10 Books That Screwed Up the World 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 resulted in battle, 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 effect your individual pondering 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 through 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 used to be the muse for an extended record of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on strategy "proved" God's life basically by means of making Him a construction of our personal ego
* How Hobbes' Leviathan ended 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 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 stable 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 bills 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 was once easily autobiography masquerading as science

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

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But such a method would seem to be madness, and it soon gets even madder. A good recipe for insanity is this: that I reject as absolutely false everything in which I could imagine the least doubt. If we let our imaginations run wild, we could doubt even the solid­ ity of the ground we stand on or the fact that we have a nose. Even if such a method doesn't lead to insanity, it certainly leads to narcissism, the morbid condition of believing that I sit in god-like judgment of everything else but nothing stands in judgment of me.

The distinctions have ceased to have any real meaning-or they have taken on a new meaning. Good simply means getting whatever you want, and evil is any­ thing that might stand in your way of getting it. You are now Hobbes's natur al man, man as he truly is by nature. Or are you? Have you gone far enough? Have you really peeled away all the accretions of conscience and arrived at Hobbes's nat­ ural man? My suspicion is that if you are "conservative, " you are thinking only of removing the walls of conscience over which you are likely to climb, and that if you are "liberal," you are thinking only of removing the walls of conscience built by conservatives.

What crimes, wars, murders, what miseries and horrors would the human race have been spared by someone who, uprooting the stakes or fill­ ing in the ditch, had shouted to his fellow-men: Beware of lis­ tening to this impostor; you are lost if you forget that the fruits belong to all and the earth to no one ! 18 The implications of all this were picked up by Marx and Engels. Private property is unnatural and hence not good. All human con­ flict is caused by considering some thing as one's own {including 50 10 B O OKS THAT S CREWED UP THE WORLD one's own wife or children-note how many communists espoused free love and disparaged the family) .

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