Arthur Desmond "Ragnar Redbeard"



By Arthur Desmond (Ragnar Redbeard)

“A chant of joy I raise

A high and holy song;

The race is to the swift,

The battle to the strong.”

Life is strife for every man,

For every sun of Thunder;

Then be a lion, not a lamb

And don’t be trampled under.

It’s “might against might” for ever,

(And great things still befall),

You get what you can conquer—

Hell’s blazes if you fall.

“Laws” and “rules” imposed on you

From days of old renown

Are not intended for your “good”

But for your crushing down.

Always think your own thought,

All other thoughts reject;

Learn to use your own brain

And boldly stand erect.

You can pray until you’re toothless,

And vote and whine and shout,

But the laws of life are ruthless,

And you shall find it out.

Hate for hate and ruth for ruth,

Eye for eye and tooth for tooth,

Scorn for scorn and smile for smile,

Love for love and guile for guile,

War for war and woe for woe,

Blood for blood and blow for blow.

You urge us to bless them,

Who plunder and cheat us;

To love and caress them,

Who hate and illtreat us.

Failure to seize subsistence,

Is proof that you are “unfit,”

And, toil for bare existence,

That, that is the “bottomless pit.”

Force rules the world;

Has ruled it,

Will rule it,

Force is triumphant.

Get "Ragnar Redbeard's Unmasked Poems: Batteries of pristine scorn and revolutionary songs." By Robert Carmonius

Arthur Desmond (1859-1929).

In 1884 a failed local New Zealand politician. Later, in 1893 Desmond, the rebel unionist agitator had moved to Australia fighting on the barricades, and produced pamphlets and journals like HARD CASH, and The Standard Bearer.

After fleeing both law, and country, Desmond ends up in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America. There he lived a life under many diffrent names. At one time he had an Advertisement Bureau, he was the store manager for a Candy & Ice Cream shop, (SER-VIS.) He sold, printed, imported, and published books through Thurland & Thurland, and The House of Gowrie under the pseudonyms Richard Thurland, and Gavin Gowrie. In 1904 he married the young Fredericka Woldt (1882-1913), and within a few years Fredericka gave birth to their son Arthur Konar Desmond (1906-1977).

Between ca 1908 and 1911 Arthur was in Canada, and under the name GERALD DESMOND (and variations to that name) he promoted Socialism as a member and organizer for The Socialist Party of Canada. During this time he published two small books, now available again through RAGNAR REDBEARD, Archive & Publisher.

By the end of 1920 up till his death in 1929, he sold books through his small book shop "Gold Coast Book Store," 1353 North Clark Street, Chicago.

Have you heard of the notorious book MIGHT IS RIGHT, written by Ragnar Redbeard? Well, Arthur Desmond using the nom de guerre Ragnar Redbeard wrote that thundering opus of Social Darwinism. Might is Right first came out as a small circular back in Australia in 1890. The first official edition was published in Chicago in 1896.

Learn more about Ragnar Redbeard and Might is Right at: WWW.RAGNARREDBEARD.COM

—Arthur Desmond orates (as Mr. Smith) at The Chicago Commons, 21 April, 1896.

“Don’t read drivel—read books that make you strong to dare and do.” —Arthur Desmond.

The Struggle for Existence and The State and Government: political writings of GERALD DESMOND (Arthur Desmond, 1859-1929, "Ragnar Redbeard").

Obscure and long forgotten writings of Gerald Desmond, lecturer and writer, who under the cloak actually were Chicago bookseller Arthur Desmond (1859-1929), author of Might is Right, 1896, writing as “Ragnar Redbeard.”

These two books The Struggle for Existence, and The State and Government, were first published by The Socialist Party of Canada, in 1911.
ISBN: 978-9198777659

EASY LESSONS In the Socialistic Teachings

a study and workbook


This six-part article series, EASY LESSONS, provides an in-depth study and workbook in the Socialist Teachings. Read, ponder and answer the questions after each chapter, make notes and read the recommended books.
This book will give you a new perspective on Socialism, as Gerald Desmond was a member of The Socialist Party of Canada between 1908 and 1911. He wrote articles, published two small books, held lectures and spoke on behalf of Socialism.
ISBN: 978-9198777666

Step inside the wonderful world of a 1900s Bookselling business. Book lists including historic and important must read books, and works from: Niccolo Machiavelli, Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Stirner, Herbert Spencer, Oscar Wilde, Ragnar Redbeard, Malfew Seklew, Count Leo Tolstoy, Francis Lord Bacon, Ernest Pack, Sir Samuel Fergusson, Alphonse Daudet, Bart Kennedy, and Emile Souvestre.
Famous must read books for men and women on every "ISMS." Under the pseudonyms: Gavin Gowrie, and Richard Thurland, Arthur Desmond sold books by mail through "The House of Gowrie" and "Thurland & Thurland.". From the mid-1920s, he had a little bookstore on the North Side, Chicago.
“A Thousand Books of Fame.

FREEMASONRY—"The Open Road To Damnation." The pamphlet is brilliantly written, is extremely aggressively vitriolic. It speaks of the hidden “Black Degrees” and the “Adoration of Satan.”

“THE COMING SLAVERY,” By Herbert Spencer. For all men interested in social change or reform. Socialists, populists and prohibitionists are invited to read this.
“THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MALFEW SEKLEW,” By Malfew Seklew. (F. M. Wilkesbarre)
“WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE?” By Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, Arctic Explorer.
“THE VIRGIN’S GOD-CHILD,” By Emile Souvestre.
“THE POPE'S MULE,” By Alphonse Daudet.
IF YOU WANT TO BUY A BOOK of any kind, you should write us. We will hunt it up for you, and you will find our prices surprisingly reasonable, We give special attention to books of a strange und unusual character—books that the ordinary city dealer does not dare to handle. We have a department of suppressed and unorthodox works. We have books for and against all sorts of religions and governments—against individual tyrants and majority despotisms—also against gods and idols of all kinds. We have Socialist books, also heathen and anarchist books by the ton—populist books—books on evolution and revolution—books on EugenicsMysticismBuddhismJudaism and Witchcraft. We have books upon electricityChristian Science and airships, upon manufacturingcommercefinance and business methods; also books upon lovecourtship and marriage and the training of the child, etc., etc.
If you would obtain wealth, fame or power as other men have done, don’t fill your mind with newspaper trash and magazine rubbish. If you feed your mind on commonplace authors you yourself will become commonplace. Read the books that lift you up, as it were, fill you with fire and force and make you a living terror to your foes. Volney, Nietzsche, Machiavelli, Plutarch, Redbeard, (the sayings of Bonaparte also), these are the kind of books to set your brain working. They will wake your soul (if you happen to have one,) and send you forth to do mighty things before your eyes grow dim and all your powers wane.
2nd Edition
ISBN: 978-9198777598
First Edition
Paperback, 392 pages
ISBN-13: 978-9198593266
Hardcover, 392 pages
ISBN-13: 978-9198593297

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By Desmond Dilg (Arthur Desmond and Will H. Dilg)



A Romance of AMBITION, LOVE and War.

Being the tale of a Vice-President, a Major-General and three brilliant and beautiful women.

Ragnar Redbeard's Might is Right ends thus: Book II will be issued when circumstances demand it.

Guess what, the 1903 novel Rival Caesars is Book II.

The story begins in the colonial days when Burr and Hamilton were both young men in New York and continue until after the fatal duel. It is supposed that both the “Rival Caesars” were members of a secret organization known as “The Iron Cross,” and in this way, as well as in some other respects, the story is given a suggestion of the weird and occult.

Rival Caesars is more than just a romance novel starring Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, it was cleverly put together as a recruiting tool for Arthur Desmond and his revolutionary dreams. From Rival Caesars introductory notes; Therefore the readers of this book are expected to think between the lines. Nay, they are commanded so to do. Readers were invited to correspond with the author... For the initiated a recruiting tool for revolutionary dreams.

YOU can get this DON'T TREAD ON ME 2022 edition NOW!

(Artwork by Walter J. Enright. Original text untouched)



318 Pages

ISBN-13: 978-9198593396

316 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-9198593389
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Anarchy—The Coming Terror: Courage, Freedom, and Revolution

All around the world flags are unfurled, they might be black, red, bloodstained or showing skulls and bones. Some even fly two triangles on them. Anarchy—The Coming Terror: Courage, Freedom, and Revolution, is a collection of events, essays, articles, and reports concerning Anarchists, Communists, Socialists, Unemployed, Politicians, Revolutionists, Workers, Governments, Prophets, Robbers, Unionists, Capitalists, Individualists, Rebels, Friends and foes.

From New Zealand, Australia, to Chicago and Portland, United States of America, we present historic works by; Arthur Desmond (Ragnar Redbeard), J. A. Andrews (A Handbook of Anarchy), John Dwyer (The Anarchist), Malfew Seklew, No. 7., The Active Service Brigade, Ringleader 27Henry Lawson, and then some.

For every son of thunder...
Paperback, 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-9198593327

Arthur Desmond (1859-1929), a young local Napier, a common worker, a cattle-drover, came from nowhere as ‘a representative of the small settler and the working man’ when he stood for parliament in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand in 1884. Mr. Desmond caused quite a big stir in the political establishment as an unknown candidate with his strong and radical views. He lost to Captain Russel, and came last at a third place with 190 votes against Capt.Russel’s 564, and Mr. Sutton’s 381.
This compilation will not try to say or explain anything other than what has already been reported by the press between 1884-1885. What it will do is give you Arthur Desmond’s first ever speeches, commentary, correspondence, and articles filled with critique and praise. Poetry, and Politics—Love, and War, well, maybe not soo much love.
Later, we have learned that Arthur Desmond lived a life under many different names, one of the most notorious was Ragnar Redbeard, under which he wrote the infamous, and supressed book Might is Right, published in 1896. Another, and much less widely known nom de plume he used for a brief period was “Keo Kaha,” a Maori signature which means Strong Point.
Enjoy this little “scrapbook,” a time-piece of the political radical Arthur Desmond. From cattle-drover to Radical Demagogue.
This is a great companion to Arthur Desmond - Christ as a Social Reformer & Writings in Red.
Paperback, 204 pages
ISBN-13: 978-9198593280

Christ as a Social Reformer & Writings in Red
By Arthur Desmond
New Zealander Arthur Desmond, (1859-1929) was a poet, author, unionist, and agitator. He was an unconventional and radical political activist who fought hard for the worker’s rights. Nowadays he is probably most famous for having written the infamous 1896 book MIGHT IS RIGHT—his Social Darwinist Thundering Opus under the pseudonym Ragnar Redbeard.
In June 1890 Arthur Desmond got his article “Christ as a Social Reformer,” published in “Zealandia,” a Dunedin magazine. The article quickly became popular and in October he arranged for it to be printed as a pamphlet by Mr. Arthur Cleave, of Vulcan lane.
Presented here for the first time since 1890 is Arthur Desmond’s “Christ as a Social Reformer & Writings in Red”—which includes Mr. Van Deusen’s article “Ecclesiastical Christianity versus Jesus.” This is a collection of Desmond’s writings, poetry, and correspondence. All his published works in Zealandia. His Union and strike articles. Critiques and controversy between the years 1889-1891.
Paperback, 255 pages
ISBN-13: 978-9198593211