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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.


Jun. 3rd, 2005 10:56 am (UTC)
And what about Rachel Carson's Silent Spring? Presumably, people classing something as 'dangerous' means that they don't agree with it, and if people aren't listening to environmentalists then all the arguments about which ideologies and '-isms' are right, wrong or dangerous will be moot, since we won't have a viable or inhabitable planet to carry them out on.
Jun. 3rd, 2005 10:59 am (UTC)
It's dangerous because the earth was given to us to exploit, and we can and should do as we like with it and the environment, 'cos otherwise we're disobeying God.

I find just one or two problems with that position, as you might guess . . .
Jun. 3rd, 2005 11:49 am (UTC)
But even for right-wing conservatives, what about the whole idea of 'stewardship'? Doesn't it imply some kind of responsibility? I always thought (and possibly wrongly) that though Christian thinking does set humans above the rest of creation, that means that in our greater wisdom & benifience (etc. etc.) we should look after everything else?
Jun. 3rd, 2005 12:02 pm (UTC)
I've come across right-wing conservative Christians who think stewardship means taking care of the world, and those who don't (and those who think explotiation of the environment is literally a God-given right). They've tended to share an outlook that things can't get too bad, because God won't let them. The world is made for our benefit, and therefore cannot be any other than beneficial for us.
Jun. 3rd, 2005 11:32 am (UTC)
God is going to swoop down and fix the ozone layer, didn't you know? That is, if ozone depletion isn't a made-up conspiracy of atheist environmentalists.


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