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Ten Most Harmful Books Poll

Yup, I want to do this. First up, a poll. I've poked through the books in the top ten to see what is decently short and what is decently cheap. The following books are nominated to be the first book in the Ten Most Harmful Books Club:

  • The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels. Editions:
    • Signet paperback, 80 pages, $5.95
    • Charles H. Kerr pamphlet, 60 pages, $5
    • Free on the internet
  • Introduction to Positive Philosophy, Auguste Comte. Editions:
    • Hackett paperback, 84 pages, $6.95
    • Free on the internet
  • Beyond Good And Evil, Friedrich Neitzsche. Editions:
    • Penguin paperback, 250 pages, $9.60
    • Digiread paperback, 108 pages, $6.95
    • Free on the internet

The other books on the list were over 300 pages (my arbitrary cut-off) and a bit more pricy (though several do have free versions on the internet). If this is successful, longer ones can be used for subsequent books.

Voting closes Friday morning when I wake up. Approval voting is used. That means vote for whichever of these books are acceptable to get you to participate. You don't have to pick only one.

Approximate schedule will be: 1 week to purchase book. After that, I'll post questions and discussion topics approximately weekly, free-wheeling flaming to occur in comment threads. Last week in April I'll host an in person 10 Most Harmful Book Club discussion, with food and drink. Those who participate will get, in addition to food and drink, double votes on the next selection.

Edited to Add: Please just hit submit if you don't plan to participate but want to see what wins the poll. I'd rather only people who plan to participate choose the book. (If your plans to participate fall through, we'll revoke your vote later, then hunt you down.)

Poll #940327 Harmful Books the First

Which of the following books would you be most interested in reading first?

The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels
4(26.7%)
Introduction to Positive Philosophy, Auguste Comte
1(6.7%)
Beyond Good And Evil, Friedrich Neitzsche
4(26.7%)

Also, I know I typo'd Nietzsche. Deal. Can't fix a poll once it's posted.

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martygreene From: martygreene Date: March 5th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've read all three, but the communist manifesto was the first of the three that I read.
martygreene From: martygreene Date: March 5th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also, double votes for people who can be there in person? a bit skewed to make it Seattle-centric no? I might be interested in doing this even though I've read all three, but I'm on the opposite coast, and damned if I'm flying out for a book club meeting. Just a thought.
turtlegrrl13 From: turtlegrrl13 Date: March 5th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wanna do this after I graduate. I have too much school reading to do that will take away from reading recreationally.
evillinn From: evillinn Date: March 5th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm game for any of them. I think I'll start trying to pick up all of the books on the list, as I'm able, regardless of the decision here.
From: dyann Date: March 6th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I have no preference.
gkr From: gkr Date: March 6th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Vote for all three then.
From: node Date: March 6th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
evillinn From: evillinn Date: March 9th, 2007 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I picked up The Communist Manifesto and Beyond Good and Evil at Half Price Books tonight. There were half a dozen copies of Communist Manifesto for $1-5. There were only a couple copies of Beyond Good and Evil, and they were around $5. This was at the U-district store.

Oh, and they didn't have Introduction to Positive Philosophy.
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