One suggestion for dealing with Amazon’s book-burning spree is to nationalize the company, which has a “monopoly in the digital public sphere,” and put Jeff Bezos on trial for treason.
By Dr. Kevin Barrett
The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America—and American tradition—enshrines freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Nowhere is this more evident than in the book publishing industry. Historically, few books have been banned or restricted in America for any reason other than obscenity or indecency, and even those restrictions have largely collapsed. Since the mid-1960s, a book can only be banned if a reasonable person would consider it prurient, in violation of contemporary community standards, and completely devoid of literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.
But since 2017 our tradition of freedom from book censorship has been annihilated. We are living through the worst-ever assault on the Bill of Rights. This crime is being committed by a monopoly in service to an organized crime syndicate. Amazon, under pressure from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and allied groups, has “kindled” the biggest book-burning bonfire ever. And the books Amazon is burning are not those brimming with obscenity. You can still buy the Marquis de Sade’s pornographic incitements to rape, torture, and murder, alongside thousands of similar abominations, on Amazon. What you can’t buy are scholarly books that carefully and dispassionately document facts that pose a threat to the continued reign of what certain hotheads have (not entirely inaccurately) called ZOG, the Zionist Occupation Government.
On March 11, Amazon—which holds an effective monopoly on book sales in the United States—notified professor Kevin MacDonald that two of his scholarly books, The Culture of Critique and Separation and Its Discontents, had been banned: “During our review process, we found that this content is in violation of our content guidelines. As a result, we cannot offer this book for sale.”
What content, specifically? Which guidelines did it violate, and how?
MacDonald reports: “In subsequent emails, they just keep repeating that these books were found to violate ‘content guidelines,’ even though I pointed out that they were published 21 years ago by a respected academic publisher. No specifics. No appeal process.”
Amazon doesn’t just ban scholarly works by professors who advocate for white people. America’s leading pro-black-people historical research team, the Nation of Islam (NOI) Research Group, has also been the victim of an Amazon book-burning bonfire. In his article “American Pravda: Amazon Book Censorship: Banning Black Historiography During Black History Month” Ron Unz discusses Amazon’s scandalous banning of the NOI Research Group’s multi-volume series The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews. Volume 3 of that series convincingly exposes the ADL as an organized crime syndicate founded to protect the Jewish rapist and murderer Leo Frank.
Though I do not agree with MacDonald or NOI about everything, I cannot help but recognize that their banned books feature high-quality scholarship. The same cannot be said of the rabidly Islamophobic books of Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, and a long list of other Zionist-funded propagandists who together make up the $50-million-per-year Islamophobia industry. Though almost uniformly characterized by poor scholarship and reckless animosity to the people they write about, these authors are not only allowed to sell their deceptive and hateful wares on Amazon but are relentlessly promoted by Zionist big money. In other words, essentially the same organized crime syndicate is forcing Amazon to ban dispassionate scholarly works as “hate,” while simultaneously spending hundreds of millions of dollars promoting actual hate propaganda sold by the boatload on Amazon.
Spencer, the Zionist-paid hate propagandist who inspired child-murderer Anders Breivik, is peddling 37 very bad books on Amazon. At least nine editions of Hitler’s Mein Kampf are likewise being sold there. Thousands of books that offend modern liberal sensibilities are equally available. So are books that offend traditional conservative sensibilities. And that is as it should be! Two-bit hate hacks like Spencer, as well as important historical figures like Hitler, should be refuted, not silenced.
And speaking of Hitler: The current wave of Amazon censorship began two years ago with the wholesale banning of revisionist books about World War II. On March 6, 2017, Amazon banned 68 titles from Castle Hill Publishers, which specializes in scientific and forensic historical investigations. Germar Rudolf of Castle Hill asserts that his company was not the only one targeted, and that, in fact, hundreds of revisionist history books were banned that day.
Our Constitution, and the tradition of liberty it enshrines, is being shredded. But there is a simple solution: Force Amazon to respect the Bill of Rights. Like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, Amazon has a monopoly in the digital public square. It is a de facto public utility not a private company. If Jeff Bezos keeps spitting on our Constitution, we must nationalize Amazon—and try Bezos for treason.
Kevin Barrett, Ph.D., is an Arabist-Islamologist scholar and one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror. From 1991 through 2006, Dr. Barrett taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin. In 2006, however, he was attacked by Republican state legislators who called for him to be fired from his job at the University of Wisconsin-Madison due to his political opinions.
Dear Honorable Professor Kevin Barrett,
Do you think the extreme controversy surrounding the Nation of Islam’s volume three of their “Secret Relationship” with respect to the Mary Phagan rape-homicide by Atlanta B’nai B’rith president Leo Frank and how it was received resulted in white nationalist and racialist circles is what ultimately led to its censorship? I heard through the grapevine it was wildly popular among what the media terms extremists. The ADL was galvanized in the aftermath of the Leo Frank conviction August 25/26 1913, and it would seem they have a vested interest in making sure only one narrative is orthodox in the mainstream, that Leo Frank was a civil right’s icon, and martyr of anti-Semitism.
Oddly enough, I recall very recently finding audiobook versions of NOI’s ‘Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, Volume 3, The Leo Frank Case, Lynching of a Guilty Man’ on the racially conscious discussion forum called VNNForum (Vanguard News Network Forum) run by Alex Linder. He created an audiobook section on his discussion group, and published his audio book of volume-3 there and it seemed like it got many thousands of views. Linder is a very controversial figure, and apparently he has converted more than 10,000 pages of anti-Semitic books into free audiobooks. Could this be one of the central reasons for the censorship?
I also found a copy of the audiobook of this NOI book, specifically the V3 Leo Frank case book on The American Mercury, I was a bit shocked to find it reasonably well produced, and the narrator, Vanessa Neubauer, added a kind of strong-confident flare to its reading that made the book seem rather convincing. I know the SPLC and ADL both accused The American Mercury of being a Leo Frank propaganda website and “deeply anti-Semitic” so I can’t help but wonder if this had a significant influence on it being deplatformed.
Do you think The American Mercury publishing the audiobook version of it and the ADL-SPLC anti-Semitism lobby calling the site essentially an anti-Semitic propaganda machine, was the real reason it might have been censored?
It would seem to me audiobooks are in many ways more powerful than books themselves, because with audiobooks you can play them over and over again, in the background while you’re doing other things, like cleaning, washing the dishes, etc…
Would love to hear your thoughts on controversial books being converted into audiobooks and how they might put the books themselves at potential risk, because of the immense reach audiobooks have. The audiobooks are free, so they have a greater reach as opposed to books which cost money.
John Gunther, USA