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    Friday, October 07, 2005

    How Harmed Are You?

    Human Events, National Conservative Weekly (since 1944), has a list of the "10 Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries". How many have you read?

    1. The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels, 1848 *

    2. Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler, 1925 *

    3. Quotations of Chairman Mao, Mao Zedong, 1966

    4. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, Alfred Kinsey et al, 1948 *

    5. Democracy in Education, John Dewey, 1916

    6. Das Kapital, Karl Marx, 1867 *

    7. The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan, 1963*

    8. The Course of Positive Philosophy, Auguste Comte, 1830

    9. Beyond Good and Evil, Freidrich Nietzsche, 1886

    10. General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, John Maynard Keyes, 1936.


    Honorable Mention:

    The Population Bomb by Paul Ehrlich

    What Is To Be Done by V.I. Lenin *

    Authoritarian Personality by Theodor Adorno

    On Liberty by John Stuart Mill *

    Beyond Freedom and Dignity by B.F. Skinner

    Reflections on Violence by Georges Sorel

    The Promise of American Life by Herbert Croly

    The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

    Madness and Civilization by Michel Foucault *

    Soviet Communism: A New Civilization by Sidney and Beatrice Webb

    Coming of Age in Samoa by Margaret Mead

    Unsafe at Any Speed by Ralph Nader

    Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir *

    Prison Notebooks by Antonio Gramsci

    Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

    Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon *

    Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud *

    The Greening of America by Charles Reich

    The Limits to Growth by Club of Rome

    Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

    *= read by EL

    I was heartbroken to see that no scrap of fiction or poetry made the list. I was also surprised that Freud only made Honorable Mention! No Autobiography of Malcolm X? And Foucault appears with Madness and Civilization rather than A History of Sexuality or Discipline and Punish? And no Judith Butler? No W.E.B. DuBois?

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