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Might Is Right

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  796 ratings  ·  90 reviews
206 pages.
Paperback, 206 pages
Published April 28th 2006 by Lulu.com (first published 1890)
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Ali the guy who wrote this book came to the same conclusions as Nietzsche independent of him. He is far more extreme and insane. A very good read. Also ye…morethe guy who wrote this book came to the same conclusions as Nietzsche independent of him. He is far more extreme and insane. A very good read. Also yes it is a might is right thing, might being right is all he's trying to get across. (less)
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Dissident Books
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any once fascinated by the forbidden
Recommended to Dissident Books by: I read a mention of it an ANSWER Me! profile of Boyd Rice
Shelves: other-publishers
In a word: Hardcore!

Not for the faint of heart. Even Nietzsche wasn't this full-blast and feral. This is the antithesis of the The Holy Bible and every other white-light book. Anton LaVey lifted portions of Might is Right for his The Satanic Bible. Lusty, profane, Sadistic (literally--this is a work if not influenced by de Sade, then certainly in the same spirit), racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, classist, and more violent than any Tarantino movie. You might not agree with Might (or you perhaps you
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Cwn_annwn_13
Rumored to be ghostwritten by the great Jack London, (it probably wasn't) plaigarized from word for word by the Jewish con man Anton Lavey in various parts of his "Satanic Bible", written in a way that is basicly a book length rant, Might is Right ranks as what is probably my favorite "philosophy" book.

Even though in a passage or two Redbeard hails Thor as a God to be admired and emulated this book more or less takes an athiestic stance, but other than the athieism I can agree with most of what
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Jared
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: racists, idiots, guys who have no good qualities but bench a lot
The perfect book for people who have become somewhat strong or skilled physically but lack any critical thinking skills. Attempts to shock the reader into either agreeance or anger while managing only to inflate the egos of the stupid, the racist, and the insecure white male who is always trying to prove to everyone else how "badass" he is.

It reads as though it were written by an angry high school freshman who had a decent grasp of the rules of writing. Otherwise, it's nonsensical at best, dange
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Ciro
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a top 10 all time book. You will probably never encounter anything else like it within the bubble of academia and polite social company. All the more reason to read!

The basic premise is that no matter what you moral view, no matter how you feel about the way something should be, the only thing that matters is who conquers. Those who win determine the new standards for right and wrong. The meak will never inherit the earth, and they never have. Only the strong survive.
Victor
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. 'Might is Right' is one of the most brutal books I've ever read on social Darwinism. It's like Robert Greene's '48 Laws of Power' combined with Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' on steroids. This book is surprisingly well written, with a prose that is very thought provoking and confronting. This book gives you a different perspective on nature, on yourself, on humanity and on life. It's a harsh truth. The only thing I dislike about this book is that it is somewhat repetitive. Saying that, I reall ...more
Jessica Lynn
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life is for the strong. Take faith in yourself and battle on.
Ossian's Dream
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the most ruthless and aggressive worship of power that has ever been created. Thucydides, Nietzsche, Machiavelli, Bismarck etc. at the very least attempted to humanise their message if only a little, Ragnar just tells you without the slightest care to sensibilities and its like taking medicine. Of course, the racial component will always be the point on which i wave him aside seeing that my motto is that of Napoleon "la carrière est ouverte aux talents" the career is open to talent. ...more
Signor Mambrino
racist? yes but in a fairly funny way
sexist? yes but in a fairly funny way
clever? nope.

worth a read, not worth taking seriously.
Victor Finn
You can only talk about how everything in life is determined by power for so long before it starts to get repetitive. Still, the pseudonymous author's grandiloquent nineteenth-century style prose makes this a lot more fun than it would otherwise be.

It is basically true that contemporary westerner's are "Anti-Power", that is to say they think that power is something evil in and of itself, and that the means necessary to acquire it are also evil, and that whatever power one has must be checked. T
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Youthknives
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was something of a puzzle for me because I have heard so much rumor and intrigue surrounding it that I sort of put it off for several years. I recently picked it up and finished it a couple of days and I don't quite understand what all the fuss was about. Probably because this information was rather "shocking" to people in the past, however, to us it seems like obvious necessity.

That being said the overall book is written in elegant English and is a joy to read. There are some points I
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Nick
More of a long vitriolic poem about egoism than a philosophical treatise. The egoism in this is almost completely pure, though it is tainted by some tinges of darwinism and racial collectivism. Very fun though. Would read again.
Steve Cran
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember growing up and hearing the statement that might does not make right. Of course, with regards to bullies and dictator I always agreed. Yet, when someone wrongs you , then you have to right to take restorative action which could include violence. Might does not make right but some right needs the might.

What follows from the pen of this author is a diatribe of extreme social Darwinism. Many right wing Republicans would agree with these sentiments. This pamphlet was written 1896 and like
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Илмар Шалаоя
At times thought-provoking, but most of the time self-centered, narrow-minded and generally unimpressive. While Redbeard bases his views according to nature, his outlook is flawed. The lion is not a ruthless ruler of the animal kingdom - it has its niche in the ecosystem and it certainly does not take from others for the sake of taking. And I don't even want to go to comment on his view on women.

All and all, interesting as a social study, but a sad excuse as a manual to live by - as it seems som
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Eddie Black
Rating it a two because of the colorful use of language. I rate it a one for coherence. It is hard to think that this isn't over the top satire. But it is so full of the same thing, with various quotes and such, that if it is satire it is very well done. But it is more likely that the author was someone who was just really pissed off at someone, likely a group of women that's wronged him.

Seriously, read his bit about how women should be totally subjugated by men.

There is little rational though
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Anna
Mar 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many things I agree with, so many I disagree with among all that I read in this book. Apart from the white supremacist and sexist thoughts against women that I find quite stupid, narrow-minded and paranoid - in fact, it's not much different to the conservative Judeo-Christian way of thinking, even though the author himself is very anti-Christian - I found the thoughts about natural laws very inspiring, and so the anti-Christian thoughts. However, it was quite a hard read as it was written in ...more
Justin Ordnung
Jul 16, 2007 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely
This book was actually a lot more contemporary than I had been led to believe, there is mention in the sections of poety of tanks and other quite modern factors of war that betray a quite modern authorship. For all that I think it conveys a very pure mentality more in touch with our primitive and healthy side. It is a very honest take on the human condition and like it or don't like it you cannot even begin to debate whether force and ruthlessness should be praised if you cannot admit as this bo ...more
Steven
Mar 10, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This must be a joke. It certainly has many "LOL" moments and comes off as pseudo-Nietzschean philosophy, but lacks the literary brilliance. I just couldn't take any of the arguments seriously... I pity anyone who does. ...more
Jos Oliveira
Aug 31, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another liar book , full of "western" masturbation, calling for a "superiority" that is contradicted by history and by science.
The author of the book is the kind of people who lived his whole life poor, enriched in old age stealing other people and now call himself noble superior.
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Scott I'Anson
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a revolutionary world view. A battle cry against Christianity and Judaism. A call to return to a natural and just world, a rejection of modern decadence.
Alex
Firmly grounded in the nihilist tradition of substituting assertions, as strong and offensive as possible, for actual arguments. Which is alright if you have a bad day and want to get pumped for the gym, but if you're looking for actual philosophy, look elsewhere. Can't say I didn't have my fun with this book and its overly vitriolic, nevertheless weirdly elegant prose, but halfway in, it started to feel extremely redundant and lost a good deal of its punch.

As a case study of the neopagan mindse
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Locky
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
'For might is right when empires sink,
In storms of steel and flame,
And it is right when weakling breeds,
Are hunted down like game.'

'Might is Right' is Darwinism on steroids and offers no apologies for it. It is extremely anti-christian in the same vein as Nietzsche is (christianity glorifies the meek and humble, a sin against nature according to Redbeard).
At its worst, this book comes across as a frustrated tangent that one might read in a high schooler's diary, but at its best, it's raw truth a
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Rinstinkt
For a book first published more than 100 y ago, it's actually relevant. :)
Reading progress: https://pastebin.com/AgUe9Xwg
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John Anthony
The title says it all. But RR, whoever he/she was, constantly repeats the message - The strongest survives and rules. It is the will of nature.

Written in the 1890s and designed to shock weaklings, Christians, Jews and racially impure stock. Darwinism taken to extremes and intentionally ridiculed? Whatever the intention it could have been said much more effectively using fewer words. Lots of mistakes in this version of the book. At times I had to guess what the author meant, though that wasn't h
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Null
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brutal, some very hardcore truths about what is real and whats false on the human struggle for existence. He blunts your very face just as he wants you to blunt those so called falsehoods.
Potentially life changing, the author makes a great effort to wrecks all the idols we came to love by default, objects of cult by the so called 'weaklings' and 'hirelings', the television concept of romance, being a 'nice guy', fair play and equality, all fall to Redbeard axe.
It aims to change you in a viscera
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ET
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gruesome in its charm and caressing in its grip upon your neck. It draws you in with it's expert writing and prose, then drops you facedown upon the ground.
Reminds me of my walks alongside brutal nature with her bones, carcasses, and prey scattered 'bout which I witnessed in its raw state, without a rosy tint.
We are in desperate need for a modern version of this. One many times more shocking and observant.
This work reminds me of that unseen underbelly of America that soothes over this hate I
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Joshywa Schrader
This book is very straightforward to the point that it will offend probably 90% of those that choose to read it. Definitely makes you think.
Chris Ostrowski
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it
A little heavy on the Racist overtones. You really need to look between the lines for what the author is saying.
Lucas Martinez
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The basement of the basement of the basement.

This is not a book that you should read if you are not in a quest for "primordial knowledge" or something along those lines, as it'll clash with your preconceived notions and you'll dismiss the book as a "rambling" or lunacy. If you are in this path and you are reading this then you know that this is the book for you. This is an extreme book, by far and large the most extreme that i've read. Everything about it screams brutality and manliness. Thi
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Nathan
Didn't finish the entire book but keeping it for my kids to read one day. First off the book is spot on in a lot of ways and some of it I don't agree with since I am a racial socialist. It has been said that jack London wrote this book and until I read it I assumed he had but if you read about london's political views they don't line up with what the book advocates which I sense is anarchy damn near complete freedom from government etc. London was a racial socialist and even joined different soc ...more
Aarón
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been inspired lately reading a book called Might is Right. It spends its pages taunting and emasculating the so-called men who would trade freedom for security, comfort and innocuousness. It holds Christianity in particular contempt, and no wonder--it replaced the concept of brotherhood (such as existed in nuclear families, clans, ethnic groups, nations) with a mushy "brotherhood of man" that essentially includes everyone. How myopic and delusional to think we can all coexist, with our mult ...more
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Radical social darwinist or someone who satirized it.

Rumored to be New Zealand politician, anarchist, poet and author Arthur Desmond or Jack London.

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