Inspired by Matthew Scmitz , Artur Rosman, and a great list from 2005,[ref]Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries (humanevents.com)[/ref] and to celebrate Banned Books Week, I came up with my own list of books I wish were never written, and who’s reading can only bring misery. These are the times I wish I had read more!
8. General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
Author: John Maynard Keynes
Publication date: 1936
The single most influential economic book in support of big government, Keynes isÂ who we have to blame for the errors of the modern Euro-socialist and ultra-liberal statism and economies built backwards.
7. An Essay on the Principle of Population
Author: Thomas Robert Malthus
Publication Date: 1798
Malthus, an English cleric and scholar, was concerned about poverty, and believed that after a certain point, the growing population would lead to poverty. He coined what he called his Iron Law of Population, and based on his ideas, much legislation in England and even later in the Americas and the Darwin-fueled eugenics movements.
His theory led to the now infamous false predictions of catastrophe known as “Malthusian Catastrophe,” something predicted that does not happen.
6. The Population Bomb
Author: Paul Ehrlich
Publication Date: 1968
Following in the footsteps of Malthus, Ehrlich gave new life to the idea that we were nearing some population maximum, and needed to limit human population growth. Unlike Malthus, Ehrlich gave specific predictions about when we would hit such catastrophes, and even suggested penalizing countries that did not put population controls into place. Like Malthus, however, he did not predict the ability of technology to increase crop yields, produce energy, or reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Modern overpopulation fears continue to misguide our public moneys into abortions, create unsustainable elderly populations as people have insufficient children to support their aging parents (funny how the real creator or economic downturn turns out to be limiting population!), and miss out on parenthood in a misguided goal of sparing the world of children.
5. History of the Conflict between Religion and Science
Author: John William Draper
Publication Date:Â 1874
Draper, along with his contemporary anti-religionist Andrew Dickson White (History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom, 1896) created and perpetuated the lie that Augustine and the Church believed the world was flat, and that this and other negative consequences of religion proved that reason and faith were incompatible. This led to other bogus misnomers like “The Dark Ages,” which real historians call the Middle Ages, and which were not a brutal time of ignorance presided over by an oppressive church.Â This entire line of bogus argumentation is called The Conflict Thesis.Â [ref]The Dark Age Myth: An Atheist Reviews â€œGodâ€™s Philosophersâ€ (strangenotions.com)[/ref] [ref]15 Myths about the Middle Ages (midievalists.net)[/ref]
The fact is, the Christian faith has contributed more to the advance and wellbeing of humanity than any other ideology, despite its abuse by power hungry church leaders through the ages. For a decent revision of the anti-Catholic enlightenment historians we are used to hearing from, try one of these great volumes:
4. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
Author: Charles Darwin
Publication Date: 1859
Although this volume was published after WWII, its ideas were already circulating during the war, and gave the Nazi’s scientific justification for their eugenics programs. Not only has Darwinism contributed to the validation of atheistic regimes, it prolonged the ideas behind black slavery (“favoured races” and all), weakened the valuing of human life, hindered scientific progress, and was even responsible for hindering American post-civil war reconstruction.[ref]Darwinâ€™s impactâ€”the bloodstained legacy of evolution (creation.com)[/ref]Â [ref]The Darwinian foundation of communism (creation.com)[/ref]Â [ref]Examining the historical and logical links between Darwin and eugenics (wholereason.com)[/ref]Â [ref]Darwinism Impeding Science (wholereason.com)[/ref]Â [ref]Darwinismâ€™s history of racism (wholereason.com)[/ref]Â [ref]Evolution and Social Darwinism in Civil War Reconstruction (wholereason.com)[/ref]
In fact, the drive behind such unsubstantiated ideas as the multiverse grow out of the need to address statistical impossibility of evolution and the design of the universe. No empirical data suggests a multiverse, but suggesting it is the naturalist’s best idea for addressing the obvious encoded information and specified complexity in creation.
3. The Communist Manifesto
Authors: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Publication Date: 1848
This anti-capitalist screed supported the overturn of dictatorial and corrupt Czars in Russia, and helped spread brutal atheist-statism around the globe. What they never understood is that the cure for human evil is not taking away freedoms, but limiting freedoms and promoting virtue through public religion. Hence, our wise founders were quoted thus:
“The great pillars of all government and of social life [are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible.” (Patrick Henry)[ref]Patrick Henry: Life, Correspondence and Speeches, William Wirt Henry, editor (New York: Charles Scribnerâ€™s Sons, 1891),[/ref]
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams. signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and our second President.[ref]Letter to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts, 11 October 1798[/ref]
“The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of allÂ republican governments.Â Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.” Â (Benjamin Rush,Â Signer of the Declaration of Independence)
2. The Koran
Author: God (jk, Muhammed)
Publication Dates: 660/1924
You can go read the complicated history of the compilation of the Koran, but needless to say, it has led to the misery and deaths of millions since it’s inception. Only atheistic Communism has killed more people than Islam.
1. The Hadith
Publication Date: 889
Worse than the murderous piety of the Koran is the actual life of Mohammed. Most of what Mohammed did is considered as divine as what he wrote, and what he did was captured by others who knew him while alive. In fact, many Muslim scholars claim that without the Hadith, Muslims using the Koran alone would not really know how to live in a Muslim fashion.
Such atrocities as his betrothal to and copulation with his 9 year old wife Aisha, his bloody judgments and raids, the murder of Jews and captives, and strange habits like plucking out all pubic hairs, are recorded for Muslims in these extra-Koranic writings.Â [ref]Proof that Islam is Evil, Violent, and Intolerant- Straight From the KoranÂ (janmorganmedia.com)[/ref]Â Â [ref]Pubic Hair: An Islamic History (telegraph.co.uk)[/ref]Â Â [ref]Jihad: The Teachings of Islam from its primary sourcesÂ (answering-islam.org)[/ref]