Review by Dr Pravin Thevathasan
It is interesting to note that many of the architects of the culture of death lived unhappy lives. Perhaps they wanted to thrust their unhappiness at the rest of society. Charles Darwin may have been an exception to this rule and yet his theory has led to so much misery. Margaret Sanger, Sigmund Freud, Peter Singer and so many others owe their core beliefs to Darwinism in its philosophical sense.
There are may instances when the architects are given a status they do not deserve. Margaret Mead wrote about free love in Samoa. It turns out that the Samoans zealously defended the virtue of chastity and were deeply offended by unchaste behaviour. Karl Marx is seen as a promoter of the rights of the poor and weak. Yet he was unable to look after his own family. He threatened to blackmail his mother, he angered friends and he left his infant children to suffer from malnutrition. Four of his six children died before him and the other two committed suicide. His colleague Engels is described as a shameless womanizer.
So why should we read about these generally unpleasant individuals? Because we need to know our enemy.