Tuesday, May 31, 2005


Thought you might be interested to know that the Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries include The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by John Maynard Keynes, Democracy and Education by John Dewey, and Sexual Behavior in the Human Male by Alfred Kinsey. That's according to "a panel of 15 conservative scholars and public policy leaders" assembled by Human Events magazine. Runners-up include Darwin's Origin of Species and Descent of Man, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Margaret Mead's Coming of Age in Samoa, and my favorite, Unsafe at Any Speed by Ralph Nader (preserving the lives of people who have car accidents is the first step to moral suicide!). Yup, these books are up there with Mein Kampf, and ahead of, say, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion or the works of the Islamist Sayyid Qutb, which don't make the list.

The full list is here.

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