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10 Books that Screwed Up the World

Personal notes on the book by Benjamin Wiker.

  • The Prince, Machiavelli - The inspiration for a long list of tyrannies.
  • Discourse on Method, Rene Descartes - "Proved" God's existence only by making God a creation of our own ego.
  • Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes - Developed the belief that we have a "right" to whatever we want.
  • The Origin of Inequality Among Man, Jean Jacques Rousseau
  • Communist Manifesto
  • The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin - Proves Darwin intended "survival of the fittest" to be applied to human society.
  • Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil issued the call for a world ruled solely by the "will to power."
  • Hitler's Mein Kampf was a kind of "spiritualized Darwinism" that accounts for his genocidal anti-Semitism.
  • The pansexual paradise described in Margaret Mead's Coming of Age in Samoa turned out to be a creation of her own sexual confusions and aspirations.
  • Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male was simply autobiography masquerading as science.


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