Thursday, July 07, 2005

Where ignorance is bliss...

What books do conservatives wish you hadn't read? According to Human Events Online, The Feminine Mystique among others. The publication asked 15 conservative "scholars and public policy leaders" to identy the 10 most harmful books of the last 200 years. Here they are:

1. The Community Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
2. Mein Kampf, by Adolf Hitler
3. Quotations from Chairman Mao, by Mao Zedong
4. The Kinsey Report, by Alfred Kinsey
5. Democracy and Education, by John Dewey
6. Das Kaptal, by Karl Marx
7. The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan
8. The Course of Positive Philosophy, by Auguste Comte
9. Beyond Good and Evil, by Friedrich Neitzsche
10. General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, by John Maynard Keynes

It's an interesting question. Can books BE harmful? I want to think about what books, if any, I would put on such a list.


Blogger Julie said...

I'm surprised The Origin of Species isn't on there. Or anything by Freud.

On a related note, have you seen Satan's Bookclub?

7:16 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Coulter said...

The Origin of Species is on the runners-up list.

In any case, I have decided that The Feminine Mystique is dangerous, at least if you think your women should be barefoot, pregnant, and submissive. It made me into a self-identifying feminist.

10:50 AM  

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