A View from Above
By: John Sullivan

A View from Above <BR>By: John Sullivan
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    ISBN: 1-59824-359-4
    Edition: Paperback, 166 Pages
    Publication Date: October 10, 2006
    A View from Above provocatively argues that competition for power leads totalitarian man inexorably toward a libertarian order. The relationships examined between human nature, power and ideology are a synthesis of Hobbes, Mandeville, and Nietzsche, but the conclusions drawn depart from them and are startlingly original.

    The feature of man that premises A View from Above is egocentrism. Defining the ego as a need for social recognition, selfishness takes the form of both success and charity, dynamically creating the nexus of civilization.

    While aggressively challenging manís opinion of himself, A View from Above suggests that civil institutions are not the product of enlightened thought, but of appeasement to rising power.

    Societies are the result of the balance of power, and as human competition intensifies, power is won by increasing portions of it, the unplanned wisdom being that it is limited to the preservation of order, and with it the species.