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 warfare, genocide, totalitarian oppression, family members breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And but those authors' undesirable principles are nonetheless renowned and pervasive--in truth, they may impression your personal considering with no your understanding 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 middle and exposes it to the sunshine of day. during this witty, realized, and provocative exposé, you are going to learn:
* Why Machiavelli's The Prince used to be the muse for an extended checklist of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on approach "proved" God's lifestyles basically by way of 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 perhaps win the award for the main malicious publication 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 strong and Evil issued the decision for a global 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 used to be easily autobiography masquerading as science
Witty, surprising, and instructive, 10 Books That Screwed Up the area bargains a short schooling at the worst rules in human history--and how we will be able to stay away from them within the future.
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To make matters worse, Descartes then claims that it must be the case that his ideas, “insofar as they are clear and distinct, cannot fail to be true” because they too come from God. Therefore, God exists, because Descartes can imagine Him, and all Descartes’ clear and distinct ideas are absolutely true, because God put them there! I pray that readers can see the foolishness of this reasoning. I can think of a man or woman who is more perfect than any I’ve ever met. Does that mean either of them necessarily exists?
Thus Hobbes is the father of the all too familiar belief that we have a right to whatever we want—however morally degraded, vile, or trivial it may be—and further, that it is the government’s job to protect such rights. We have become so Hobbesian that it is difficult for us to see his beliefs as shocking, and what Hobbes really said is so shocking that 32 10 BOOKS THAT SCREWED UP THE WORLD it is doubly difficult for us to believe he could ever have put the words to paper. That is the importance of wading through the arguments of his monumental work, Leviathan.
Beer, sports, television, movies, video games, iPods, the Internet, sex, sleep. This is no harmless man-animal. It is a sad truth that human beings remake their societies according to the image of humanity they fashion for themselves. And so it is no accident that modern man-animals troll for sexual prey, convincing women that paradise is sex without strings and making institutions and laws for the disposal of children. We have become Rousseaus. Despite Rousseau’s grandiose praise of Roman virtue, he had a string of mistresses, some married, some not.
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