Might is Right: The Authoritative Edition


1845-1945, 1946-Today, Book, James L. Walker, Kevin I. Slaughter, Laurance Labadie, Max Stirner, Ragnar Redbeard, Sidney E. Parker / Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

“Nature’s command is, ‘Be egoistic, possess the earth and fight it out.’ Jesus insists: ‘Be altruistic, abandon the world, and love your enemies.'”
—Ragnar Redbeard, Might is Right: The Authoritative Edition 5.5:7

The editors of UnionOfEgoists.com have completed a major new egoist book, and surely one that has proven as or even more controversial than Stirner’s Einzige, but containing largely the same message. The Authoritative Edition of Might is Right by Ragnar Redbeard is now available after years of work. The variant text of the five editions published in the author’s lifetime have been harmonized into one volume. In addition, this new volume contains thousands of previously undocumented citations and a never-before-published index. It features a new introduction by Peter H. Gilmore, High Priest of the Church of Satan.

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Might is Right—a book that all rebels will want to read, especially in these days that ‘try mens souls,’ but with the philosophy of which, in full, no social revolutionist will agree. But the book will force you to think and it will show you in naked words how the mighty rule.”
The Voice of the People (Industrial Workers of the World) 1914

“It is surely one of the most incendiary works ever to be published anywhere… Redbeard surely undermined the largest part of the rationale to which conventional society appeared to be anchored.”
—James J. Martin, Laurance Labadie 1978

“Erratic, inspiring, infuriating, a mixture of individualistic sense and collective nonsense, it outlines a case for ‘social darwinism’ that is one of the frankest and most powerful I have ever seen.”
—Sidney E. Parker, “Ragnar Redbeard and the Right of Might” The Storm 1982–’83
Might is Right is a book of action and not belief. It is poetry, not a platform. Since the first edition in 1896, Might is Right has inspired those across a dynamic political and philosophical spectrum. The consistent core of the work is this: the individual is against everything but the self, and any means of proliferation of the self is the only good. Might is the power of the individual, and that is the only foundation of Right.
Published in 1896, Might is Right went through five editions during the lifetime of Ragnar Redbeard, who had just moved to America, escaping the law in Australia. Every one of these had a plethora of revisions and reversions, many subtly coloring the meaning of the text, others leaving literal gaps on the printed page where type was physically removed from the printing plates.
Now Might is Right: The Authoritative Edition not only reveals one authoritative text, but adds thousands of citations and notations to reveal a much greater story underneath the text. Every literary reference is cited, every name is given biographical sketch. Redbeard’s voice is given echo in some of the contemporary and historical figures that his ideas of an amoral philosophical egoism are in accord with.
“Thou shalt give thy heart to no god, for that is idiocy; neither shalt thou love thy neighbors as thyself, for that is madness.”
—Ragnar Redbeard, Might is Right: The Authoritative Edition 5.1:4