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'Banned Books Week' / surreal hypocrisy of the American Library Association, by Michael Hoffman

Postby Hannover » 1 week 3 days ago (Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:48 am)

Here's an excellent piece by Michael Hoffman on the incredible hypocrisy of a 'Banned Books Week' presentation that completely ignores the burning and banning of publications written by 'holocaust' Revisionist scholars who rationally, scientifically debunk the impossible '6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers'.

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The hypocrisy is breathtaking. An enormous facade of defiant freedom of the press has been erected by the Left, giving every impression of militant advocacy for books damned by small-minded philistines and powerful lobbies, and yet policed out of consideration are the very works that scintillate with the frisson of the anathematized, and which are consigned to literary oblivion by the supposed champions of the right to read what we please.
Banned books that are banned by Banned Books Week? Can it get any more surreal?

Have a look and give us your thoughts.

BTW, the very popular site that is carrying this article, http://www.unz.com , allows / welcomes on topic comments from Revisionist thinkers.
Have at it.

For convenience I've copied the text below.
Be aware that there are quite a few links within the original text, so I suggest taking the link below to see them / use them.

- Hannover

We are winning this war.
Books Banned by "Banned Books Week"
Michael Hoffman
http://www.unz.com/article/books-banned ... ooks-week/

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Last week was the American Library Association’s annual “Banned Books Week,” the eponymous celebration of books forbidden by censors and pressure groups in the United States. While the event purports to focus on books deemed too dangerous for impressionable minds, the daring entries showcased this year include Huckleberry Finn and The Handmaid’s Tale, the televised version of which swept the Emmy awards earlier this month.
Missing from this largely self-congratulatory liberal exercise are the most interdicted books of our time, the contrarian World War II revisionist histories luridly emblazoned with the literary equivalent of the Mark of Cain, “Holocaust denial.”
Last February the World Jewish Congress and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum succeeded in convincing the heretofore libertarian Jeff Bezos that books by leading revisionist scholars such as Carlo Mattogno and Germar Rudolf should be made to vanish from the web pages of Amazon, where they had been sold for years. What little media coverage was accorded the ban made it appear as though only three books had been removed by Mr. Bezos, when in fact hundreds were banned (for a partial list see here).

We contacted the American Library Associations’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, as well as the co-sponsor of Banned Books Week, the American Booksellers Association, demanding to know when and how they intend to redress the scandal of mass book-banning at Amazon. Because revisionist critiques of the Auschwitz homicidal gas chamber dogma are grotesquely misrepresented and demonized, in our communication we included a link to an online pdf. file of Mr. Rudolf’s monumental work of erudite historiography, Lectures on the Holocaust. All we have received in return is the infamous silent treatment.

The hypocrisy is breathtaking. An enormous facade of defiant freedom of the press has been erected by the Left, giving every impression of militant advocacy for books damned by small-minded philistines and powerful lobbies, and yet policed out of consideration are the very works that scintillate with the frisson of the anathematized, and which are consigned to literary oblivion by the supposed champions of the right to read what we please.

Banned books that are banned by Banned Books Week? Can it get any more surreal?

The answer is yes, if we consider the current controversy over Google’s manipulation of its search engine results. “Holocaust-denial,” the 800 pound gorilla that cannot be mentioned in regard to banned books, has also been banned from the current debate over Google’s corruption of its search engine.

Last year Jeff John Roberts, writing in Fortune (Dec. 20, 2016), revealed the original motivation for Google’s falsification:


“In recent months, Google has confronted a new and unsettling trend: Its top search results for questions about the Holocaust lead to neo-Nazi sites…on Tuesday, a Google spokesperson told Fortune it is making some changes. ‘Judging which pages on the web best answer a query is a challenging problem and we don’t always get it right,’ said the spokesperson. ‘We recently made improvements to our algorithm that will help surface more high quality, credible content on the web. We’ll continue to change our algorithms over time in order to tackle these challenges.”

“…The changes come in the wake of news reports that Google’s top search result for “Did the Holocaust happen?” was a page by the White Supremacist group, Stormfront: The update to the algorithms appear to be kicking in already as the Stormfront site has dropped, and the top result is to a link by the United States Holocaust museum.”

Earlier this week, when the New York Times reported on Google’s search engine demotion of a far-Left group, the World Socialist web site, the provenance of this algorithmic tinkering — Google’s attempts to suppress access to sites that question the “Holocaust” liturgy — was omitted.
Times reporter Daisuke Wakabayashi provided plenty of ammunition against Google, but only in connection with falsifying search engine results for Leftist web pages:

“They’re really skating on thin ice,” said Michael Bertini, a search strategist at iQuanti, a digital marketing agency. “They’re controlling what users see. If Google is controlling what they deem to be fake news, I think that’s bias.”

We agree. But to test the sincerity and force of these libertarian sentiments the datum that “Holocaust denial” was the inaugural victim of Google’s rigged search engine, should not be banned from reports on the controversy.

Denying web traffic to World War II revisionist web pages would appear to be unworthy of notice by the fake news media, just as Amazon’s ban on revisionist books is down the memory hole.

Michael Hoffman is the author of nine books, including The Great Holocaust Trial: The Landmark Battle for the Right to Doubt the West’s Most Sacred Relic, a work formerly outlawed by the government of Canada and seized and destroyed by Canadian Customs


If it can't happen as alleged, then it didn't.

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Re: 'Banned Books Week' / surreal hypocrisy of the American Library Association, by Michael Hoffman

Postby borjastick » 1 week 3 days ago (Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:39 am)

I like the fact that Huckleberry Finn and The Handmaid's Tale are thought sufficiently juicy and prone to mind bend the impressionable but pornography is all over the web and available to the impressionable, and the lies and horror of the holocaust truth which they proclaim, supposedly would not hurt the impressionable. If the horrors of the holocaust are genetically and by word of mouth and letter passed down through the jewish ranks and still have a power to create fear and depression among them why isn't that same information, which is forced onto our own children, just as harmful?
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Re: 'Banned Books Week' / surreal hypocrisy of the American Library Association, by Michael Hoffman

Postby Hektor » 1 week 2 days ago (Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:07 am)

borjastick wrote:I like the fact that Huckleberry Finn and The Handmaid's Tale are thought sufficiently juicy and prone to mind bend the impressionable but pornography is all over the web and available to the impressionable, and the lies and horror of the holocaust truth which they proclaim, supposedly would not hurt the impressionable. If the horrors of the holocaust are genetically and by word of mouth and letter passed down through the jewish ranks and still have a power to create fear and depression among them why isn't that same information, which is forced onto our own children, just as harmful?


I recall the footage supposedly showing "Holocaust Evidence" include naked emaciated corpses being dragged around in front of cameras. This was shown to perhaps 13 year old children, and I think it's also shown to even younger ones. Now, if this would have been linked to any other subject, you can be pretty sure there would have been protest from the parents or activists side. But with the Holocaust in its back, everybody can be silenced.

The whole thing is really bizarre.

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Re: 'Banned Books Week' / surreal hypocrisy of the American Library Association, by Michael Hoffman

Postby DissentingOpinions » 1 week 2 days ago (Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:42 pm)

Revisionist books aren't banned. Barnes & Noble happily lists them and is willing to add the ones they removed if they're named. I'm sure Amazon would do the same, provided we can find the right way to contact them.

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Re: 'Banned Books Week' / surreal hypocrisy of the American Library Association, by Michael Hoffman

Postby Breker » 1 week 2 days ago (Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:14 pm)

DissentingOpinions wrote:Revisionist books aren't banned. Barnes & Noble happily lists them and is willing to add the ones they removed if they're named. I'm sure Amazon would do the same, provided we can find the right way to contact them.

Yes they are.
Sir, did you even read the OP in this thread? We think not.
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Revisionists are just the messengers, the impossibility of the "Holocaust Industry" narrative is the message.

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Postby DissentingOpinions » 1 week 2 days ago (Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:30 pm)

Breker wrote:
DissentingOpinions wrote:Revisionist books aren't banned. Barnes & Noble happily lists them and is willing to add the ones they removed if they're named. I'm sure Amazon would do the same, provided we can find the right way to contact them.

Yes they are.
Sir, did you even read the OP in this thread? We think not.
B.


I have, and there's no line to connect the 2 because Google censoring revisionist search results has nothing to do with the OP. Libraries don't include revisionist books in the banned list because they are not banned. Go ahead and check Barnes & Noble, and you'll find numerous Holocaust Handbooks volumes there. The only revisionist book Amazon banned outside of CHP's list was MS King's "The Bad War" l others are still on there.

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Postby Zulu » 1 week 2 days ago (Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:46 pm)

DissentingOpinions wrote:
Breker wrote:
DissentingOpinions wrote:Revisionist books aren't banned. Barnes & Noble happily lists them and is willing to add the ones they
I have, and there's no line to connect the 2 because Google censoring revisionist search results has nothing to do with the OP. Libraries don't include revisionist books in the banned list because they are not banned. Go ahead and check Barnes & Noble, and you'll find numerous Holocaust Handbooks volumes there. The only revisionist book Amazon banned outside of CHP's list was MS King's "The Bad War" l others are still on there.

Did you find Butz' s masterpiece The Hoax of the Twentieth Century at Amazon? What about all the Mattogno's books on the "death camps"?
And Breaking the Spell, The Holocaust Myth and Reality by Nicholas Kollerstrom?
However, some revisionists books have lately reappeared there, like some by Germar Rudolf (Lectures on the Holocaust: Controversial Issues Cross-Examined Currently unavailable.....
Oh, there is a book by Vincent Reynouard French Gestapo Trials and Other Articles at the modest price of 599$ !!!

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Re: 'Banned Books Week' / surreal hypocrisy of the American Library Association, by Michael Hoffman

Postby DissentingOpinions » 1 week 2 days ago (Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:00 pm)

Vincent Reynouard's book has been available on Barnes Review for months now. For whatever reason, Yad Vashem only went after the books CHP published, really. But if you look at other novels like "The Gas Chamber of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Myth of German Villainy", they were never taken down. If it only took pressure from one side to suppress revisionist books months ago, we might be able to convince them to add them back.

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Re: 'Banned Books Week' / surreal hypocrisy of the American Library Association, by Michael Hoffman

Postby Hannover » 1 week 1 day ago (Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:25 pm)

DissentingOpinions said:
1. Revisionist books aren't banned. 2. Barnes & Noble happily lists them and is willing to add the ones they removed if they're named.
3. I'm sure Amazon would do the same, provided we can find the right way to contact them.

1. Yet they are, as Hoffman stated:
Last February the World Jewish Congress and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum succeeded in convincing the heretofore libertarian Jeff Bezos that books by leading revisionist scholars such as Carlo Mattogno and Germar Rudolf should be made to vanish from the web pages of Amazon, where they had been sold for years. What little media coverage was accorded the ban made it appear as though only three books had been removed by Mr. Bezos, when in fact hundreds were banned (for a partial list see here).

2. "Lists them", but do not carry them, aka: banned.

"If they're named"?
Many curious newbies will not have a name or title.
It's called "out of sight, out of mind", an obvious form of censoring / banning.

I searched 'Samuel Crowell' & got nothing.

The listing for 'holocaust Revisionist' books search yielded 3, non 'holocaust' revisionist books.

3. Prove that "Amazon would do the same, provided we can find the right way to contact them."

And as you admitted:
Vincent Reynouard's book has been available on Barnes Review for months now. For whatever reason, Yad Vashem only went after the books CHP published, really. But if you look at other novels like "The Gas Chamber of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Myth of German Villainy", they were never taken down. If it only took pressure from one side to suppress revisionist books months ago, we might be able to convince them to add them back.

I searched 'Vincent Reynouard" & got nothing.

"Only went after the books CHP published".
"Only"? Give me a break. They are huge.
IOW, they are banned.

And why did you dodge Zulu?
Did you find Butz' s masterpiece The Hoax of the Twentieth Century at Amazon? What about all the Mattogno's books on the "death camps"?
And Breaking the Spell, The Holocaust Myth and Reality by Nicholas Kollerstrom?
However, some revisionists books have lately reappeared there, like some by Germar Rudolf (Lectures on the Holocaust: Controversial Issues Cross-Examined Currently unavailable.....
Oh, there is a book by Vincent Reynouard French Gestapo Trials and Other Articles at the modest price of 599$ !!!

- Hannover

The 'holocaust' storyline is one of the most easily debunked narratives ever contrived. That is why those who question it are arrested and persecuted. That is why violent, racist, & privileged Jewish supremacists demand censorship. What sort of truth is it that denies free speech and the freedom to seek the truth? Truth needs no protection from scrutiny.
If it can't happen as alleged, then it didn't.

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Re: 'Banned Books Week' / surreal hypocrisy of the American Library Association, by Michael Hoffman

Postby DissentingOpinions » 1 week 1 day ago (Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:50 am)

Ugh, let's go through this again:

1) Where do you see an official source that says revisionist literature has become illegal in the US? I'm sure censorship would be a lot more rampant than an isolated incident on Amazon.
2) Generally if people want to look for revisionist books, they;d know about them from another source other than the store. Barnes & Noble does carry Holocaust Handbooks volumes - a search of the series on their site will bring up 10 volumes, and Castle Hill Services will have more of their books for sale there too.

You obviously haven't bothered to verify what I said about the books Amazon still lists, Hannover: https://www.amazon.com/Myth-German-Villainy-Benton-Bradberry/dp/1477231838/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1507541858&sr=1-1&keywords=the+myth+of+german+villainy and https://www.amazon.com/Gas-Chamber-Sherlock-Holmes-Understanding/dp/1616583479/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507541747&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Gas+Chamber+of+Sherlock+Holmes. Oops.

3)Amazon banning CHP's books doesn't represent every single revisionist novel out there, and I just gave you two examples. Amazing how you would somehow think I didn't regard Holocaust Handbooks & others as important, but do continue speaking on my behalf. I wasn't dodging Zulu either, because I knew Holocaust Handbooks weren't on Amazon, but rather on B&N. Barnes & Noble is willing to restock these books if given their names - I've contacted them through email and it works.

If revisionist books were truly banned, Barnes Review wouldn't even be available to us because they'd be getting sued.

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Re: 'Banned Books Week' / surreal hypocrisy of the American Library Association, by Michael Hoffman

Postby Elroy » 1 week 1 day ago (Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:29 am)

DissentingOpinions wrote:Ugh, let's go through this again:

1) Where do you see an official source that says revisionist literature has become illegal in the US? I'm sure censorship would be a lot more rampant than an isolated incident on Amazon.
2) Generally if people want to look for revisionist books, they;d know about them from another source other than the store. Barnes & Noble does carry Holocaust Handbooks volumes - a search of the series on their site will bring up 10 volumes, and Castle Hill Services will have more of their books for sale there too.

You obviously haven't bothered to verify what I said about the books Amazon still lists, Hannover: https://www.amazon.com/Myth-German-Villainy-Benton-Bradberry/dp/1477231838/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1507541858&sr=1-1&keywords=the+myth+of+german+villainy and https://www.amazon.com/Gas-Chamber-Sherlock-Holmes-Understanding/dp/1616583479/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507541747&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Gas+Chamber+of+Sherlock+Holmes. Oops.

3)Amazon banning CHP's books doesn't represent every single revisionist novel out there, and I just gave you two examples. Amazing how you would somehow think I didn't regard Holocaust Handbooks & others as important, but do continue speaking on my behalf. I wasn't dodging Zulu either, because I knew Holocaust Handbooks weren't on Amazon, but rather on B&N. Barnes & Noble is willing to restock these books if given their names - I've contacted them through email and it works.

If revisionist books were truly banned, Barnes Review wouldn't even be available to us because they'd be getting sued.


I think you made a good point. My hard copy of "Real Case" arrived a few weeks ago. There are many sources you can get them from.

It's also silly to say that there's no "censorship"- they are boycotted broadly- I was unable to obtain this book through multiple phone calls from ANY Australian dealer, but could get it online from Castle Hill.

Moreover though- there's no way anybody interested in WW2 or the Holocaust could ever even know about revisionism, because it's "censored" before they even think to buy a book.

It's fair to say it's the most censored topic, and most censored collection of books in recent world history (recent because dark age religious orders censored works similarly as well).

But I agree- if you KNOW about them and enough already to want to buy one, you CAN get them, that's granted.

On closer inspection though- if it weren't for the internet and internet orders- how would you get a revisionist book? And how would you even know about "holocaust denial"'s reality? You wouldn't be able to.

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Re: 'Banned Books Week' / surreal hypocrisy of the American Library Association, by Michael Hoffman

Postby Hannover » 1 week 1 day ago (Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:58 am)

Dissenting said:
1) Where do you see an official source that says revisionist literature has become illegal in the US? I'm sure censorship would be a lot more rampant than an isolated incident on Amazon.
2) Generally if people want to look for revisionist books, they;d know about them from another source other than the store. Barnes & Noble does carry Holocaust Handbooks volumes - a search of the series on their site will bring up 10 volumes, and Castle Hill Services will have more of their books for sale there too.

You obviously haven't bothered to verify what I said about the books Amazon still lists, Hannover: https://www.amazon.com/Myth-German-Vill ... n+villainy and https://www.amazon.com/Gas-Chamber-Sher ... ock+Holmes. Oops.

3)Amazon banning CHP's books doesn't represent every single revisionist novel out there, and I just gave you two examples. Amazing how you would somehow think I didn't regard Holocaust Handbooks & others as important, but do continue speaking on my behalf. I wasn't dodging Zulu either, because I knew Holocaust Handbooks weren't on Amazon, but rather on B&N. Barnes & Noble is willing to restock these books if given their names - I've contacted them through email and it works.

If revisionist books were truly banned, Barnes Review wouldn't even be available to us because they'd be getting sued.

1. Another false, strawman argument.
Who said "illegal"? Only you.
It's still censorship / banning of books, regardless of whether the state is involved or not.
If major vendors, retail sources are censoring / banning books then they are censored & banned.
I challenge you to walk into ANY bookstore, big or mom & pop, and tell us what you find in the way of 'holocaust' Revisionist books. I do it routinely, the banning / censorship is rampant.

2. Ever hear of 'browsing'?
That is how people learn of new subjects, titles, authors, etc.
One can't do that very well if there is no option to browse 'holocaust' Revisionist books, just another form of: censorship / banning.

Yes, one may find some publications IF they are armed with the necessary titles, series designations, authors.
But not if one searches 'holocaust revisionism, as I stated.
Limiting access is just another form of censorship / banning.

3. So, you admit "Holocaust Handbooks weren't on Amazon". Thanks.
"Restock"?
That simply means they have been pulled / censored / banned, but maybe they'll try to get for you at an enormous, generally prohibitive price, which equals censorship.

Per the OP:
I'm sure some of the ALA mentioned banned / censored books can also be found here & there, but they are still deemed banned.

Cheers, Hannover

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"They don't jail you for lies. They jail you for truth."
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Re: 'Banned Books Week' / surreal hypocrisy of the American Library Association, by Michael Hoffman

Postby Hannover » 1 week 9 hours ago (Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:25 am)

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See here for a list of Amazon's ever increasing banned books:

https://www.darkmoon.me/2017/complete-l ... by-amazon/

Michael Hoffman writes:
“Every hateful Zionist book targeting Palestinians with hate speech and violence continues to be sold by Amazon, along with Simcha Jacobvici’s DVD The Lost Tomb of Jesus, denying the resurrection of Christ, and every gentile-hating volume by the collective authors (Chazal) of the Talmud Bavli.

Hate is a one-way street at Amazon, and the class of people protected from it are the self-Chosen. Hatred toward goyim is not grounds for a ban, obviously.

None of the volumes on the list below are hateful. They may be right; they may be wrong. But your right to read them should not be obstructed by the world’s largest online book distributor.

These revisionist books are attempts at offering scientific, technical and historical skepticism toward the Holy Writ that is supposed to be the secular history of World War II; that Writ however, is far more sacred than Jesus Christ. His resurrection can be denied; Bezos is fine with that. The homicidal gas chambers of Auschwitz cannot be denied.

Calvary has been replaced by Auschwitz as the locus of cosmic evil. What do so-called “Christians” have to say about the derogation of their Savior in favor of the supremacy of Talmudic ideology? The silence is deafening.”

— Michael Hoffman,
https://revisionistreview.blogspot.co.u ... mazon.html

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Belief in the 'holocaust' = belief in the impossible = religion.
If it can't happen as alleged, then it didn't.

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Re: 'Banned Books Week' / surreal hypocrisy of the American Library Association, by Michael Hoffman

Postby Hannover » 1 week 9 hours ago (Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:37 am)

Here's Michael Hoffman's follow up article.
https://revisionistreview.blogspot.com/

You're certain to enjoy the tortured rationale offered by the ALA's shabbas goy, James LaRue, followed by Hoffman's stinging response.

Read on.

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Banned Books Week official has no sympathy for revisionist books banned by Amazon

By Michael Hoffman • https://www.revisionisthistory.org/

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In the wake of our article on “Books Banned by Banned Books Week”—concerning “Holocaust denial” volumes policed out of the banned category—we received an e-mail from James LaRue, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, which administers Banned Books Week. This organization appears to mainly promote the freedom to read proscribed books that don’t threaten the canon of Leftist ideology. Conservatives who are critical of publications that undermine traditional values are usually the villains in this rigged morality theatre. In the case at hand, revisionist authors who cast doubt on aspects of the Establishment’s hallowed historical dogmas, have virtually no presence in Banned Books Week. The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Booksellers Association are engaged in a cynical ruse, posing as champions of all banned books while almost exclusively promoting as banned those volumes which do not challenge the Leftist, or in this instance, the Zionist agenda.

In responding to this writer’s column, Mr. LaRue wrote, “Banned Books Week reports on challenges - attempts to remove or restrict access - to books held by publicly funded libraries and schools. Amazon, not publicly funded, not a library, falls completely outside of the scope of our work. Private businesses can carry, or not carry, any merchandise they choose to.”

If we understand Mr. LaRue correctly, he and the ALA have zero interest in banned books when they are suppressed by book stores as part of a commercial enterprise. LaRue’s insouciance with regard to the many dozens of revisionist books banned last February by Amazon.com at the behest of the World Jewish Congress, belies the public pose of the American Library Association and its “Freedom to Read Foundation” (FTRF), as expressed in 1970 by Judith Krug, in her articulation of its founding mandate: “To promote and protect freedom of speech and press...and...the public right to hear what is spoken and read what is written...”

Whether or not libraries and schools are the focus, for the “Office for Intellectual Freedom” and the “Freedom to Read Foundation” to be indifferent to the fate of any other banned book in any other setting other than libraries and schools, would probably be news to the majority of the public who are the intended audience for Banned Books Week, which in its 2017 advertising, depicted a clenched fist and the slogan, “Stand for the Banned.” Other catchphrases employed officially include, “Our Right to Read," "Stand for Intellectual Freedom,” and “Words Have Power: Read a Banned Book.” There are no “fine print” disclaimers accompanying these mantras, which are printed on bags, cups and bumperstickers sold by the ALA — stating that these noble sentiments apply only to books forbidden by public libraries and schools.

The “Stand for the Banned” message is without qualification and is apt to beguile donors and supporters who have no inkling of how circumscribed and shuttered it actually is. They have no idea, for example, that the director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom engages in what might be characterized as unseemly gloating over the commercial suppression of demonized books. In his e-mail, James LaRue wrote, “...you do not have the right to demand public or commercial platforms for them (your opinions). There is harsh competition in the marketplace of ideas. There are winners, and speaking of obsessive, willfully ignorant anti-Semitism, there are losers.”

(Note well his words about willful ignorance. We will return to them shortly).

An official of the American Library Association who oversees Banned Books Week offers no lament for the banned books that are “losers” in “the marketplace of ideas.” Once again we are in the realm of the surreal. How does such an attitude advance the ALA’s goals of “Intellectual Freedom” and its apothegm, “Stand for the Banned”? When it comes to the suppression of World War II revisionist histories the American Library Association is firmly seated. Rather than hewing to liberty in all instances and across all categories, the ALA is taking the side of those who would marginalize books branded with the pejorative “anti-Semitism” stigma, which in some cases is little more than a witch-hunting canard intended to smear heretical works authored by learned non-conformists who are seeking to compete for the attention of readers in the “marketplace of ideas.”

We would have thought that an organization bearing the lofty title, “Office for Intellectual Freedom,” and whose slogan is “Words Have Power: Read a Banned Book,” would respond by stating that while Amazon’s ban on World War II revisionist books was outside the immediate purview of the ALA’s Banned Books Week, they unequivocally regret and protest Amazon’s censorship, while recognizing that commercial operations may do as they please in this regard.

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James LaRue

Commerce has not yet trumped ethics in America — or has it, as far as the nation’s teachers and librarians are concerned? LaRue’s snide satisfaction with Amazon’s suppression of authors too far out even for Banned Books Week, reflects the ALA’s Leftist predilection for masquerading as freedom-lovers the better to render invisible politically incorrect writers whose freedom to be read has been abridged not so much by the free market, as monopoly forces within that market. Given the opportunity to compete freely by enjoying wide access to the nation’s readers, and revisionist books would become best-sellers. This can’t be allowed and Mr. LaRue tells us why: “...the lack of commercial interest in ‘contrarian’ or ‘revisionist’ histories of the Holocaust reflects their flat out falsity, their lack of scholarly rigor, and the transparent bigotry that guides them.”

There you have it. With regard to banned books judged by the Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom to be false, lacking in “scholarly rigor” and suffused with “transparent bigotry,” it is neither reprehensible nor an occasion for protest when earth’s largest bookstore forbids their sale. Somehow this dictum of the Inquisition (that “error” has no rights), looks a tad contradictory and at cross-purposes with the official freedom philosophy sold to the public by Banned Books Week and its virtue-signaling sponsors.

In light of Mr. LaRue’s remark about “willful ignorance,” we contacted him concerning which revisionist books he had read that caused him to assess them so caustically. Surely he was not “willfully ignorant” of their contents? We asked him: “With regard to your assessment of the whole corpus of WWII revisionist historiography in terms of ‘...their flat out falsity, their lack of scholarly rigor, and the transparent bigotry...’ have you ever actually read a book by one of the leading writers in the genre, such as Arthur R. Butz, Carlo Mattogno, Robert Faurisson or Germar Rudolf? If so, which one(s)? If not, I include a link to a pdf. file containing the complete text of Mr. Rudolf’s banned book, should you wish to undertake the obligation of perusing what you have so severely reproved: http://holocausthandbooks.com/dl/15-loth.pdf

Mr. LaRue did not scruple to reply.

(LaRue would allow us to publish his remarks only if we printed them in full, and we do so herein: “First, I have never spoken with the author of this article. I don't know who the ‘we’ is he refers to - unless it was the woman who last week demanded of one of my staff to know my ‘ethnic background,’ complained about a picture of a dreadlocked black man on the American library Association website, then made childish and incoherent remarks about Jews on Twitter. If she is aligned with your cause, she is not a credible investigator or representative. Second, as we make clear on our website and in press releases, Banned Books Week reports on challenges - attempts to remove or restrict access - to books held by publicly funded libraries and schools. Amazon, not publicly funded, not a library, falls completely outside of the scope of our work. Private businesses can carry, or not carry, any merchandise they choose to. To describe this as some kind of conspiracy on the part of the Left is...novel. Third, the lack of commercial interest in ‘contrarian’ or ‘revisionist’ histories of the Holocaust reflects their flat out falsity, their lack of scholarly rigor, and the transparent bigotry that guides them. But the idea of conspiracies may be more comforting to you. Fourth, you have the right to your opinions. But you do not have the right to demand public or commercial platforms for them. There is harsh competition in the marketplace of ideas. There are winners, and speaking of obsessive, willfully ignorant anti-Semitism, there are losers.” James LaRue ALA / FTRF, October 7, 2017).
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