10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't 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 ended in conflict, genocide, totalitarian oppression, kinfolk breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And but those authors' undesirable principles are nonetheless well known and pervasive--in truth, they may impression your individual considering with out your understanding 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 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 was once the foundation for an extended record of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on process "proved" God's life purely by way of making Him a construction of our personal ego
* How Hobbes' Leviathan resulted in the idea 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 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 reliable and Evil issued the decision for an international governed completely by way of the "will to power"
* How Hitler's Mein Kampf used to be one of those "spiritualized Darwinism" that debts 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 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 area bargains a brief schooling at the worst principles in human history--and how we will steer clear of them within the future.

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Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality among Men (1755) 43 answer, given in his Discourse on the Sciences and Arts: “No. ” He claimed that the advance of the sciences and arts took people away from their original, natural purity and happiness, making them both softer and more elaborately vicious. The same is true, he argued, even for the art of government. ”1 We would all be infinitely more virtuous, asserted Rousseau, if we were noble and rustic Romans, or even better, noble but entirely uncultured savages.

They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. ”15 48 10 BOOKS THAT SCREWED UP THE WORLD There are, of course, important differences with Marx. , “the arts”) caused our misery, then the only way to progress was to go backward, to recreate as best one could the condition of the undeveloped human animal, shaking off the artificial chains of society and returning to the purity of nature.

Marx was not Rousseau’s only revolutionary child. Rousseau is perhaps more famous for spawning a different revolution, the French Revolution, and a closer look at his account of civil society shows us why. As we might have guessed from what’s been said above, Rousseau believed that the inequalities of private property (and the consequent distinction between rich and poor) precede the explicit erection of civil society. Some guys in huts work harder; they get more land; their crops flourish; their animals multiply.

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