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  1. #1 Ten ‘most harmful’ books ever. Really. 
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    Okay, I have an idea, let’s burn books. Really, let’s ignore everything we’ve learned and burn books.

    http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=7591

    Look through the honorable mentions. I’m sure that ‘Silent Spring’, which talks about ecosystems being destroyed because of DDT, is really a harmful book. Ditto Skinner, Darwin . . . oh, here we go – a conservative panel has a problem with John Stewart Mill, the one of the FOUNDERS OF CAPITALISM!!!!!


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    I'm not sure what to think when I see Princeton and Northwestern professors beside Phyllis Schlafly. Actually, though it's irrelevant, I have this urge to smirk at those pundits lamenting the lack of a conservative voice on college campuses.

    But that list is just ... creepy.


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    How sad. The only books I can judge are Das Kapital, Mein Kampf and Beyond Good and Evil. Das Kapital is an important work because it describes an event. He promotes Capitalism in it's present form, but he predicts a stalemate. He, in my memory, never promoted the initiation of a communist state. He simply suggested that such a state would form, eventually.

    The Nazis misinterpreted Nietzsche. The people using this as an argument against him clearly are not deservant of any academic title. Nietzsche was pro-freedom (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten, Aphorism 333), and believed that a people as a whole should not be prosecuted.

    Mein Kampf is not a harmful book. Though the acts described therein might be considered harmful, that does not make the book harmful. So too the Bible is not harmful for killing millions of people in the name of the biblical God.

    The only instance in which any book can be considered harmful is when one would form a statistic on how many people have been beaten to death by a book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crimson_Scribe
    Okay, I have an idea, let’s burn books. Really, let’s ignore everything we’ve learned and burn books.

    http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=7591

    Look through the honorable mentions. I’m sure that ‘Silent Spring’, which talks about ecosystems being destroyed because of DDT, is really a harmful book. Ditto Skinner, Darwin . . . oh, here we go – a conservative panel has a problem with John Stewart Mill, the one of the FOUNDERS OF CAPITALISM!!!!!
    I believe that any book should be left alone for who can tell when one day others might say that the books you enjoy are worthless and should be burned.
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    I can't take any site seriously that rates 'The Feminine Mystique' in a most dangerous list that includes The Communist Manifesto.

    What I want to know is how they thought that Communism was more dangerous than the idea of women out of the kitchen, I mean really.

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    Want a real laugh? Read about the judges.
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    John Stuart Mill was a philosopher, not a financier... And he's interests and philosophy was Utilitarianism, not capitalism. 'The Communist Manifesto' is a brilliant piece of work, that is largely underrated because of the poor implementation of communism in some countries. It's painfully obvious that the people who wrote the list, did not read the books on the list. Freidrich Engels was a genius, as was Dewey, Kinsey and Marx. The only book on there that I have not read was 'General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money'. And they have ads for Ann 'I swear like a sailor because I need to get laid' Coulter, so I automatically put them in the Stupid is as Stupid Does category.
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    I know that he was a philosopher, but he has massive impact on the way early capitalism grew. Point is, I think this is silly . . . Of course, I've got a stack of copies of the 'Little Red Book' that I plan on selling, so what have I got to say?

    I'd also like to say that, after sifting though their website, 'reactionary' is more appropriate that 'conservative'.

    But here's a question I've been thinking about: How much damage did Mien Kampf really do? Before Hitler came to power? How about after Hitler made it the sole textbook of Germany's school system? In that case, what did the damage, Hitler or his book?
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    "Coming of Age in Samoa"]?
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    Funny, under, General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money...

    The book is a recipe for ever-expanding government. When the business cycle threatens a contraction of industry, and thus of jobs, he argued, the government should run up deficits, borrowing and spending money to spur economic activity. FDR adopted the idea as U.S. policy, and the U.S. government now has a $2.6-trillion annual budget and an $8-trillion dollar debt.
    Hmmmm, you mean like today under Bush?
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    Yeah you'd think that Reganomics might have influenced Bush more . . . though I kinda have to say that Bush is more of the 'no policy at all' variety.
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    Like on the movie, The Day After Tomorrow, all those volumes of Tax Law and add books on human evolution from apes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FieryIce
    Like on the movie, The Day After Tomorrow, all those volumes of Tax Law and add books on human evolution from apes.
    Been planning on making a post in here, going through the list of books and ridiculing the putting them on the dangerous book list, but just haven't had time.

    But, I can't let this pass without at least a comment. I HATE that part of the movie. That movie was so stupid in so many ways, but burning books when there were so many chairs, shelves, and picture frames to burn was fucking STUPID BEYOND MEASURE!!

    Hey. I'm practical. By all means. Tear out some pages of the tax codes or even the others, it's not like there aren't any other libraries around, but how long are the books going to burn?

    They had to make this big dramatic point about burning books to stay alive that they neglected that the whole thing was fucking stupid.

    I really hate that movie.

    Hate.



    As to the list.
    It was stupid. Beyond measure.
    I notice that Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil is on the list? Wonder why they picked that one and not The Antichrist or Thus Spoke Zarathustra? Why Beyond Good and Evil? Because of the title? I'm sure.

    That site is just plain ignorant.

    I'm always amazed when people show just how ignorant they can be.
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    Well I now make it a point to read each book. I've already read Communist Manifesto, Kinsey Report, Second Sex, which was amongs the honorable mentioned.

    I'm surprised that these sob's would stick their head up their ass so far, that they can't realize the damage that they do. What a bunch of shitheads.

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