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 battle, genocide, totalitarian oppression, kinfolk breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And but those authors' undesirable principles are nonetheless renowned and pervasive--in truth, they may impact your personal pondering with out your knowing it. the following with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker. In his scintillating new booklet, 10 Books That Screwed Up the realm (And five Others that did not Help), he seizes every one of those evil books by way of its malignant center 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 strategy "proved" God's lifestyles basically via 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 well 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 completely through 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 grew to become out to be a construction 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 area bargains a brief schooling at the worst principles in human history--and how we will be able to keep away from them within the future.
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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.
Let us count up the evils we should lay at Rousseau’s door with his Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality among Men. We have seen the connections to Marx, and so we’ll put off until the next chapter a further discussion of the evils of Marxism. But paving the way for the juggernaut of communism is not Rousseau’s only evil. Rousseau corrupted our imagination in a very profound way. Much of how we act, what we desire, what we consider true and false, real and unreal, is formed according to an image we have of what we think human beings really are and what we believe our place in nature to be.
Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) ACCORDING TO THOMAS HOBBES, THERE IS, BY NATURE, NO GOOD and evil, right and wrong, just and unjust. Left to ourselves, independent of society and in our natural condition, we are creatures entirely without conscience, ruled solely by pleasure and pain, ravenous in our desires and ruthless in their pursuit. If that redefinition of human nature weren’t bad enough, Hobbes added the insidious notion that human rights are simply equivalent to human desires (however sordid), so that whatever we happen to desire, we have a right to by nature.