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Unpopular Essays by Bertrand Russell

In this ensayoe of glitter and good-looks Russell is especially handicapped; in his later years he had the appearance of a somewhat scrawnier but more human looking version of Gonzo the Muppet. View all 30 comments. However, what he didn’t see that this unification would be delivered by global capitalism instead of an armed conflict.

He has good points for why this is necessary, and I nodded along with him, but a one world government is about as realistic at this point as my no-government world. Let’s quote from passages that Russell wrote when the Nazi legacy was still a recent memory and the dangers of authoritarian populism were fresh in everyone’s thoughts. Each is the result of a powerful mind giving free range over the analysis of various subjects.

I do not doubt from this and his other writings that Russell is a genuine progressive that he only wants the greatest freedom and liberty that can be had for mankind as a whole, yet such a rash means really illustrates the force that the idea of a one world government has over people, and if a bertranr philosopher like Russell is flat out willing bertrabd openly advocate war in that pursuit, I can only imagine the amount of duplicity actual politicians have engaged in since then in the same fussell intentioned pursuit.

I disagree with some of Russell’s ideas, but the trick is to remember that the essays were written during the cold war. Years ago I read an essay by Bertrand Russell which included an imaginary conversation between a cat and a dog.

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Dec 01, Tim added it. My favourite so far though is the inducement to philosophy in the final section of “Philosophy for Laymen”: It’s okay to use force against people I disagree with, because my guys will win out impopualres the end, so it won’t get used against me.

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Russell’s concern in these essays is how are we going to survive as a planet. It must have been really difficult to be optimistic about the future when major part of the century so far most of the countries had been focused in tearing each other to pieces instead of aiming for profit through commerce.


I’ve never given too much thought to a one-world government, but if the Evangelicals hate it, then maybe it’s a good thing.

Preview — Unpopular Essays by Bertrand Russell. This fact Britain can be proud of, being a country that has produced few public intellectuals in recent history and which looks unlikely to produce another one ever again. Nov 18, Wsm added it Shelves: See 1 question about Unpopular Essays…. Sep 10, Alex rated it liked it Shelves: He set it out with so much obscurity that people thought it must be profound.

To ask other readers questions about Unpopular Essaysplease sign up. I think he overstates the case that empiricism leads to democracy. That is all berrtand way of explaining that I picked this up for “light” reading on a late-night subway trip, a claim which might otherwise seem preposterous. He convincingly notes the common drivers of these fatuous beliefs across epochs to be fear, a need for self-importance, ignorance and socialization.

However I don’t recall that connection being explicitly made in the essays. I hope he doesn’t miss his copies of these, but since he doesn’t trust computers, he’ll never know I have it.

Bertrand Russell was right about many things. His commentary on Stalin and Hitler is all very well, but at several points he begins to predict, from the vantage point of or so, what the world will be like at the end of the 20th century, and is wrong on every specific suggestion, mainly that we would all be dead of thermonuclear war, or united under a single international government. He even includes a self written bertran of his own obituary.

However russelo they may be,many of Russel’s ideas resonate with me. A impopulars degree of isolation both in space and time is essential to generate the independence required for the most important work; there must “Men lived with one kind of illusion, and when they lost it they fell into another.

In this collection one will find some dated examples but nonetheless worth reading. This is understandable mistake when considering the time period when the essays were ruseell.

Russell’s ‘unpopular’ views leave him at odds across the political spectrum and in one of the topics I actually agree with, Russell explains that he does not believe in the inevitability of progress ridiculing it as symptom of confirmation bias.


The gulf between Bertrand Russell’s serious and popular writing about philosophy seems particularly wide; I have never undertaken the Principia Mathematica and might do well to admit to myself that I never will.

Apr 28, Ron rated it really liked it. Written in the early days of the Cold War, he was wrongly convinced that unless something drastic happened we would end up destroying each other by the year This work contains 10 essays written between andwith the common theme being the pernicious impact of dogmatic, unsupportable beliefs.

Wrong-headed but popular notions concerning race, money, education, class, religion, and science are all properly distilled through that supremely skeptical intellect of Russell’s. We are suffering not from the decay of theological beliefs but from the loss of solitude. View all 5 comments. Want to Read saving…. Because of their age, they are dated, but unfortunately humanity often repeats its history, learning little from its mistakes.

He predict wrong things about word. His sharpest attacks are reserved for Man’s superstitions and particularly for those of the religious variety.

Unpopular Essays

Jul 21, Valerie rated it it was amazing Recommended to Valerie by: A thought provoking book. Apr 13, Jake rated it really liked it. But ideas and principles that do harm are, as a rule, though not always, cloaks for evil passions. For me the most valuable learning from these essays is Russel’s view on the responsibilities of teachers and the industrialized berttand system.

The man is just a deluded asshole, and his essence is probably just seeping out of his pores or something. Good, diverse collection of essays.

On The gulf between Bertrand Russell’s serious and popular writing about philosophy seems particularly wide; I have never undertaken the Principia Mathematica and might do well to admit to myself that I never will.

In a piece called “An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish”, he satirizes pedlars of esoteric knowledge – “it is a singular fact that the Great Pyramid always predicts the impopjlares of the world accurately up to the date i,populares the book in question, but after that date it becomes less reliable.