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 conflict, genocide, totalitarian oppression, relatives breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And but those authors' undesirable rules are nonetheless well known and pervasive--in truth, they may impression your individual considering with out your knowing it. right here with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker. In his scintillating new ebook, 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 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 checklist of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on process "proved" God's life merely through 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 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 an international governed completely by means of 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 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 used to be easily autobiography masquerading as science
Witty, surprising, and instructive, 10 Books That Screwed Up the realm deals a short schooling at the worst rules in human history--and how we will keep away from them within the future.
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But the horns of this dilemma are largely chimerical; that is, they are the horns of a mythical beast created by Descartes’ imagination. His beastly reasoning has led us to reject God on the grounds that our thinking about Him is fuzzy, and to accept the most ridiculous utopian fantasies about humanity because we can imagine them quite clearly and distinctly. Marxism is only the most obvious instance of the pernicious working out of Descartes’ ideas, but, as we shall see, not the only one. What are the principal errors we can thank the father of modern philosophy for?
As you soon realize, once these barriers vanished, your thoughts and desires wandered freely over previously unknown and uncharted territory. Completely without conscience. No recognition of right or wrong, good or evil, light or dark. 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 anything that might stand in your way of getting it. You are now Hobbes’s natural man, man as he truly is by nature.
10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help by Benjamin Wiker