Book burning

A few weeks ago, Human Events Online (The National Conservative Weekly) came up with its list of the Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries. I find the list really interesting — a few communist books, one of the core feminist books, a couple philosophy books, a book on male sexuality, Hitler’s Mein Kampf, and a couple of others. It astounds me that in this day and age, in our country, people still figuratively burn books. To me, this is the equivalent of having someone say you’re too dumb to be exposed to the dangerous ideas in these books. It assumes you don’t have the power or the ability to think critically for yourself. Writing a non-fiction book is like having your say, sharing your ideas with anyone who’ll read it. For a site that puportedly supports individual freedom, having had this list created seems somewhat ironic. What is it that Jesus calls his followers? Oh, sheep.

The other irony is that lists like these only make books on them that much more tantalizing. By the way, the 15 judges that came up with this list were 14 males:1 female.

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