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The Bezos Book Burning….. now begins….

By Patrick Van Roy On February 25th, 2021

Sometime before this week, when it removed from its digital shelves a book critical of transgender ideology, Amazon altered its content policy to explicitly forbid books that promote “hate speech,” a major rule change that could be used to rationalize action against a broader range of books sold by the digital retail giant.

 

And AMAZON will decide what is “Hate Speech” you can trust them, ask the People at Parler.

14 Responses to “The Bezos Book Burning….. now begins….”

  1. You have a very odd moral system

  2. in what sense ?

  3. I remember seeing ( the utterly unreadable ) ” Mein Kampf ” in a high school library and for sale in a major bookstore in NYC.

    And it wasn’t because the school or bookstore were being soft on Naziism.

  4. I have mixed feelings about this. In one obvious sense Amazon are simply exercising their rights as a private company to sell whatever they choose so this is not censorship or book burning in any real sense. They aren’t obliged to sell or make available anything they choose not too. On the other hand I wish all major organisations, governmental or commercial would not shy away or be fearful of controversy. If ‘Hate speech’ now means anything contrary to an accepted progressive orthodoxy then we are in for a very bland and restrictive public future.

  5. Yes.

    When you are the 800 pound gorilla, other considerations should apply.

    And these days, big companies act in concert on these things. Collusion, if you would.

  6. Nothing to worry about as long as it still offers this

    https://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Flashman-George-MacDonald-Fraser/dp/0452260892/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=flash+for+freedom&qid=1614271564&sr=8-1

    with its wonderful descriptions of the slave trade, blatant sexism, snobbery and racism, sexual romps with – in many cases non-consenting – black women, our hero as a slave owner and trader and, best of all, the unforgettable beauty of old New Orleans and the Mississippi in 1848.

  7. what a horrible little book…. but it shouldn’t be banned either… not that it would be…

  8. It’s worth reminding ourselves of the Trans Taliban ideology which explains Amazon’s censorship of this book, and the extent to which that ideology is now accepted without question by large corporations and many political parties. Here is a succinct account of how the word sex has been increasingly displaced by the word gender:

    “Sex/gender. In my 1969 dictionary, the sole difference between these two nouns is that ‘gender’ has a grammatical function in languages like French. Otherwise, they mean exactly the same thing (‘gender: 1. sex’). But we’re now given to understand that ‘gender’ refers to the basket of social behaviours and ornamental conventions that traditionally govern each sex (what in the olden days we called ‘sex-role stereotypes’), which has bugger-all to do with carrying XY or XX chromosomes. Separation of biological sex from the cultural play-acting of sex is in the clear interest of the transgender lobby. Having now split off the largely trivial, decorative poppycock we heap on sex from the immutable reality of DNA, the movement’s most extreme activists now aim to replace ‘sex’ with ‘gender’, even in legislation — the better to kill off the concept of biological sex altogether. This calculated semantic divorce has been a resounding success. So good luck ever claiming that, in point of fact, ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ mean the same thing.”

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/beware-the-linguistic-trojan-horse?utm_medium=email&utm_source=CampaignMonitor_Editorial&utm_campaign=WEEK%20%2020210227%20%20AL%20%20Fisher%20%20Tracking%20PIX+CID_b3ca2a87b6ef91ba9913252069424004

  9. PVR –

    Damn your eyes. A man’s learning isn’t done if he’s not familiar with Flashy’s (mis)adventures.

    “On the other hand I wish all major organisations, governmental or commercial would not shy away or be fearful of controversy.”

    Large corporates are the most aggressive adoptees of ultra-left nonsense because they want to protect the bottom line by cheaply projecting a woke image to avoid attention of the bad things they do.

  10. Pete

    I knew Patrick’s description of the Flashman novel as a ‘Horrible little book’ would raise your blood pressure 😉

  11. I suspect that the honorable gentleman misses the point of the book.

  12. PVR would enjoy them, and learn from them, far more than he realises.

  13. I based my judgement on it by Noel’s description….. slave trade, blatant sexism, snobbery and racism, sexual romps with – in many cases non-consenting – black women….

    I regret to say I have never read these adventures…..

  14. Large corporates are the most aggressive adoptees of ultra-left nonsense because they want to protect the bottom line by cheaply projecting a woke image to avoid attention of the bad things they do.

    Yes Pete, and their latest woke fad is something called “Unconscious Bias Training”. Here is an excellent demolition job on that nonsense:

    “And even if you accept the premise of UBT, there’s little evidence to suggest that bringing these biases to the surface will have a lasting impact on people’s behaviour, making them less discriminatory once they’ve taken the course. Yet it continues to spread like Japanese knotweed. Every self-respecting institution and company has introduced UBT and many of them have made it compulsory. This includes Oxford colleges like Christ Church, Balliol and Somerville, charities like Parkinson’s UK and the Red Cross, and firms like Sodexo, Accenture and Coca-Cola. Belief in this gobbledygook now borders on the sacred, with anyone who questions it facing a disciplinary process or worse. A couple of weeks ago, Bill Michael was forced to resign as chairman of KPMG after he described the concept of unconscious bias as ‘complete and utter crap’…

    So the best way to understand UBT is as a crash course in the woke version of U and non-U. That was the terminology used by a British linguistics professor in the 1950s to differentiate upper-class from non-upper-class dialect. In 1954, for instance, the word ‘lavatory’ was U and ‘toilet’ was non-U, and in 2021 describing yourself as an ‘anti-racist’ is U and a ‘non-racist’ is non-U. By the same token, the phrase ‘people of colour’ is U and ‘coloured people’ is non-U, ‘African-Caribbean’ is U and ‘Afro-Caribbean’ is non-U, and so on. The more minuscule the difference, the better it serves to distinguish the posh from the hoi polloi.”

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-secret-code-of-the-ruling-class