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By Benjamin Wiker

ISBN-10: 1596980559

ISBN-13: 9781596980556

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 struggle, genocide, totalitarian oppression, relatives breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And but those authors' undesirable rules are nonetheless renowned and pervasive--in truth, they could impact your individual pondering with out your understanding it. the following with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker. In his scintillating new publication, 10 Books That Screwed Up the area (And five Others that did not Help), he seizes every one of those evil books via 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 was once the foundation for a protracted record of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on procedure "proved" God's lifestyles in simple terms by way of making Him a production 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 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 completely via the "will to power"
* How Hitler's Mein Kampf was once a type of "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, surprising, and instructive, 10 Books That Screwed Up the area 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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He [the baby] was then deposited by the midwife at the Enfants-Trouvés office in the way that was customary. The following year there came the same inconvenience and the same expedients. . 21 This vicious but nonchalant assault on parenthood has been repeated too many times by the Rousseaus of our own day for us to add any further comment. As with Hobbes, we see again the power of fiction. Rousseau’s account of natural man was no more real than Hobbes’s, but following the same pattern, once it became the accepted story of human origins, it thereby exercised the power of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

We catch the error if we lapse for a moment into common sense and say, “Well, René, isn’t it really the other way around? In order to think, I first have to exist, and I go right on existing even when I am not thinking. And anyway, didn’t the world get along just fine before I was ever around to think about anything? ’” The common sense point is this: reality exists before our thinking, so that our thinking depends on reality, and this in two ways. First, our thinking depends on the reality of our own existence.

2. Therefore there is no good or evil. 3. Human beings are merely physical creatures who have no other meaning or goal in life but to feel physical pleasure and avoid physical pain. 4. ” 5. Since there is no God, and no good or evil by nature, there is no limit to what anyone can do to get what he desires, and no limit to what he can do to avoid physical pain. 6. Therefore each of us is free (has “liberty”) to do anything he wants to preserve his own life. ” 38 10 BOOKS THAT SCREWED UP THE WORLD 7.

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