Thursday, June 02, 2005

Harmful

What do the following books have in common?

Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, John Maynard Keynes's The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, Charles Darwin's Origin of Species and Descent of Man, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Ralph Nader's Unsafe at Any Speed, Karl Marx's and Freidrich Engels's The Communist Manifesto, Mao Zedong's Quotations from Chairman Mao, John Dewey's Democracy and Education, B. F Skinner's Beyond Freedom and Dignity, Margaret Mead's Coming of Age in Samoa, and Sigmund Freud's Introduction to Psychoanalysis.

The right-wing wingnuts at Human Events Online assembled a panel of distinguished right-wing wingnuts to come up with the "Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centurys." The list above is just some of the books they came up with. They either made the top 10 or were listed as honorable mentions. I guess there is nothing more harmful than ideas or thinking.

So what books does Human Events Online recommend? Well, the Human Events Book Service offers several interesting books for sale, including Robert A. Levy's Shakedown: How Trial Lawyers Are Abusing the Judicial Process to Enrich Themselves at Our Expense, Ben Shapiro's Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future, Michael Savage's Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder, and, of course, Byron York's Vast Left Wing Conspiracy.

On their homepage, Human Events Online has their "Readers' Top Five," the Human Events Book Service's bestselling books:

1. The Grammar Bible by Michael Strumpf and Auriel Douglas - "In one handy reference: answers to all your toughest questions about good grammar."

They might want to be careful about selling this one. If you learn grammar, you may learn to write. Next thing you know, you might start thinking for yourself.

4. Safely Prosperous or Really Rich? by Howard Ruff - "Whether you want to be 'really rich' or just 'safely prosperous' -- here's how to achieve your own Financial Heaven."

But why settle for just safely prosperous when you can be Really Rich? And why settle for Really Rich when you can be Bloody Stinking Rich? The other spots on their Top 5 are all anti-Muslim diatribes.

2. Infiltration by Paul Sperry - "How radical Muslims masquerading as 'moderates' are infiltrating our government, our military, our prisons, our schools -- and even the Department of Homeland Security."

3. The Life and Religion of Mohammed by J. L. Menezes - "Mohammed: the ugly truth about the founder of the world's most violent religion."

5. The Sword of the Prophet by Serge Trifkovic - "What Muslims, multiculturalists, and the media hope you never find out about Islam."

Hmmm...Is it possible, maybe, that they might have gotten their lists mixed up?

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