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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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barsine
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?
daegaer
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.

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