I don’t usually pay attention to lists, but this one is too idiotic to leave unexamined.
These 15 scholars and public policy leaders served as judges in selecting the Ten Most Harmful Books….
You can read the list of people who chose the “ten most harmful books of the 19th and 20th centuries” and judge for yourself whether there were any contrasting views of the world represented in the august decision to condemn certain ideas.
Seriously, folks, the idea that The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money by John Maynard Keynes is responsible for the U.S. federal debt, which was built up almost entirely by anti-Keynesian Republicans, or that Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man and Ralph Nader’s Unsafe at Any Speed, which drove the standard use of seatbelts deserves honorable mention, is simply ludicrous.
For a bunch that loves to argue that “guns don’t kill people, people do” the far right sure doesn’t appreciate the distinction between ideas and action. Yes, The Communist Manifesto was wrong, because it called for revolution based on its analysis of history, but does that mean it caused the Russian Revolution, as the panel suggests? By the same logic guns do kill people.
If we’re going to label ideas as harmful, these 15 trogolodyte “scholars” are the most harmful ideologues scuttling through American thinking.