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Wednesday, October 26, 2005
10:37 AM |
The Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries
Only silly conservatives
can compile a list such as this. But as Franklin Delano Roosevelt once famously said, "A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who has never learned to walk forward." Hahaha!
, meanwhile, provides a tongue-in-cheek commentary about the whole process.) Check out Human Events
's book-burning list...
1. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels
2. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
3. Quotations from Chairman Mao by Mao Zedong
4. The Kinsey Report by Alfred Kinsey
5. Democracy and Education by John Dewey
6. Das Kapital by Karl Marx
7. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
8. The Course of Positive Philosophy by Auguste Comte
9. Beyond Good and Evil by Freidrich Nietzsche
10. General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by John Maynard KeynesHonorable MentionThe Population Bomb by Paul EhrlichWhat Is To Be Done by V.I. LeninAuthoritarian Personality by Theodor Adorno On Liberty by John Stuart Mill Beyond Freedom and Dignity by B.F. Skinner Reflections on Violence by Georges Sorel The Promise of American Life by Herbert Croly The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin Madness and Civilization by Michel Foucault Soviet Communism: A New Civilization by Sidney and Beatrice Webb Coming of Age in Samoa by Margaret Mead Unsafe at Any Speed by Ralph Nader Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir Prison Notebooks by Antonio Gramsci Silent Spring by Rachel Carson Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud The Greening of America by Charles Reich The Limits to Growth by Club of Rome Descent of Man by Charles Darwin
It's easy to deduce that conservatives really, really hate it if anyone rocks the boat with regard such sacred cows as capitalism, patriarchy, race, prudish sexuality, and WASPish religiosity. But before Kinsey came along, for example, people earnestly believed you can grow hair on your palms when you masturbate! A harmful book? Despite some faults in Kinsey's methodology, I still say, revolutionary! While it is a sad testament of our world to have something like Hitler's Mein Kampf seeing publication, I have always believed that that book has long been overshadowed by the more powerful Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.
So what's next, a book-burning event a la Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451? If that's the case, here's a list of my own nominees for the burning:
The Complete Collected Poems by Maya Angelou
The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
The Bridges of Madison Country by Robert James Waller
How to Talk to a Liberal by Anne Coulter
The Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Who's Looking Out For You? by Bill O'Reilly
A Victor, Not A Butcher by Edward H. Bonekemper IIIInside the Asylum by Jed BabbinMisunderestimated by Bill SammonState of Fear by Michael Crichton
Endgame by Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney and Maj. Gen. Paul VallelyColossus by Niall FergusonPresidential Leadership edited by James Taranto and Leonard LeoThe French Betrayal of America by Kenneth TimmermanRestoring the Lost Constitution by Randy E. BarnettRewriting History by Dick MorrisBetrayal by Linda Chavez7 Myths of Working Mothers by Suzanne VenkerAffirmative Action Around the World by Thomas SowellThe Compleat Gentleman by Brad MinerThe Mind and the Brain by Jeffrey M. Schwartz and Sharon Begley
Help! Mom! There are Liberals Under My Bed! by Katharine DeBrechtCome on, let's be brutal troglodytes like the Human Events people for a while. Nominate books for the burning, and explain earnestly why....
[via kristine and luis are listening]
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