Top 10 worst books

May 31, 2005 3 Comments »

An interesting list via NealeNews here, including:

  • The Communist Manifesto
  • Mein Kampf
  • Quotations from Chairman Mao
  • The Kinsey Report (but what about the new movie!)
  • Democracy and Education (Dewey) and
  • Das Kapital (Marx)

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  1. Ian H. June 1, 2005 at 7:20 am -

    What a crock – this list is stupid.

    First, it assumes that an idea, written on paper, can be dangerous. If that’s the case, why stop at books – why not label the free expression of ideas dangerous, because someone might come up with something we disagree with.

    Second, these books are all “dangerous” to one point of view only. Why not include Adam Smith’s treatise on free market economics, which was certainly “dangerous” to countries using a mercantilist system. Why stop there? What about the Declaration of Independence – it was “dangerous” to British Colonialism in North America.

    At its root, this list is simply a list of books whose premise the judges do not agree with. Fine. Call a spade a spade and say that this is the list of top ten books that conservatives don’t like. But dangerous? Don’t make me laugh.

  2. Jeremy June 1, 2005 at 4:07 pm -

    Since you are a teacher, I know you can read. Imagine, then, my consternation at your confusion of harmful and dangerous. Leaving aside that an idea can be dangerous, the books listed have proven themselves to be harmful. The ones you list upset the status quo, but everyone was better off as a result.

    The first three books on the list spawned, encouraged, or sustained the worse mass murderers of the last century, and continue to encourage followers all over the world to this day.

    The fourth misinformed three generations of westerners on the nature of sexuality and in some ways laid the ground work for the mess that was the sexual revolution.

    The fifth contributed to the present state of the US educational system. Nothing more needs to be said.

    I’ll leave out the middle, and skip to the 10th. Think of how many govenrments have adopted Keynes theories and how damagaging and misguided that has been for economies everywhere. Besides the reliance on debt, how about the effect on inflation? How many recoveries were delayed or made worse by the idea that government should step in every other minute to fix things?

    Ok – even if you don’t buy my arguments, I bet you can’t name a single more harmful book than what they’ve listed.