Might is Right; or The Survival of the Fittest New book by Ragnar Redbeard, LL.D., U. of C. 178 pp. Cloth, gilt, $1,50; paper, 50c, postpaid.
This is no ordinary book. Undeniably it is the most remarkable publication that has appeared in Christendom for fifteen centuries. Its philosophy is that of a scientific Satan, a realistic Anti-Christ. With grim and Pagan logic it assail the first principles of moral codes, religions, politics and law; affirming that modern civilization is a horrible hypnotic seance, a continuation of the terrorism and gloom of the Dark Ages. It marshalls an overwhelming array of facts to prove that the man of to-day is a physical and mental dwindling, a coward, a weakling, a slave. Upon biologic Spencerian principles it attacks the Golden Rule, the Sermon on the Mount, the Jewish Decalogue, statute books, written constitutions and representative institutions, affirming that they are all without higher sanction or authority than organized duplicity or armed Power. Therefore if man is ever to be free, these artificial and domineering “Thou Shalts” must be strenuously swept aside.
Dr. Redbeard contends that fitness to survive must be tested by the clash of armies: all other tests being fraudulent. Victors in war are naturally entitled to dominate; and the “defeated”—that is, the runaways who feared to die—are equally entitled to servitude. Throughout all organic life the chief selective agency is combat. women admire warriors above all other kinds of men. Communities of cowards (and their descendants) are rightfully plundered, taxed, enslaved.
“Right” and “wrong” are decided not by the Meek but by the Mighty, who, consequently may write laws, creeds, constitutions, title deeds—and re-write them at pleasure. Equality ideals are mere milenial illusions, for all life is strife—a combat to the death.
As long as the struggle for existence is “moralized” or limited by Governments and Gods, the unfit and base instead of being trampled down (as nature intended) are stupidly permitted to set up Imperial Injunction Seats and deal out death, bondage and ruin to Highest Types.
Thus, by demanding his credentials, Darwinism is fatal to the tyrant. It rings him round with menace and destruction. It hurls against him ten thousand trained rivals. It proclaims to all men “Nothing is true; nothing is sacred; all things are open to you; blessed be the vanquishers.”
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THURLAND & THURLAND EVANSTON CHICAGO, ILL.
“Might is Right,” by Ragnar Redbeard and published by Ross’s Book Service, is a remarkable book. Originally published in 1890, it has run through five editions, and has had an extraordinary influence on the minds of its readers. The audacity, candour and brutality of the author right through his work alternately attracts and repels the reader. Copies of this amazing exposition can be obtained at our Book shop, Ross’s Book Service.
—The Socialist 12 August 1921
“From the moral and ethical points of view, it compares with Machiavelli’s “Prince,” but it is questionable if any writer has equalled Redbeard in sustainedinvective. For nearly two hundred pages phrase after phrase descends like aclub, bent upon smashing to flinders the church and state at which it is aimed.”
Liberty Vol.1 No. 18(19 October 1933)
– 1896 Ragnar Redbeard, Chicago
– 1903 Ragnar Redbeard, Chicago
– 1910 W.J. Robbins, London
– 1921 Ross’s Book Service, Melbourne
– 1927 Dil Pickle Press, Chicago
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FROM THE PUBLISHER'S PREFACE, 1903 EDITION:
FIRST EDITION: 1890 - 16 pages - 25 copies - typewritten - private circulation only.
SECOND EDITION: 1895 - 100 copies - proofs - for private circulation.
*THIRD EDITION: copyrighted and published - 1,000 copies - Chicago 1896 - sold in six months.
FOURTH EDITION: 2,000 copies - London - Eagle & Serpent Publishing Company - 1900.
*FIFTH EDITION: (from original plates) - 10,000 copies - Chicago, New York and London - 1903.
Might is Right (The Logic of To-Day) is reprinted in the NEW BOOK
Might is Right: The Authoritative Edition
A truly authoritative edition of Might is Right by Ragnar Redbeard. The variant text of five original editions harmonized into one, with thousands of previously undocumented footnotes and citations. New introduction by Peter H. Gilmore, High Priest of the Church of Satan.
Besides the editions published while the author still lived, and the amazing Might is Right: The Authoritative Edition, there is a few more out there.
Worth mentioning :
Might is Right - The Revisionist Press, New York 1972. Introduction by Laurence Labadie
Might is Right - M.H.P & Co., Chicago 1996 Centennial Printing. Forword by Anton Szandor LaVey. (1930—1997) the founder of the Church of Satan.
Might is Right - Dil Pickle Press 2005. Edited by Darryl W. Condor