Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Mao and Hitler and Kinsey (Oh My).

Wonkette point me in the direction of this most important list. (You know how I love me some lists.) Human Events Online presents THE TEN MOST HARMFUL BOOKS OF THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY. Check it:

  1. The Communist Manifesto by Marx/Engles
  2. Mein Kempf by Hitler
  3. Quotations from Chairman Mao by Mao
  4. The Kinsey Report by Kinsey
  5. Democracy amd Education by Dewey
  6. Das Kapital by Marx
  7. The Feminine Mystique by Freidan
  8. The Course of Positive Philosophy by Conte
  9. Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzche
  10. General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by Keynes

I understand the inclusion of books by insane psychopaths (i.e. Hitler, Kinsey). No arguing there. I understand the Mao and the Marx entries. (Hell, I agree. I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.) But does John Dewey really deserve that fifth slot? His crimes (according to the Human Events Panel): writing in "pompous and opaque prose" and urging "the teaching of 'thinking skills'" which would go on to "nurture the Clinton generation." Damn that Dewey!

What's crazy about the Friedan entry is that they spend so little time on what her book espouses and more on gossip gleaned from a Salon.com (!) review of Friedan bio. ("The author documents that 'Friedan was from her college days, and until her mid-30s, a Stalinist Marxist, the political intimate of the leaders of America’s Cold War fifth column and for a time even the lover of a young Communist physicist working on atomic bomb projects in Berkeley’s radiation lab with J. Robert Oppenheimer.'") At least she wasn't a commie lesbo!

I hope that was helpful, kids. Now you know which books are acceptable to bring to this weekend's Sean Hannity - Let Freedom RingTM Book Burning Party.


At 11:09 PM, Blogger Dashiell said...

I like how for the Keynes review they said that "FDR adopted the idea as U.S. policy, and the U.S. government now has a $2.6-trillion annual budget and an $8-trillion dollar debt." As if we've never had a surplus and it was all Crazy Commie FDR's fault we're in debt now. The Nietzsche one is also ridiculous. great stuff!

At 11:33 PM, Blogger Joshua said...

I love, obviously, "The Nazis loved Nietzsche," which nicely ignores the fact that Nietzsche despised antisemitism and German nationalism. But I think the best is that "On Liberty" gets an "Honorable Mention." Indeed, all that individual liberty crap has destroyed America.

PS: lots of liberal intellectuals hate that Dewey book too. Richard Hofstadter goes after Dewey in both "Social Darwinism In American Thought" and "Anti-Intellectualism In American Life." Dewey can suck my decimal system.


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