Human Events Magazine has gone and done it. They assembled a distinguished and surprisingly diverse group of authors, critics, and intellectuals and listed the 10 Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries. (HT: Citzcom)
...So many books to choose from…so few chosen…
The fact is they could have made it “The Hundred Most Harmful, etc.” and still come up short. And even though they included both Darwin’s Origin of Species and Descent of Man in the “Honorable Mention” category – perhaps as a gratuitous slap to contemporary humanists – they actually did a pretty good job. Here are their choices:
1. The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels
Or, How to Screw up the World In Five Easy Lessons
2. Mein Kampf by You-Know-Who
The first blogger, Hitler’s incoherent rants became a best seller in Germany only after he came to power and people started to give the book as a wedding gift. Also spawned numerous imitators and a cottage industry in accusatory epithets. (See here for the latest)
3. Quotations from Chairman Mao by Mao Zedong
Little known fact: Even though it’s been referred to by moonbats as The Little Red Book when the Chicoms ran out of red paper, they remade the cover, coloring it with the blood of the Gang of Four (which rapidly ballooned into the Gang of Twenty Million). Unfortunately, they soon ran out of people to execute (figuring that 20 million was just about right) and ended up publishing it in China with an aqua-marine cover with a very nice gold leaf binding.
4. The Kinsey Report by Alfred Kinsey
All your sex belong to us.
5. Democracy and Education by John Dewey
Take every crazy idea that’s come up in education over the last 50 years and it will have Dewey’s fingerprints all over it.
6. Das Kapital by Karl Marx
More looniness quoted today by loons who think a “dialectic” is some new kind of phone.
7. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Freidan
The reason why drop-dead gorgeous women are rarely feminists. One look at Freidan and most of her husky, pimple faced, hairy legged followers who think that sex is rape and good looking babes run for cover. The only mystique involved here is what man could have been so castrated as to marry this bitch?
8. The Course of Positive Philosophy by Auguste Comte
More God is dead stuff from a Frenchman. Two strikes right there.
9. Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
God and Superman wasn’t enough for this moonbat, he had to saddle the western world with this incoherent screed against just about everything. Nietzsche was a pest. He was a pill. He was a burr under the saddle of rational thought. And he was Hitler’s fave to boot.
10. General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by John Maynard Keynes
We can thank this moonbat for the welfare state.
I’m surprised they didn’t find room in there for Jacques Derrida’s Of Grammatology which pretty much began the most destructive social movement of the 20th century, Deconstructionism. Although technically a book about literary criticism, Derrida’s followers pounced on his ideas of textual nonsense and turned literary criticism into damaging critiques of western civilization. We’re still trying to recover from that movement’s destruction of the rational left in Europe and to some extent the United States.
Finally, another really harmful book that didn’t make the list and was perhaps the book that had the most influence on Hitler and other Nazi leaders was Houston Stewart Chamberlain’s The Foundations of the 19th Century in which this befuddled Englishman’s theories on race so captivated the perverts who surrounded Hitler they just couldn’t wait to put them to good use. Hitler himself nearly swooned when Chamberlain told him at their first meeting in 1927 that he would rule Germany one day.
Good thing that one is out of print.