Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Back in the day we burned 'em!

The conservative Human Events Online has come out with their "10 Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries," the timeline of which, according to Wonkette, "precluded both the Koran and The Purpose-Driven Life from the running." Alas. No Harry Potter?

The list:
1. The Communist Manifesto (1848) by Marx and Engels
--I bet they've never even read it.
2. Mein Kampf by Hitler
--I thought this was their kind of thing?? Racist, totalitarian... oh well. They probably haven't read it, either.
3. Quotations from Chairman Mao
--now, I've never read it, so I won't comment.
4. The Kinsey Report by Alfred Kinsey
--A little weird, I'll give you that... but fourth most harmful? Have they never read anything by Rush Limbaugh?
5. Democracy and Education by John Dewey
--ok, now this one makes sense. They don't like democracy OR education, so with a title like that, it's bound to be harmful.
6. Das Kapital by Karl Marx
--you go Marx! You're surely doing something right if you make it on their list twice.
7. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
--oh, yes, very harmful. And I guess it was, to their woman-must-stay-at-home way of life. Alas.
8. The Course of Positive Philosophy by Auguste Comte
--'Bout time a sociologist made the list (well, besides Marx).
9. Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche
--Nietzsche does kind of suck. But, again, harmful??
10. General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by John Maynard Keynes
--damn him! He's the reason why we have a deficit in the federal government (no, no, nothing to do with Iraq)...

Interesting Honourable Mentions:
On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
--haha, that's kinda funny
Beyond Freedom and Dignity by B.F. Skinner
Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin
--I'll give them that's it's been harmful (Social Darwinism anyone?), but, funnily enough, they dislike the actual science while accepting the racism.
Madness and Civilization by Michel Foucault
Unsafe at Any Speed by Ralph Nader
--oh yeah, gotta hate it when people stand up for consumers! Especially if it hurts big business in any way.
Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Prison Notebooks by Antonio Gramsci
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
--same thing as the Nader book. It's simply awful (and v. v. harmful!) when people stand up for, oh, say, health and the environment, when it stands to hurt corporations.
Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud

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