posted on Jun, 2 2005 @ 01:22 PM
Of the ten books listed and the three honorable mentions, I have 12 in my library (I can see I’m going to have to get ” The Course of Positive
Philosophy" by Auguste Comte.
I would say that only four and a half of them are “dangerous” in that (1) They were widely read; and (2) they fostered dangerous
things, like wars and misery in their wake:
“Kapital”, “Mein Kampf”, and ”Quotations” were all written by nuts whose views were adopted by others, and the result was
entire nations and races bankrupt in money, morals, and lives. All three are now where they belong, the dustbin of history, but what a horrific
legacy they left behind!
”Democracy and Education” was/is a truly evil book, which, as much as any other work, replaced education with indoctrination and, in my
never-humble opinion, is the reason that the United States is now rapidly approaching third World status in matters of secondary education and overall
stupidity of its citizenry.
Keynes’ is the “half” book; it popularized government intervention in finance and provided the theoretical justification for Roosevelt’s New
Deal policies, and those policies’ bastard spawn. But, although it certainly expanded the hand of Big Government into your private life and mine,
it at least didn’t create a nation of sheep like Dewey did; or a nation of corpses like Hitler, Marx, and Mao did.
Erlich’s “Bomb” is, in retrospect, silly; it didn’t happen, and it ended up making many environmentalists look like fools (which may or may
not be a good thing). Nietzsche and Friedan, like Erlich, are simply silly.
Mead’s, Kinsey’s, and Darwin’s work may be counter to what conservatives think the world should be, but as far as I‘m concerned,
they‘re all sound science.