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Unpopular Essays

His commentary on Stalin and Hitler is all very well, but at several points he begins to predict, from the vantage point of or so, what the world will be like at the end of the 20th century, and is wrong on every specific suggestion, mainly that we would all be dead of thermonuclear war, or emsayos under a single international government.

Such ideas would include egalitarianism and the malleability of human nature. They date from the early ‘s to enaayos the end of WWI.

It must have been really difficult to be optimistic bertradn the future when major part of the century so far most of the countries had been focused in tearing each other to pieces instead of aiming for profit through impopularew.

Russell’s big solution though is a little weird. Pointing to the flourishing of the Greeks when they threw off the shackles of their own dogmatic superficial beliefs when they became cosmopolitan, Russell thinks that this is something that can be done to save our planet from annihilation.

Another great choice by Dad. My favourite so far though is the inducement to philosophy in the final section of “Philosophy for Laymen”: To be fair whenever I see a picture of that fat fuck Rush Limbaugh or the used car salesman smile of Joel Olsteen I think similar things, just looking at this how could you trust anything these people say.


Aug 08, Adam Jacobs rated it it was amazing. A certain degree of isolation both in space and time is essential to generate the independence required for the most important work; there must “Men lived with one kind of illusion, and when they lost it they fell into another. He goes after ancient philosophers, that Plato’s Republic should have been admired on its political side by decent peop The world changed a lot in the period these essays were written, the s and s, yet there’s still a lot of thematic unity here, the content being very relevant even up until the present day.

Laser-guided thinking, and whilst it shows its age in a few places, still makes you lament at the state of modern life, thinking and politics. Written in the early days of the Cold War, he was wrongly convinced that unless something drastic happened we would end up destroying each other by the year At least keep in mind that he had just witnessed two world wars and expected the third one to be fought with nuclear weapons.

There’s basically no mention of how economic elements influence the form of governments.

Unpopular Essays by Bertrand Russell

bwrtrand Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In Rush’s case, I don’t know how to justify it.

He bettrand Hegel for this in a very humorous manner, but also criticizes his intellectual descendants, the Marxists and their belief in the inevitability of Communism. Dec 23, Ali Faqihi rated it liked it. This would make the russfll so furious that the authorities emsayos great difficulty in preventing them from lynching the penitent and burning him on their own account.

The assertion that every important war since has been won by the more democratic regime is also interesting, but I have doubts. On the other hand his writing about philosophy for lay people is widely praised, and on the evidence of this book, understandably so. It’s been several years, but I distinctly recall enjoying this text very much, as I do with just about all of Russell’s philosophical works. If he was overly pessimistic about the world coming to an end, he is overly optimistic about a decline in religious manias, silly him thinking that we had grown-up enough to leave fairy tales behind, especially apocalyptic ones.


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Why a one-world government would be a good thing? However unpopular they may rhssell of Russel’s ideas resonate with me. Russell crystalizes many solid arguments and provides enjoyable proposals for that of the future, all the while he eloquently balances between cynicism and naivety. This is understandable mistake when considering the time period when the essays were written.

Jan 21, Bryce Johnson rated it really liked it. Open Preview See a Problem? Some of his ideas and opinions are outdated and history has proved them wrong, but he’s sharp and thoughtful. Perhaps as unpopular as they are transformative, Russell’s essays collected under this title profess to dispel many myths that the general run of human beings raised in the twentieth century took, and still take for granted. In a way I felt bertranc in a way his future scenario the unification of world powers would bring a lasting peace happened.

Paperbackpages. This book has plenty to offer relating to pursuits of objectivity, constructing a berttrand fulfilling society, and being both optimistic but sensible rather than angry and nonsensical.