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"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Not Since Johannes Gutenberg …

Posted on | October 6, 2012 | 9 Comments

. . . published the Bible has any book deserved more enthusiastic hype than does Evan Sayet’s new book The Kindergarten of Eden: How the Modern Liberal Thinks and Why He’s Convinced That Ignorance Is Bliss.

You will click this link. You will buy this book. You will read it, and your mind will be enlightened by the experience.

Why do I say this so confidently? Why am I not afraid that I am praising Evan’s book too effusively? Because this book — click now and buy the e-book for $4.99 — is based on a speech that Evan Sayet gave at the Heritage Foundation, which Andrew Breitbart called “one of the five most important talks in conservatism.”

Did you know that the first time I met Evan Sayet was also the first time I met Andrew Breitbart? Did you know that I just got off the phone with Evan, talking about who Andrew was and what Andrew meant to our movement? Do you know what I owe Evan?

Trust me. Andrew Breitbart’s ghost will haunt you if you do not click this link and buy Evan’s book right now. And if you will click now and buy this book, a blessing upon you. Selah.


9 Responses to “Not Since Johannes Gutenberg …”

  1. crosspatch
    October 6th, 2012 @ 1:58 am
  2. Stogie Chomper
    October 6th, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    Well I went to the web page, paid my $5 and there was no link or instructions on how to get the eBook. You pay for it and then have no way of getting it. Beware.

  3. richard mcenroe
    October 6th, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

    The book opened for me but there was no way to save it to my PC

  4. Cube
    October 6th, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    Liberals think?

  5. Bonnie_
    October 7th, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    Why isn’t this book available on Amazon? I buy e-books all the time and I’m set up with my Amazon account (and millions of Kindle readers like me) to click and buy. But now I have to go find my purse and dig out my credit card and fill in all the tedious details in order to get it. I have to get ready for church and I just don’t have the time right now. I’ll try to remember later, but…

  6. theBuckWheat
    October 7th, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    Hegel: The State as God’s Will
    Mises Daily: Thursday, October 04, 2012 by Murray N. Rothbard

    This article is excerpted from volume 2, chapter 11 of An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought (1995).

    Hegel made quite evident that what the new, developing strong state really needed was a comprehensive philosophy, contributed by a Great Philosopher to give its mighty rule coherence and legitimacy. Otherwise, as Professor Plant explains, “such a state, devoid of philosophical comprehension, would appear as a merely arbitrary and oppressive imposition of the freedom of individuals to pursue their own interest.”

    We need make only one guess as to what that philosophy, or who that Great Philosopher, was supposed to be. And then, armed with Hegelian philosophy and Hegel himself as its fountainhead and great leader, “this alien aspect
    of the progressive modern state would disappear and would be seen not as an imposition but a development of self-consciousness. By regulating and codifying many aspects of social practice, it gives to the modern world a
    rationality and a predictability which it would not otherwise possess.”[3]

    Armed with such a philosophy and with such a philosopher, the modern state would take its divinely appointed stand at the height of history and civilization, as God on earth. Thus, “The modern State, proving the reality of political community, when comprehended philosophically, could therefore be seen as the highest articulation of Spirit, or God in the contemporary world.” The state, then, is “a supreme manifestation of the activity of God in the world,” and, “the State stands above all; it is Spirit which knows itself as the universal essence and reality”; and, “The State is the reality of the kingdom of heaven.” And finally, “The State is God’s Will.”[4]

    Of the various forms of state, monarchy is best, since it permits “all” subjects to be “free” (in the Hegelian sense) by submerging their being into the divine substance, which is the authoritarian, monarchical state. The people are only “free” when they are insignificant particles of this unitary divine substance….

    According to Hegel, the final development of the man-God, the final breakthrough into totality and infinity, was at hand. The most highly developed state in the history of the world was now in place — the existing Prussian monarchy under King Friedrich Wilhelm III.

    It so happened that Hegel’s apotheosis of the existing Prussian monarchy neatly coincided with the needs of that monarch. When King Friedrich Wilhelm III established the new University of Berlin in 1818 to assist in supporting, and propagandizing for, his absolute power, what better person for the chair of philosophy than Friedrich Hegel the divinizer of state power?…

    On Hegel’s worship of the state, Popper cites chilling and revealing passages:

    The State is the Divine Idea as it exists on earth … We must therefore worship the State as the manifestation of the Divine on earth … The State is the march of God through the world … The State must be comprehended as an organism … To the complete State belongs, essentially, consciousness and thought. The State knows what it wills … The State … exists for its own sake … The State is the actually existing, realized moral life.[7]
    All this rant is well characterized by Popper as “bombastic and hysterical Platonism.”… [ << ** !! ]

    [My comment: what Rothbard saw as "reabsorption theology" is none other than a secular form of ancient Gnosticism. R.T. Allen traces the trail through history when he states that Marx was built upon Hegel, which came from Boehme which came from Valentinism. –tBW]

  7. Evan Sayet
    October 15th, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    Sorry Bonnie, it’ll be up on Amazon within a couple of days.

  8. Evan Sayet
    October 15th, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    Did you ever get what you ordered? Let me know at [email protected]. I’ll take care of it. Sorry!

  9. Evan Sayet
    October 15th, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    That’s a new one….email me if that remained a problem [email protected]