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 struggle, genocide, totalitarian oppression, relatives breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And but those authors' undesirable principles are nonetheless renowned and pervasive--in truth, they may effect your personal pondering with no your knowing it. right here with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker. In his scintillating new publication, 10 Books That Screwed Up the area (And five Others that did not Help), he seizes each one of those evil books via its malignant middle 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 used to be the foundation for an extended checklist of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on strategy "proved" God's lifestyles simply by way of making Him a construction 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 may possibly win the award for the main malicious booklet 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 solid and Evil issued the decision for a global governed exclusively by way of the "will to power"
* How Hitler's Mein Kampf was once 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 production 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, stunning, and instructive, 10 Books That Screwed Up the area bargains a short schooling at the worst principles in human history--and how we will be able to steer clear of them within the future.
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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.
Rousseau aban doned all five children to the Hopital des Enfants-Trouves, a foundling home where the conditions were so deplorable that their Discourse on the Origin a n d Foundations ofIneq uality among Men (1 755) 53 deaths were all but certain. What moral struggle did he undergo ? In his own words, describing the first abandonment, he seems to undergo no more struggle than his fictional man-animal : I made up my mind cheerfully and without the least scruples, and the only ones I had to overcome were those of Therese.
How, then, to begin? Imagine waking up one morning and feeling quite suddenly that someone had removed all the burdens of conscience, all your sub terranean naggings and hesitations. You are now entirely relieved of any inner contradiction to each and every desire. The walls of opposition you used to associate with something called "con . science " are simply gone. As you soon realize, once these barriers vanished, your thoughts and desires wandered freely over previ ously unknown and uncharted territory.
10 Books That Screwed Up the World by Benjamin Wiker
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