Conservative Index

Human Events Online gives a list of the Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries:

HUMAN EVENTS asked a panel of 15 conservative scholars and public policy leaders to help us compile a list of the Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Each panelist nominated a number of titles and then voted on a ballot including all books nominated. A title received a score of 10 points for being listed No. 1 by one of our panelists, 9 points for being listed No. 2, etc. Appropriately, The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, earned the highest aggregate score and the No. 1 listing.

Each book is accompanied by a short ‘graph of rationale. But here’s just the straight list.

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

The list of scholars follows the (longer) list of honorable mentions.

2 thoughts on “Conservative Index

  1. I am posting this comment for the Scandalous One:

    I tried to comment on your entry about Top Ten dangerous books as seen by conservatives but your site told me I had questionable content and wouldn’t let me post! Well here’s my two cents if you could find a way to put these into a comment for me.

    Betty Friedan? Did she disparage traditional housewives or did she help them see that’s not the ONLY role women must have? I was talking this morning coincidentally to a group of retired women, all around 70 years old or so, and one of them asked me what I’d wanted to be when I was younger, and that got all of them talking about the same thing. One had wanted to be a lawyer, but was ridiculed by her father and told no way. She became a teacher. Another wanted to be a psychologist or psychiatrist, but was told by a professor in college that women couldn’t do that. She became a librarian. Another woman went to work for Abbott Labs during WWII because Abbott opened up to women due to men being in the army and such. She went for her Ph.D in chemistry and worked as a chemist until she retired. I thought it was interesting that she didn’t have to give up her job after all the men came back, but I didn’t get a chance to ask her more about her experiences.

    I know The Feminine Mystique is about a bunch of upper middle class white women who have something “missing” in their lives, etc. etc. and completely ignores the fact that in this country, many poor women of various races have HAD to work outside the home and didn’t have the choice to stay home with their own children. I mean, how many of those upper middle class white housewives back then had domestic help or servants? That’s a whole other part of the issue, not to mention that stay at home mom/housewife is a way different thing than it was in the last century, before the Industrial Revolution, so the false dichotomy between staying at home and working is relatively new in human history.

    Is it on the list because traditionally that book is seen as the kick-off to the feminist movement? And the feminist movement is viewed as conservatives as wholesale bad? Really? Were there any women among these public policy leaders and scholars who came up with the list and if so, how in the world do they think they were able to become public policy leaders and scholars?

    On another note, I hope Anna is doing well in her pregnancy and I’ll say a prayer for your growing family; please say one for mine (due Sept. 2nd).


  2. If it’s any consolation, not even I can post to my own blog! As I understand it, it has to do with comment spam protection. You/I should be able to come back later and post with no problems. It is irritating, though.

    As to the why’s and wherefore’s of the list: you got me. Some of them seem fairly obvious, others make you go Hmmmmm. I could think of far more pernicious books to include (some of them made the honorable mentions, for example: B F Skinner). It may be that the Friedan book is included not so much for philosophic content as cultural context: it served as an icon of sorts for later developments in feminism. But I’m just winging it here, I don’t know.

    Looking over the lists of scholars, the only one who is a woman is Phyllis Schlafly. Ah, yes. . . QED.

    Thanks for the prayers on the soon-to-arrive Healy. Our prayers go out on your behalf as well.

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