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 well known and pervasive--in truth, they may impact your personal considering with out your knowing it. the following 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 via its malignant center and exposes it to the sunshine of day. during this witty, discovered, and provocative exposé, you will 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 procedure "proved" God's life basically via making Him a construction 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 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 strong and Evil issued the decision for a global governed completely via the "will to power"
* How Hitler's Mein Kampf was once a type of "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 used to be easily autobiography masquerading as science
Witty, stunning, and instructive, 10 Books That Screwed Up the realm 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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In the beginning, the man-animal owned nothing, Rousseau assures us. He had no idea of property because he had no idea of anything. He was entirely non-rational. His soul, "agitated by noth ing," was "given over to the sole sentiment of its present existence without any idea of the future . " He was blissfully living a life of "pure sensations. " 16 He ate when he was hungry, slept when he was tired, and had duty-free sex when the mood struck him . In this original state, so Rousseau claims, there were plenty of acorns and apples for everyone.
Recall Descartes' strange conclu sion: as he could imagine that he had no body and that there was no material world, therefore he "was a substance the whole essence or nature of which was merely to think, and which, in order to exist, needed no place and depended on no material thing . " A ghastly conclusion, or rather a ghostly one, for by it Descartes imagined that we were pure spirits trapped in alien bodies (or more accurately, as we soon find out, alien machines). As Descartes reveals in Part V of the Discourse on Method, he is a rav ing mechanist who believed that all nature was nothing more than machinery.
The past has nothing to teach Descartes. Why? Because there is dis agreement, and disagreement must mean an absence of wisdom. There is, for example, not one philosophy in one book handed to us from the past, Descartes points out, but many contradictory philosophies in a multitude of conflicting books. It isn't a matter of I. Q Even among "the most excellent minds who have ever lived . . there is nothing about which there is not some dispute" in philosophy, "and thus nothing that is not doubtful" (Part I ) .