Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Dangerous reading

Preposterous Universe follows a tangled web to Human Events's list of the Most Harmful Books, according to conservative "thinkers."

The first ten (through Keynes) are the final list, the rest are runners up. Note that Darwin made the list twice!

It's really dumb that things like Kinsey, Darwin,
Silent Spring, and Unsafe at Any Speed get named as dangerous books. Darwin and Kinsey were just guys, no ideology, out for the truth. The latter two warned people of harmful things around them.

Freud, on the other hand, deserves to be number one.

I can see how some of the list makes sense, but what's wrong with
On Liberty? It lays out classical liberalism, the sort of liberalism which gives us things like liberal democracy. You cannot simultaneously oppose Soviet and Nazi authoritarianism and oppose classical liberalism. Not in at any time in the last 150 years.

As always, when you buy your summer reading after clicking a link here or searching in the Amazon.com box on the side, I get a cut. If you're spending the money anyway, why not let a little of Amazon.com's profit come to me in stead.