M to Europeans For example he states that authoritarianism is oriental in origin and that it was introduced into Europe through the Church I m pretty sure that there have been power origin and that it was introduced into Europe through the Church I m pretty sure that there have been power authoritarian leaders in all societies even in pre Christian Europe To give a few examples of the racist ideas included in the book here are a few uotationsEvery great city is a center of race deteriorationAmong uncivilized men instinct is supreme and mind and spirit hardly existThese kinds of statements are liberally sprinkled throughout the text and basically made it unreadable for me I don t claim to be an expert on this sort of thing but I find it uite difficult to evaluate the logical validity of Russell s vision of a FUTURE WHERE PRETTY MUCH EVERY EXISTING where pretty much every existing political and economic structure has been turned upside down #at best the book provides an examination of #best the book provides an examination of potential of the human race if the human race consisted entirely of men like Bertie at worst an idealist hodgepodge of social theory Well laid out and rationalized if at times dated in particular the chapter on marriage Personal favorite was Russell s thoughts on education Gave me somewhere to start on this philosophy binge on which I am about to embark Will probably have to reexamine the theories of this book after I ve rea. Conversely excessive restraint or reason causes us to live unnaturally and with hostility toward those who are unlike ourselv.
Summary Why Men FightThis book was difficult to finish and not so appealing to continue reading That being said it s uite interesting to
peek at a book than a hundred years old I was surprised it also sufferedat a book than a hundred years old I was surprised it also suffered 100 years old western supremacy and race issues which I thought Russel was
against I guess that s the most you could expect from even one of the most liberal mindsI guess that s the most you could expect from even one of the most liberal minds The Time As For the time As for theory which I m not sure I understood completely some of the ideas of his raised my eyebrows and made me scratch my head For example did he claim that governments go to war because some countries like Germany didn t get the chance to be an empire I m pretty sure that s what he meant Also did he suggest that modern monogamy is a driving force for frustrations and wars Pretty interesting from a man who writes that none Europeans are basically barbariansHe also emphasizes a lot a theory where creative forces are the ones which give men hope and a daily meaningless ob of most of the working class might have a higher price than we think To that I could relate So why men fight The title of this book is misleading but he does seem to suggest ways of changing society towards a better future I wonder what was he thinking ust a few years later when world war 2 started and it seemed that nothing was learned One of. Written in response to the devastation of World War I Why Men Fight lays out Bertrand Russell's ideas on war pacifism reason The best reads ever Should be reuired reading for all freedom selfdirection
impulse lifeandlove an easy read and probably best to go back to it The title is a little misleading as the series of lectures were originally given and published as Principles of Social Reconstruction in 19 To start on a positive note there were some good criticisms of patriotism and the education system and there was also a good defense of pacifism However in the end I can t recommend this book because it espouses some fairly racist ideas First there is a chapter that is basically about eugenics in which Russell complains that the better elements of society are not reproducing at the same rate as the less desirable elements Asdesire impulse lifeandlove
A RESULT HE CALLS FOR ARESULT HE CALLS FOR A he calls for a solution to this problem in order to preserve the race He even goes on to say that his recommendations in this regard probably wouldn t be adopted in his native England because udging who is worthy to reproduce would be undemocratic However he writes that perhaps a country like Germany would be able to do it and would gain a significant advantage over other countries if they did I guess the horrors of World War II have put that idea to restSecond through out the book he makes casual negative remarks about other races when comparing the. Mpulse and personal liberty Russell argues that when individuals live passionately they will have no desire for war or killing. .