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 struggle, genocide, totalitarian oppression, relations breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And but those authors' undesirable rules are nonetheless well known and pervasive--in truth, they may impression your individual pondering with no your knowing it. the following with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker. In his scintillating new e-book, 10 Books That Screwed Up the realm (And five Others that did not Help), he seizes every one of those evil books through 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 used to be the muse for a protracted record of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on procedure "proved" God's life merely by means of making Him a construction of our personal ego
* How Hobbes' Leviathan resulted in the idea that we've 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 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 sturdy and Evil issued the decision for an international governed exclusively 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 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, stunning, and instructive, 10 Books That Screwed Up the realm bargains 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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Even as we demonstrate its confusion, we should not underestimate its profundity. Simpleminded errors rarely engender great historical results, and Rousseau’s was no simple mind. One finds in him, for good or ill, the seeds of Romanticism and folk-nationalism, the French Revolution and totalitarianism, Marx and Nietzsche, Freud and Darwin, 44 10 BOOKS THAT SCREWED UP THE WORLD modern anthropology and Margaret Mead, the sexual revolution and the dissolution of the family—all marked with what is characteristically Rousseau: genius and blunder.
As Descartes reveals in Part V of the Discourse on Method, he is a raving mechanist who believed that all nature was nothing more than machinery. Animals and plants are no more alive (or dead) than hydraulic pumps, toasters, or alarm clocks. Even more, our human bodies are merely self-running machines. Hence Descartes is also known as the father of modern dualism. Dualism is the belief that human beings aren’t one thing—an intimate and essential union of soul and body—but two entirely dif- Discourse on Method (1637) 27 ferent and independent entities, a ghostly soul banging around in a ghastly machine.
Neither love nor the family was natural. ”5 Rousseau goes so far in his imaginative destruction of love and the family that he denies even the love of mother and child. “The mother nursed her children at first for her own need; then, habit having endeared them to her, she nourished them afterward for their need. ”6 And the father? Well, as it turns out, the concepts of fatherhood and moral duty—even the concept of “love”—are artificial contrivances that arise only after men have declined from the moralityfree primitive state.