Might Is Right (book)

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Might Is Right or The Survival of the Fittest is a book by the pseudonymous author Ragnar Redbeard. First published in 1896, it advocates egoist anarchism, amorality, consequentialism and psychological hedonism. In Might Is Right, Redbeard rejects conventional ideas such as advocacy of human and natural rights and argues in addition that only strength or physical might can establish moral right. The book also attacks Christianity and democracy. The book claims that the woman and the family as a whole are the property of the man and its proclamation that the Anglo-Saxon race is innately superior to all other races. The book also contains many extreme anti-Semitic statements.

Friedrich Nietzsche's theories and Social Darwinism are claimed influences. However, author Chris Mathews suspects that the work is at least partly intended to be a satire of Social Darwinism.

S. E. Parker writes in his introduction to the text: "The most likely candidate is a man named Arthur Desmond who was red-bearded, red-haired and whose poetry was very similar to that written by Redbeard."

Portions of Might Is Right comprise the vast majority of The Book of Satan in Anton LaVey's The Satanic Bible, the founding document of the Church of Satan.

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