Monthly Archives: February 2013

Our Ancient and Powerful Instincts: No Need to Regret Them

The instincts that long ago prompted fighting and hunting activities of our savage ancestors demand an outlet; if they can find no other, they will turn to hatred and thwarted malice. But there are outlets for these very instincts that … Continue reading

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“His Thinking was Almost Entirely Inspired by Hatred” –Objections to Karl Marx

My objections to Marx are of two sorts: one, that he was muddle-headed; and the other, that his thinking was almost entirely inspired by hatred. The doctrine of surplus value, which is supposed to demonstrate the exploitation of wage-earners under … Continue reading

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“Completely Unintelligible”–Last Words on Wittgenstein

There are two great men in history whom he somewhat resembles. One was Pascal, the other was Tolstoy. Pascal was a mathematician of genius, but abandoned mathematics for piety. Tolstoy sacrificed his genius as a writer to a kind of … Continue reading

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Civilization and Bacchic Rebellion

The civilized man is distinguished from the savage mainly by prudence, or, to use a slightly wider term, forethought. He is willing to endure present pains for the sake of future pleasure, even if the future pleasures are rather distant. … Continue reading

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