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 resulted in struggle, genocide, totalitarian oppression, relations breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And but those authors' undesirable principles are nonetheless renowned and pervasive--in truth, they could effect your personal pondering with out your knowing it. right here 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, discovered, and provocative exposé, you will learn:
* Why Machiavelli's The Prince used to be the muse for an extended record of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on technique "proved" God's life in basic terms by way of making Him a construction 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 well 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 strong 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 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 bargains a short schooling at the worst rules in human history--and how we will be able to keep away from them within the future.
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Primitive men and women acted only on sexual impulse. ” In other words, one-night stands didn’t even last one night. Happily, primitive people weren’t picky. ”7 As for his string of offspring, given that he’s off into the trees once his “need” is “satisfied,” “he did not recognize his children”8 even if he happened to stumble upon them later on. There you have it: Rousseau’s paradise, his new and improved Adam and Eve. Sex entirely devoid of all the unpleasant duties and entanglements of love! A mere “blind inclination, devoid of any sentiment of the heart,” that produces “only a purely animal act,” satisfying a passing brute desire.
The second and third evil then gave birth to a fourth. Since God was caused by our thinking Him, then He must only be a thought and not a reality, a mere subjective projection of our own ego. Since He is not real, then He does not stand against whatever we desire to do with the machine of nature, especially the machinery of the human body. ” Rather than taking ourselves to be made in the image of God, with all the moral limitations that entails, we believe that we are self-creators with no limit but our own everincreasing power.
As more families gathered, divisions of labor arose, allowing for the creation of both necessities and luxuries and assuring social interdependence. At this point, the decline of man is already well on its way. The first revolution brings both virtue and vice. In the state of nature, sexual fidelity did not exist. But when a woman is labeled as one man’s own, adultery is created where before was sexual freedom. From luxury come dissipation and vice. No one was a glutton before a surplus of food existed.