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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Books: Man's oldest enemy 

Human Events Online, a conservative chop shop you may not have heard of, published a list of the ten most "harmful" books of the last 200 years. While some I agree with whole-heartedly (Communist Manifesto, Mein Kampf, Mao's little red book), others are bizarre (Democracy and Education by John Dewey? The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan?) and the list concludes with downright self-parody (Keynes's The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money). The list seems heavily skewed to not only the 20th century, but the last half of the 20th century. We may be living in the most dangerous time to be literate in human history.

Also hilarious are the also-rans: Unsafe at Any Speed, On Liberty, Madness and Civilization, Silent Spring, etc.

-Miguel Sanchez  11:51 EST | |

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