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Human Events, the bizarrely titled American conservative magazine, has published a list of what its panel has voted "the ten most harmful books of the 19th and 20th centuries". The result is unintentionally hilarious. Apart from the inclusion of Mao's Little Red Book and the obviously and undeniably evil Mein Kampf, most of the books are remarkable in their un-scariness. What's actually scary is the idea that a bunch of people think that The Feminine Mystique, Origin of the Species, Margaret Mead's Coming of Age in Samoa and John Stuart Mill's On Liberty are as harmful as Hitler.

Link from Alchemy Girl in the Chicklit Forums.

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biascut
Jun. 3rd, 2005 10:44 am (UTC)
Man, I don't like the idea of "a harmful book" even if we're talking about Mein Kampf. There was a bit more to the Holocaust than "someone wrote a nasty book". As they've noted themselves, noone took much notice of it until Hitler was in power. At least Kinsey, Friedan et al actually wrote influential books in their own right.

Looking at their comments on Keynes, they don't seem to be terribly keen on the idea of big national deficits. I wonder if they've mentioned this to their president?
pinguin
Jun. 3rd, 2005 11:32 am (UTC)
Looking at their comments on Keynes, they don't seem to be terribly keen on the idea of big national deficits. I wonder if they've mentioned this to their president?

Maybe they objected to the bit about paying off your huge national deficit when the economy is doing well.

OK I should really stop spamming stellanova's page and go read the thing.

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