history--and how we will be able to keep away from them within the future.
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Since He is not real, then He does not stand against whatever we desire to do with the machine of nature, especially the machinery of the human body. " Rather than taking ourselves to be made in the image of God, with all the moral limitations that entails, we believe that we are self-creators with no limit but our own ever increasing power. C l l i\ l' T E H T ll H E E Leviathan (1651) ··Eoery man has a right to e oery th ing. Tl 1 0 1 r1 a -; I l o h lws ( I S 8 8 . . ·· 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.
What are the principal errors we can thank the father of mod em philosophy for? First, subjectivism, which is really a thinly dis guised form of egoism. We have become Cartesian insofar as we declare that there is no wisdom in the past, and that whatever seems to be certain to us now must be true. Rather than leading us to greater wisdom and independence of thought, we become far more likely to affirm thoughtlessly our own unexamined opinions. Since these unexamined opinions are generally obtained from the frivolous ideas bandied about in the contemporary marketplace, we end up in the very situation Descartes satirized at the beginning of the Discourse, where everyone is satisfied with his own opinion simply because (so he believes) it is his own and so it must be true.
7 As for his string of off spring, given that he's off into the trees once his "need" is "satis fied," "he did not recognize his children"8 even if he happened to stumble upon them later on. There you have it: Rousseau's paradise, his new and improved Adam and Eve. Sex entirely devoid of all the unpleasant duties and entanglements of love ! A mere "blind inclination, devoid of any sentiment of the heart," that produces "only a purely animal act," satisfying a passing brute desire. "9 Every cad's paradise !
10 Books That Screwed Up the World by Benjamin Wiker
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