Books

Here is some recommended reading, classified by author.

Stefan Molyneux

Stefan’s most important contribution was to unite ethical philosophy and psychology. Through an understanding of the roots of “good” and “bad”, psychology loses its veil of mystery and overcomplexity – as one would expect from something (morality) that has such overwhelming influence on our thinking and behaviour. This was Stefan’s key contribution, in spite of the fact that he still ended up reaffirming yet another set of moral commands, which explains his popularity and internet persona (Freedomain Radio). You can find a formal disproof of his position here.

 ‘On Truth: The Tyranny of Illusion’

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This book addresses the logic and fundamental nature of our primary relationship with our parents. It is impossible to be correct about ethics, or anything else related (which is most things), without understanding what happens when we learn “good” and “bad” at this most critical, developmental point in our lives. The book is short and clear, and helps our understanding for the most part. A criticism of this book can be found here.

 ‘Everyday Anarchy: The Freedom of Now’

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The promotion of the concept “anarchy” does not suggest we inhabit the correct ethical space, just as the promotion of the word “atheism” does not suggest we have completely let go of irrationality and gods (as our essay ‘What Is: A Rational Basis for Existence and Ethics’ demonstrates, the opposite of an inexistent, moral concept is also inexistent, and moral). However this book does an excellent work at showing that our fear of anarchy (that is, the absence of governments) is completely unfounded. What’s more, it shows how anarchy, understood as the sort of natural order that belongs in nature (what we call ethics at moraluniversal.com) is already filling almost every place in your life without you having realised it.

‘Practical Anarchy: The Freedom of the Future’

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Imagine you live in 19th century America and someone tells you that human slavery should not be abolished because you don’t have an alternative plan to pick the cotton. You would tell this person that they are being fallacious: not having an alternative does not mean we should not stop violence on other people. And yet this is exactly how a lot of people reply when presented with the argument against governments: “so what is your solution then?”… to try to get you on a defensive.

Certainly, the ethical progress of humanity does not happen overnight, but the fact that better solutions for our social problems exist, when we remove the violence that nobody wants to see, can also be shown to those who actually are interested in the solutions. This book does the best job at it I have ever seen.