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McCall, John Erwin; editor
The Eagle and the Serpent [18 issues]
London: Eagle and the Serpent, 1898-1915. Bound volume containing 17 issues of the slender, somewhat irregularly published journal, together with a loose issue, in larger format. The issues in the bound volume are Vol. 1 nos. 1-7, 10-12; vol. 2 nos. 1-5, and undated special issues 18 (on "Why do the ungodly prosper?") and 19 (on "Socialistic stupidities"). The bound issues, while toned, are generally in very good condition, with some occasional handling wear or stains. A significantly later issue is also included, vol. 18 no. 4 (July 1915), about 8.5x11 inches, toned and edgeworn. It was published in Chicago; the precise connection with the earlier London journal is unclear, but the philosophical position remains intact. Published during the first World War, it argues that "Men are born for strife and struggle... and peaceful conditions are debasing and unnatural to them." Brutally outspoken Egoist publication, deriving its primary inspiration from Nietzche, Emerson and Stirner, which called on its readers to be as proud as the eagle and as wise as the serpent. "A race of altruists is necessarily a race of slaves. A race of freemen is necessarily a race of egoists. Freedom cannot be granted. It must be taken. To convert the exploiters to altruism is a fatuous programme-a maniac's dream. The only remedy for social injustice is this: the exploited must save themselves by enlightened self-interest. The exploiters are certainly egoistic enough; the only hope for the exploited is for them to become equally so-yes, consistently, persistently egoistic. Egoism spells justice and fr … [Click Below for Full Description]
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