My “ASAO”:http://www.soc.hawaii.edu/asao/pacific/hawaiki.html homies and I have been pondering “Human Events”: listing of the “the ten most harmful books of the 19th and 20th century”:http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=7591. Human Events is, as they put it, a weekly magazine that “is objective.. but  not impartial. It looks at events through eyes that favor limited constitutional government, local self-government, private enterprise and individual freedom.” The list, as you might expect, is quite a doozy. Amazingly, the Communist Manifesto wins over Mein Kampf and both win over Chairman Mao’s little red book. I’m pretty much on the opposite end of the political spectrum from this website, but what is the criteria being used here? I think the Manifesto is supposed to stand for ‘Stalin and Lenin’ but what are the figures for the Cultural Revolution and the Long March again, in terms of Just Lots Of People Dead?
Even more amazing, John Dewey’s Democracy and Education wins out over The Wretched of the Earth, a book that advocates the therapeutic effects of violence. I’m not a Fanon hater (I have a post on Algeria up my sleeve in fact) but if I were a hardcore right winger it seems to me I’d be more upset at Fanon than Dewey! I long for the time when ‘conservative’ meant ‘people who read Burke and Oakeshott and Macintyre.’ And when did ‘conservatives’ stop reading the Great Books and focus exclusively on the Christian bible? Sigh.
At any rate — what would you put on this list?