Hyper-conservative online magazine Human Events Online created a list of the ten most harmful books of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I can't even begin to describe how outrageous the list is, so I will put it here.
- The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
- Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler
- Quotations from Chairman Mao, Mao Zedong
- The Kinsey Report, Alfred Kinsey
- Democracy and Education, John Dewey
- Das Kapital, Karl Marx
- The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan
- Introduction to Positive Philosophy, Auguste Comte
- Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzche
- General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, John Maynard Keynes
You'll get no complaint from me on Mein Kampf and the Mao book.
The Kinsey Report? What's that all about? Oh, right, finding out that people aren't a homogeneous, missionary-position-loving assemblage of procreative machines is pretty shocking if you're such a boring person yourself. Jealousy will get you nowhere.
That The Feminine Mystique is on the list is, frankly, appalling. You'd think these people wanted women to stay in the home cooking and cleaning like good little slave-whores. Wait, they do. No surprise that only one of the sixteen judges was a woman.
John Dewey makes the list because, "in pompous and opaque prose, he disparaged schooling that focused on traditional character development and endowing children with hard knowledge, and encouraged the teaching of thinking 'skills' instead." Yes, giving children the ability to use their own minds to discover what they choose to discover instead of force-feeding them useless facts and imposing an outdated morality on them is just horrible.
They hate Comte for coining the term sociology, for being an atheist, and for suggesting that humanity can determine how things ought to be through reason. I'm no great fan of Nietzche, but here the conservatives again make the childish suggestion that because bad people did bad things with a person's ideas, that person is responsible. Don't even ask about Keynes, because I couldn't care less.
[via AlterNet Blog: Peek]
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