Friday, October 18, 2013

Digital Book-Burning: Amazon To Stop, Or Be Stopped From, Selling Dissident Books

Daily Mail Online today is running a piece lifted more or less intact from a webzine named The Kernel, not previously known to me but mainstream center-left to judge from the articles—if you’re traveling leftwards, about midway between the New York Times and The Guardian.

The gist of both pieces is that Amazon should stop selling, or be stopped from selling, books with an anti-Semitic or white nationalist theme.

As a commercial enterprise, Amazon will undoubtedly fold under pressure of this kind and institute controls over what books it accepts for sale.  The controls will be devised by the usual Cultural Marxist geeks

The resulting exclusions will sooner or later—probably sooner: the Left is brimming with confidence right now—embrace any writer more controversial than David Brooks.

London’s Charing Cross Road used to have a number of specialist bookstores whose patrons left with their purchases well-concealed in brown paper bags.  Perhaps the Internet will develop some equivalent.

Or perhaps we shall fall back at last on government protection.  I see that Richard Spencer’s upcoming National Policy Institute conference is to be held in a federally-owned building—the only kind of place left in our demented society where we can be sure that First Amendment liberties will be honored.



Anonymous said...

"You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating, at the top of his lungs, that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then you can stand up and sing about the land of the free."

Anonymous said...

What short memories these liberals have. It wasn't that long ago when the far left (communists) were blacklisted because of their beliefs. Now we have a liberal paper advocating a return to that thinking, just directed at someone else.

Anonymous said...

Leftists have always used force and coercion to forward their ideas, up to and including Bobo's good friend Bill Ayres who advocated the systematic murder of 25 million Americans who would refuse to conform to communist ideals.

Anonymous said...

Trying to silence opposing views is not the sign of a person who is confident that their views are good enough to withstand scrutiny.

Anonymous said...

It has nothing to do with confidence. It's all about, CONTROL.

Anonymous said...

but golly, isn't dissent the highest form of patriotism? lol