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 warfare, genocide, totalitarian oppression, relatives breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And but those authors' undesirable rules are nonetheless renowned and pervasive--in truth, they could impression your personal considering with out your understanding it. right here with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker. In his scintillating new booklet, 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 are going to learn:
* Why Machiavelli's The Prince was once the muse for a protracted record of tyrannies (Stalin had it on his nightstand)
* How Descartes' Discourse on technique "proved" God's life in simple terms through making Him a production of our personal ego
* How Hobbes' Leviathan resulted in the assumption that we have got a "right" to no matter what we want
* Why Marx and Engels's Communist Manifesto might win the award for the main malicious ebook 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 by means of the "will to power"
* How Hitler's Mein Kampf was once 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 used to be easily autobiography masquerading as science
Witty, stunning, and instructive, 10 Books That Screwed Up the realm bargains a brief schooling at the worst principles in human history--and how we will be able to steer clear of them within the future.
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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.
Modem man has discarded the idea that he is fashioned in the image of God, that he is to love his wife as himself, and that he should regard his children as precious mira cles bearing his and his wife's image. Instead, he accepts Rousseau's myth that he is a man-animal who would be happier if he left women with the same careless con science as a rutting beast of the field, cast his children behind him to be tended by chance, and spent his days on his own satisfac tions, living a life of "pure sensations .
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