Via Radley Balko comes this amusing link. The very right wing newspaper Human Events took a poll of prominent conservatives to get a list of the most harmful books ever written. The list was pretty much what you’d expect, with Das Kapital and the Communist Manifesto in the top ten. I was disappointed to see that two of my favorites, On Liberty by John Stuart Mill and On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin only made honorable mention (but got a good chuckle out of the rather predictable fact that they got the name wrong on the second one, calling it Origin of the Species). But here’s the punchline. While compiling this list of books that they don’t think people should read lest they be harmed in some way, they link to the Amazon pages of all of them using their code to get a cut if anyone buys them. Ah, the age old clash between free market conservatives and social conservatives finally resolved – yes, these books are evil, but we don’t mind profiting from them.