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, relations breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And but those authors' undesirable principles are nonetheless well known and pervasive--in truth, they may effect your individual considering with no your knowing it. right here 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 by means of its malignant middle and exposes it to the sunshine of day. during this witty, discovered, and provocative exposé, you will learn:

* Why Machiavelli's The Prince was once the foundation for an extended checklist of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on process "proved" God's lifestyles purely 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 reliable and Evil issued the decision for an international governed completely by means 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 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, 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 be able to steer clear of them within the future.

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Is it the assertion that primitive human beings naturally and easily resort to cannibalism when they run out of coconuts? No, it is the groundless claim that "every man has a right to every thing. " It is hard for us to spot the fatuity because "rights " talk has largely overtaken our public and political discourse, rudely shoving moral speech out of the way. Hobbes meant to shove it out of the way, and to do it he concocted out of the thinnest air his entirely fictional notion of rights. " Once we've seen the invention of such rights claims, we can rec­ ognize that in our Hobbesian world the statement "I have a right to pornography " is merely a restatement of "I have a desire to view pornography.

For the Hobbe­ sian individual, then, it is the entire job of government to protect and maximize the expression of these individual rights/ desires while simultaneously minimizing conflict with other rights/desires­ bearing individuals. In short, the one and only task of government is merely to reproduce a happier version of the Hobbesian state of nature, where there is a maximum of liberty to pursue one's personal desires but without the nasty, violent death part. Hobbesian justice is therefore understood as a kind of inversion of the golden rule: don't do unto others, so they won't do unto you.

One illustration to demonstrate the point. Rousseau adored music and fancied himself to be quite gifted. But because he was self-taught and perhaps had mild dyslexia, he had great trouble reading standard musical notation. He decided to invent his own system of notation, thinking that his ingenious improvement would make him rich and famous. After he presented it to the prestigious Academie des Sciences, the teachers there pointed out to him that, although the new notation of the melody was quite creative, it could not represent harmony.

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