Communicator (communicator) wrote,

10 bad books

Oh, here's a good book list (and by 'good' I mean 'stupid'): 10 Books That Screwed Up the World by some neo-con nutcase called Wiker.

* The Prince, Machiavelli ('the inspiration for a long list of tyrannies')
* Discourse on Method, Descartes ('proved God’s existence only by making Him a creation of our own ego')
* Leviathan, Hobbes ('led to the belief that we have a “right” to whatever we want')
* Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels ('the most malicious book ever written')
* The Descent of Man, Darwin ('he intended “survival of the fittest” to be applied to human society')
* Beyond Good and Evil, Nietzsche ('issued the call for a world ruled solely by the will to power')
* Mein Kampf, Hitler ('a kind of spiritualized Darwinism')
* Coming of Age in Samoa, Mead ('pansexual paradise')
* Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, Kinsey ('autobiography masquerading as science')

bold = I have read

In the Amazon review it says "Wiker has read the worst book in western civilization so you don't have to". Heh, that must be a relief to his readership - ignorance is virtuous. (ETA - I wonder whether Wiker has read them by the way?)

I guess most people would agree that Mein Kampf doesn't have much to recommend it. But it's only in there to provide some legitimacy to the other stupid choices. Other than the Hitler I'd guess they were all worth reading. I'm surprised he didn't revile Thomas Paine, but I think Paine is well-thought of as an inspiration for the US constitution, by people who haven't read him. Personally I love him, but I think reading one paragraph would make Wiker's hair stand on end.

Anyway - can a book be harmful? I actually think it can, but there is no choice except allowing every adult access to every book, because the alternative is even worse.

ETA - I meant to say, are there any books you consider harmful? I'd say Malleus Maleficarum, The (fake) Protocols of the Elders of Zion, The Turner Diaries... not sure what else.
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