10 Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries

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makaira
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Nov 16 2006 19:20
10 Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?print=yes&id=7591

Interesting. Read the comments for each book, they're good for a laugh smile

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Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Posted May 31, 2005

HUMAN EVENTS asked a panel of 15 conservative scholars and public policy leaders to help us compile a list of the Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Each panelist nominated a number of titles and then voted on a ballot including all books nominated. A title received a score of 10 points for being listed No. 1 by one of our panelists, 9 points for being listed No. 2, etc. Appropriately, The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, earned the highest aggregate score and the No. 1 listing.

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Nov 17 2006 00:25

i wasnt surprised to see the marx stuff up there - i'm surprised as hell that Lenin only got an honourable mention!

but what really is screwed up: they put Dewey up there???

Keynes was a bit from left-field, too... i mean, he was basically the guy who saved Capitalism from implosion, and they're blaming him?

clever folk!

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Nov 17 2006 11:47

I am very suprised to see keynes on there, not so much of marx or nietzche. There was a quote about the keynes thing saying

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FDR adopted the idea as U.S. policy, and the U.S. government now has a $2.6-trillion annual budget and an $8-trillion dollar debt.

I don't know how the economic situation in 2005 is directly related to the keynsian economic policies adopted by FDR. It is a really big jump in time where anything could have happened. I'm also pretty suprised about Darwins books been on there, i can just tell this was done by a bunch of neocon nutters.

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Nov 17 2006 11:48

Thats wicked, I remember reading it awhile ago.

Silent Spring is on the 'honourable mention' list, as is Fanon and Ralph Nader! Emma Goldman surely has to be on there somewhere??

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The Nazis loved Nietzsche.

Thats a really low down dig and not that true really, what type of scholars are they?

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Marx’s materialistic theory of history, portraying capitalism as an ugly phase in the development of human society in which capitalists inevitably and amorally exploit labor by paying the cheapest possible wages to earn the greatest possible profits.

At least that description for Capital is on track.

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Nov 17 2006 11:53

Das Kapital. 'Marx'

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He could not have predicted 21st Century America: a free, affluent society based on capitalism and representative government that people the world over envy and seek to emulate.

Quality indeed.

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Nov 17 2006 11:58

and of course failiure to predict the future is an unforgiveable error roll eyes tongue

Adam Smith on the other hand describes modern america in intricate detail wall

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Nov 17 2006 12:01

I wanted them to have lots of witty one liners about Mein Kampf, maybe about how utterly shite and boring it is, but sadly it wasen't forthcoming.

Interestingly enough Hitler got 41 points, and the Manifesto got 74, 33 more!

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Nov 17 2006 15:13
Joseph K. wrote:
and of course failiure to predict the future is an unforgiveable error roll eyes tongue

Not everybody can be as clairvoyant as me.

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Nov 17 2006 17:07

Why the hell would Mao print "billions of copies" of the little red book, when only recently did China's population even surpass 1 billion? :?

Ah in the honourable mentions there was one sort-of anarchist (well, revolutionary syndicalist)

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Reflections on Violence
by Georges Sorel
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Nov 17 2006 17:35

As I'm sure some of you may know I am no marxist, but what a bunch of reactionary,bigoted numptie retards.

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Nov 17 2006 17:37

Can you believe it? Even John Stuart Mill is on list.

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Nov 17 2006 17:40

And another thing,most Nazis were Christian.Positive Christianity was written into the Nazi constitution.

makaira
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Nov 17 2006 18:04

It seems as though some of you are pissed off as if it was written by the New York Times or something. I posted it as a joke. Human Events is "The National Conservative Weekly." Nobody listens to them.

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Nov 18 2006 00:05

But they were a bunch of the same books that genuine American intellectuals voted on recently too, though Darwin's Origin of the Species came up highly in that one! grin

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Nov 18 2006 00:45

Mao brinted "billions of copies" of the little red book to export into other countries. I think there were like 10,000 printed in Esperanto alone.

Also interesting that they ignore the fact that the American debt hovered steadily at about 1 billion from FDR to Reagan, and since then has almost sentupled!

makaira
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Nov 18 2006 01:56
John. wrote:
But they were a bunch of the same books that genuine American intellectuals voted on recently too, though Darwin's Origin of the Species came up highly in that one! grin

Do you have a source for this? I'd be interested in seeing another list. I don't know if I can believe that Origin of Species would be on the list if U.S. intellectuals (I'm assuming that means university professors) voted. High School teachers, maybe...

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Nov 21 2006 19:40

The very fact that they deem books as 'harmful' proves that they are very close to being book-burning Nazis. Some of the comments are pathetic and some frankly ludicrous!

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Nov 21 2006 22:43

Obviously they haven't read most of them... And I also liked the vision they have of 21st century America. They should get out more...

And where would marx have been without "What is Property?"