Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Harmful Books
Brad Delong points to this ridiculous Human Events Online list of the 10 most harmful books of the 19th and 20th Centuries, plus honorable mentions, as chosen by complete nut-case conservatives. Included are the predictable (Marx, Nietzsche, Darwin) and those that are just plain inconvenient to the right because of their truthful power (Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, The Kinsey Report!). Former philosophy professors who made me read Mill's "On Liberty," and Dewey's "Democracy and Education," and Foucault's "Madness and Civilization" will be thrilled to know that they also made the list.

At least now we know some good classic books to put on our Christmas lists.

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