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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 battle, genocide, totalitarian oppression, relations 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 understanding it. the following 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 are going to learn:

* Why Machiavelli's The Prince was once the foundation for a protracted checklist of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on technique "proved" God's life purely via making Him a production of our personal ego
* How Hobbes' Leviathan ended in the idea 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 sturdy and Evil issued the decision for an international governed completely through the "will to power"
* How Hitler's Mein Kampf was once one of those "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 was once easily autobiography masquerading as science

Witty, surprising, and instructive, 10 Books That Screwed Up the area bargains a short schooling at the worst principles in human history--and how we will keep away from them within the future.

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He was entirely non-rational. ”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. No thing belonged to anyone; nobody belonged to anyone. Each did as he wished, and since he wished for so little, there were no conflicts and no anxious toiling. ” Some fool got it into his head to build a hut, and even worse, instead of running off after he’d conquered a woman, he invited her into his shelter.

But for now we must note the egregious error he’s slipped in. Would it really be a good idea to accept as “a general rule that the things we conceive very clearly and very distinctly are all true”? I remember, about ten years ago, very clearly and very distinctly seeing a tell-tale mess of white paint all over my garbage can in the alley behind our house, and I very clearly and distinctly noticed that the peculiar lady next door (who regularly slipped Discourse on Method (1637) 25 things into our garbage can because she was too cheap to pay for her own trash service) was painting her kitchen white because I very clearly and distinctly saw her carrying around a whitened paintbrush as she very clearly and distinctly told me she was painting her kitchen white, and I imagined myself very clearly and distinctly grabbing her by her tattered sweater and dragging her back to clean up the very clear and distinct mess all over the garbage can and surrounding pavement.

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. ”2 So spoke Rousseau in his First Discourse. Rousseau’s Second Discourse—properly titled Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality among Men—was an expansion of this theme. ” This time Rousseau didn’t win the prize (his essay generously exceeded the required length), but it did win lasting fame when Rousseau had it published the following year.

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