February 24, 2006

ISN'T THE POINT TO SNAP HIGH SCHOOLERS OUT OF THEIR LIBERTARIAN PHASE:

An anti-communist reading list (Mike S. Adams, April 11, 2005, Townhall)

Today, I present a reading list, which should help any high school student understand the reality of socialism long before setting foot on a college campus. It will help abort any professor's attempt to advance his agenda by rewriting socialism's disgraceful history. [...]

The Road to Serfdom (1944) - After I published last year's summer reading list, I was criticized for two omissions. One was "Orthodoxy" by G.K. Chesterton. The other was "The Road to Serfdom" by F.A. Hayek. Complaints regarding the latter exceeded complaints regarding the former by about two to one. Nothing more need be said.

Animal Farm (1946) - Maybe your high school student is having trouble in his English classes. Maybe that is, in part, due to his inability to pick up on symbolism. I flunked English four years in a row in high school, partly because of my inability to pick up on obvious literary symbols. Nonetheless, I picked up on everything in this great little novel. While this list is presented in chronological order, "Animal Farm" might be the best starting place among these ten books.

1984 (1948) - Over the next few years, how many students will get a daily dosage of "the two minutes hate" by professors who are still seething with anger after the defeat of John Kerry? And how many times will the Office of Diversity remind us of the opening pages of 1984 as it seeks to do exactly the opposite of what its name implies?

Witness (1952) - This is one of the most important books of the twentieth century. Before and after reading this book, parents should encourage their children to visit www.biography.com and search for the name "Alger Hiss." What they read will demonstrate just how far in denial this nation still is regarding the Soviet infiltration of our government during the Cold War.
After 9/11, we can no longer afford such naiveté.

The Gulag Archipelago (1956) - If you did not think that "We the Living" painted a realistic portrait of Soviet Russia during the Stalinist purges, this great work of non-fiction by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn will set matters straight. Some call it the greatest non-fiction book of the twentieth century. I can't argue.


Way too much Rand, but then she's the beau ideal of white male teens.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 24, 2006 11:22 PM
Comments

Was that a crack at Orthodoxy?

If so, I am upset.

Posted by: Pepys at February 25, 2006 1:01 PM

ORTHODOXY is certainly a marvelous book, but I'm not sure it qualifies as "anti-communist" per se; its chief aim was definitely not political. That probably explains its omission from this list, though I must put Chesterton on my list of favorite 20th Century conservatives.

Posted by: John Barrett Jr. at February 25, 2006 1:14 PM

its chief aim was definitely not political.

That's why it's a more anti-communist book than even Road to Serfdom.

Posted by: Timothy at February 25, 2006 7:56 PM
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