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 ended in conflict, genocide, totalitarian oppression, family members breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And but those authors' undesirable rules are nonetheless well known and pervasive--in truth, they could impression your individual pondering with out your knowing it. right here with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker. In his scintillating new e-book, 10 Books That Screwed Up the realm (And five Others that did not Help), he seizes each one of those evil books by way of its malignant center and exposes it to the sunshine of day. during this witty, discovered, and provocative exposé, you are going to learn:
* Why Machiavelli's The Prince was once the muse for an extended checklist of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on process "proved" God's lifestyles merely by means of making Him a production of our personal ego
* How Hobbes' Leviathan resulted in the assumption that we have got a "right" to no matter what we want
* Why Marx and Engels's Communist Manifesto might win the award for the main malicious e-book 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 a global governed exclusively by way of the "will to power"
* How Hitler's Mein Kampf used to be one of those "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 used to be easily autobiography masquerading as science
Witty, surprising, and instructive, 10 Books That Screwed Up the realm 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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The underlying assumption of this view of justice, we recall, is the Hobbesian belief that there is by nature no good and evil. That the words good and evil mean only “That feels good to me” and “Ouch! ” respectively. ” Note the emphasis on right, as in Hobbesian rights/desires, and not on right as in right and wrong. The interesting thing about Hobbesianism—if you tend to be interested in the macabre—is that it becomes a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy. That is, although his chaotic state of nature was originally an unseemly fiction, if a society acts according to Hobbes’s notion of rights, then it becomes, increasingly, a fractious, rightsdemanding, passion-driven collection of self-willed individuals hell-bent on getting whatever they desire no matter the cost, and all the while claiming they have a right to what leads to their own and society’s self-destruction.
Antoniadi, who pointed out that the “canals” weren’t canals; they weren’t nice geometrically drawn lines of precision traced on the surface of Mars, but just fuzzy shapes. 26 10 BOOKS THAT SCREWED UP THE WORLD The lesson is simple enough. Schiaparelli, Lowell, Wells, and a host of other scientists and popularizers wanted to see life on Mars. The alien enthusiasts just wanted to see what was fuzzy as straight and geometrical because they wanted Mars to be populated with aliens. It is often our desire to have something be true that makes us clearly and distinctly see the false as true, the imagined as real.
For the Hobbesian individual, then, it is the entire job of government to protect and maximize the expression of these individual rights/desires while simultaneously minimizing conflict with other rights/desires– bearing individuals. In short, the one and only task of government is merely to reproduce a happier version of the Hobbesian state of nature, where there is a maximum of liberty to pursue one’s personal desires but without the nasty, violent death part. Hobbesian justice is therefore understood as a kind of inversion of the golden rule: don’t do unto others, so they won’t do unto you.
10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help by Benjamin Wiker
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