Parental advice: the fifty worst books of the 20th century October 13, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, Domestic Church, error, foolishness, General Catholic, rank stupidity, reading, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
Plus, I add some of my own.
The conservative Intercollegiate Review has put together a list of the 50 most disastrously influential books of the 20th century. You’ll have heard of some of them, others probably not. Since I have a lot of readers with school-age kids, I thought this use might be useful. Homeschoolers probably won’t come across many, if any, of these books in their curricula, but those with kids in public or private school likely will, and they are even more likely to be seen at the college level.
I highlight a few of what I agree are the worst “idea” books of the 2oth century, then add some of my own:
1. Margaret Mead, Coming of Age in Samoa (1928)
So amusing did the natives find the white woman’s prurient questions that they told her the wildest tales—and she believed them! Mead misled a generation into believing that the fantasies of sexual progressives were an historical reality on an island far, far away. [progressive fantasies and practiced perversions have played the dominant role in bringing about the sexual revolution – misery loves company, and they have long sought to bring as many down to their level as possible. Also explains their hatred for God]
3. Alfred Kinsey, et al., Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948)
So mesmerized were Americans by the authority of Science, with a capital S, that it took forty years for anyone to wonder how data is gathered on the sexual responses of children as young as five. A pervert’s attempt to demonstrate that perversion is “statistically” normal. [Actually, there is tremendous evidence Kinsey even sexually abused infants. This is a man who was a close disciple of the satanist Crowley and who practiced almost all the perversions he “discovered” were so “widespread.” They were not, his methods were near total crap, but he provided the rationalization for perversion as “normal” and introduced previously unmentionable subjects into polite society. No single man probably did more harm to souls in the 20th century than Kinsey, precisely because he made progressives feel their kinks were normal, and he struck a huge blow against Christian morals]
4. Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man (1964)
Dumbed-down Heidegger and a seeming praise of kinkiness became the Bible of the sixties and early postmodernism. [On this point, run from Heidigger, Hegel, Harnack, Nietzsche……really any philosopher post-1600 that is not named Suarez, Teresa, or orthodox Catholic. Only read the endarkenment philosphes with great caution and a firm grounding in the Faith. I think everyone from Locke and Hobbes to Voltaire and Montesquieu should only be read by mature minds]
5. John Dewey, Democracy and Education (1916)
Dewey convinced a generation of intellectuals that education isn’t about anything; it’s just a method, a process for producing democrats and scientists who would lead us into a future that “works.” Democracy and Science (both pure means) were thereby transformed into the moral ends of our century, and America’s well-meaning but corrupting educationist establishment was born. [American education has never recovered. The implosion started here.]
Theodor W. Adorno, et al., The Authoritarian Personality (1950)
Don’t want to be bothered to engage the arguments of your conservative political opponents? Just demonstrate “scientifically” that all their political beliefs are the result of a psychological disorder. [Crap research from a progressive to arrive at a predetermined result – all non-progressives are Nazis waiting to happen]
Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, Our Bodies, Our Selves (1976)
Or, Our Bodies, Our Liberal Selves. A textbook example of the modern impulse to elevate the body and its urges, libidinal and otherwise, above soul and spirit.
Paul Ehrlich, The Population Bomb (1968)
What this scientist proclaimed as an inevitable “fact”—that “hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death” in the 1970s—turned out entirely “evitable.” [Just leftist wishful thinking – and the constant trend among scienticians to fail to incorporate vital data into their analyses just because it would prove them wrong. In this sense, he is the godfather of the global warming industry]
Harvey Cox, The Secular City (1965)
Celebrated the liberation that accompanied modern urban life at the precise moment when such liberation came to mean the freedom to be mugged, raped, and murdered. Argued that “death of god” theology was the inevitable and permanent future for modern man just before the contemporary boom in “spirituality.”
Herbert Croly, The Promise of American Life (1919)
A pernicious book that celebrates the growth of the welfare state and champions the unlikely prospect of “achieving Jeffersonian ends through Hamiltonian means.” [Yeah, how has that worked out.]
John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society (1958)
Made Americans dissatisfied with the ineradicable fact of poverty. Led to foolish public policies that produced the hell that was the 1960s. [And the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s…….]
John Maynard Keynes, The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money (1936)
This book did for Big Government what Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring did for the tse-tse fly.
Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels (1979)
Bored with the real Gospels and real Christianity, professors of religion were thrilled to find out how important—not to mention feminist and pre-Socratic—these fragments were.
The Pentagon Papers as Published by the New York Times, Based on Investigative Reporting by Neil Sheehan (1971)
Publicizing the blunderings of “the Best and the Brightest” did nothing but undermine the new president’s—Nixon’s—statesmanlike efforts to salvage the mess in Vietnam bequeathed to him by JFK and LBJ. [Funny how it always works like that. Of course, Nixon didn’t help himself by panicking at the revelations. He could have turned them to his political advantage quite easily. Yet another mistake from a fatally flawed man]
Walter Rauschenbusch, Christianity and the Social Crisis (1907)
“[The Church] should therefore strengthen the existing communistic institutions and aid the evolution of society from the present temporary stage of individualism to a higher form of communism.” Eek! [I include this to show how long modernism – which is nothing but a program to make Christianity subservient to leftism – has been around]
Margaret Sanger, Woman and the New Race (1920)
This founder of Planned Parenthood published Adolf Hitler’s eugenics guru in her magazine in the early 1930s. That Women and the New Race sprang from Sanger is no surprise.
H. G. Wells, The Open Conspiracy (1928)
Wells emerges as the comically earnest would-be John the Baptist for a new religion of temporal salvation to be ushered in by a vanguard embracing “the supreme duty of subordinating the personal life to the creation of a world directorate.” Oh, my. [SF writers are often nuts]
My own list. First, in addition to some names mentioned above, anything by:
- Norman Mailer
- Gore Vidal
- Susan Sontag
- Carl Rogers (whose methods played a HUGE role in destroying religious life)
- Bertrand Russel
- Arthur Schlesinger, Jr
- HG Wells
- Arthur C. Clarke: once my favorite science fiction writer, his relentless, militant atheism and constant jabs at Christianity compromise whatever good elements he has. Plus, it seems his atheism may have been driven by grave personal sins including abuse of boys.
- Rachel Carson
- Betty Friedan
- Gloria Steinem
- Naomi Klein
- Howard Zinn
- Upton Sinclair
- Karl Marx
- Freiderich Engels
- Charles Darwin
- Ralph Nader
- Leftists generally
- Descartes: Yes, brilliant, but also insidious. Be very wary.
Specific other books:
- The Catcher in the Rye: convinced whole generations of youth that authority was irretrievably corrupt and that rebellion/being an aloof, condescending jerk were “good”
- Anything on the Gnostic Gospels: unless you have a rock-solid grounding in the Catholic understanding of Scripture avoid these like the plague
- Les Miserables – anti-Church bias at its finest
- The Grapes of Wrath: just too preening
- Atlas Shrugged – I don’t like Ayn Rand, she was amoral and had essentially no love for her fellow man
- Mein Kampf
Enough for now. I look forward to your recommendations. If you include the 19th century a number of other books should jump on the list: Das Kapital, The Communist Manifesto, The Origin of Species, etc.