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I am a senior Gen Xer, which means I can recall a time in state-run schools where they taught us that evil people used to—the young among you should sit down now—burn and ban books!
Well, maybe the burning days were over, we were told, and most of the bans, or maybe even all of the bans. It was never clear to me. But the threat was still there!
Unless we were eternally vigilant, hordes of narrow-minded, even no-minded, unthinking hate-filled irrational bad people would reach into our homes and take our books!
We read Fahrenheit 451. We discussed it. And the one emotion I remember best in those discussions, and in the endless lectures on the evils of bans, which came not only from the teachers but the culture as a whole, was how good we should feel about ourselves because we would never ban books.
All of us felt—and that is the word: felt—that if we were living in the time of book burning and book banning, we would be one of the brave. We wouldn’t stand for it. We would make our opinions known to the bad people. We would shame and stop them.
It was nice to feel this way. Kind of heroic, albeit at a far remove. Being sure you’d be a hero when the time comes makes one into a good person, we thought.
What made it worse, we were told, was that the books banned were good books. Worthy books. Books that spoke of Reality As She Is. Books that were good to read, and should be read.
We didn’t have to worry about terrible books, books that told lies and spoke of evil as good, because few would read these books anyway, and those that did would be talked out of their mistakes by we in the majority who had read the good books.
And we knew that that same strength of conviction would keep the filthy and indescribable books out of the hands of children. Though not everybody then was against banning these, we were taught banning these was wrong, and that anyway there wasn’t any need to.
We are now a nation of book burners and book banners. And we embrace the task with maniacal glee. We have a regime which officially bans books, and which works with Big Tech to carry about the burnings. This is official policy.
Of course, it’s not always books. Sometimes it’s tweets, or videos, or social media posts, or even articles in old fashioned newspapers and magazines. Usually because of “disinformation” or “misinformation”. Never for filth or gore or perversion.
And just as “of course”, the filthy and indescribable books are being given and taught to children. While books on Reality As She Is are being kept from them.
Last week, I posted an opinion piece on what to do with Experts and rulers who gave us coronadoom and its “solutions”. I also made a video of it, and somebody ratted out the video (I was careful in its name and description), or YouTube’s Reality Censor algorithm caught the gist of some of the words inside the video.
YouTube burned my video because, they said, “Medical misinformation”. And because
YouTube doesn’t allow claims about COVID-19 vaccinations that contradict expert consensus from local health authorities or the World Health Organization (WHO).
Now that is a hilarious confirmation about everything I have been telling and warning you about our Expertocracy these many years.
I appealed for fun, knowing that a burned video would never be restored. But I wanted to see if there was some poor slob Reality Censor I could maybe touch. Here’s what I said (in a hurry):
There is no medical misinformation. There is not even any disagreement with WHO, as we document. WHO itself, in a 2019 document, recommended against lockdowns. And there are scores of papers in the literature recommending against masks.
The rest is political commentary.
Now I know you’re still going to burn the books, because that’s what you were told to do. But I want to you feel bad about it. Because remember all those times they told you about burning books and you said to yourself “I would never do that.”
You just did.
Incidentally, not that it matters, I can prove all my contentions in the video, that being my job, and you cannot. You just censor.
That’s okay. You’re just following orders.
Always a great excuse.
I’m not convinced there is a real person vetting the appeals. It’s probably a reply bot programmed to say no after a ten minute delay (which is how long mine took).
The old distinction between the editorial function, in which publishers (like me) can ban any damned thing they want, and free political speech, which is forbidden to ban, is bound to arise. YouTube, they legally insist themselves, is not a publisher. But they edit anyway, and often (or wholly?) because the regime makes them. Read “DHS Censorship Agency Had Strange First Mission: Banning Speech That Casts Doubt On ‘Red Mirage, Blue Shift’ Election Events” if you doubt (we’ll come back to that another day).
I have only a handful of videos there, with almost no views, with none monetized, and all the material is available elsewhere, so this hurts me not at all. But it is ruining the souls of the people doing the burning. And the rats who report the videos.
Like I said, I’m a senior Gen-Xer. Surely schools have changed. Are they now teaching the kiddies how wonderful it is to burn books?
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“Are they now teaching the kiddies how wonderful it is to burn books?”
Also, they teach kids how virtuous and correct it is to hate Normals who love reality and truth.
“Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State.”
— Benito Mussolini’s
>But it is ruining the souls of the …. the rats who report the videos.
Souls? YT videos nowadays come with a transcript…
If only the right had actually burned some books (Darwin’s Origin of Species, Marx, Nietchze, Hume, the Talmud) we wouldn’t be in this mess. So the problem is not that the Left burns books; it that they convinced the right not to burn Leftist books. That’s how they took over.
I too remember all the don’t burn books! propaganda. Now I see the source of that propaganda was the same censoring cabal types running rampant today. They support ‘free speech’ when they want to get their subversive filth planted in unsuspecting fools. Once the process of subversion is well along and the cabal takes power those people opposing subversive filth are banned. “Freedom of speech” is Satan’s slogan. Burn their filthy subversive books.
Are you banned forever? I understand your frustration, however, no worries, America is still far from becoming a nation of book burners. Just to follow the way conclusions are made nowadays, who reads books, anyway?!
To light your days up, read about your friends or friends of friends, lawyers of your favorite president. 🙂
Briggs – this is why I subscribe to your scrivenings! Never stop!!
Whoa?!? The apparatchiks banned you?!? I didn’t realize you are a capitalist roader. I’ll have to find a safer place to get information. In the meantime, I will raise this with my local socialist education group.
Briggs ==> Well, there is a HUGE anti-book banning movement in the United States!
The American Library Association runs a Banned Books Week annually.
Of course, it is a FAKE.
Their version of a “Banned Book” is when parents object to books promoting homosexuality are placed on the shelves of their children’s elementary school library. Or when citizens ask their “public” library to move offensive books from the children’s section to the adult section.
The left is still projecting, as always. Even as they furiously ban speech they disagree with, they accuse conservatives who don’t want their kids reading illustrated books showing teenagers giving and receiving blowjobs and using strapons of being “book banners.”
I am more and more often finding myself in agreement with Vox Day who thinks the entire “free speech” movement was just a trojan horse to undermine the traditional beliefs and morality of the nation. He points out that some speech will always be censored. What matters is what speech is being censored and who is doing the censoring.
The left has proven that they are utterly untrustworthy on the “free speech” issue, so we should stop pushing for a Utopian free speech society: they will pervert it, as they always have. You have a choice of your speech being monitored by people who hate you, or by people who share your values. Choose wisely.
I, too, am shocked by this descent into madness. Have we learned nothing? Must we repeat the worse of our history?
Hatred of Truth is a reoccurring theme of evil. Evil, of course, always wears the skin-suit of good and “enlightenment.” Remember the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden? “Surely, you won’t die!” we were told by Evil. Today, we are again facing a bold lie: take our “safe and effective” injections and follow our mandates in order to be “saved.” Trust The$cience!
Always and at every time in history we are presented with options to either respect our Creator by following His Law, or to rebel. Rebellion from the source of Truth and Life, of course, leads to death (as it did to the first Man and Woman). But, God is always Just, Good and Merciful.
I see our current circumstances as God allowing Evil to more fully express itself so that lukewarm Christians and others of good will may be shocked out of their secular trance. Towards this end, we are allowed to witness the following:
– Top athletes collapsing and dying from the “Safe and Effective” injection. (Do you not trust your own eyes to see that this is neither normal or healthy?).
– Disclosures from lawsuits that the clot shot EUA and trial data was fraudulent. (Can you not read and trust your own mind to see that 2+2 does not equal 5?).
– The rise in DIE efforts, while cloaked in the skin-suit of justice and fairness, are eviscerating the academy and science, forcing all to utter provable falsehoods on a daily basis.
– The rise in sexual confusion and perversion—especially “trans”–which leads to terrible mental disorders and increased suicide rate.
These are just a few examples where God permits Man to experience the sad reality of rejecting Him. And, in His infinite wisdom, I trust that these circumstances are mercifully permitted so all Men are given the best chance to see their errors and repent before it is too late.
Mr. pill–funny how you toss Darwin under the bus with the rest. It’s kind of like Warmheads lumping those who question AGW along with flat-earthers. Either I consider the possibility that Darwin had something to say, at least along the right track, or I believe all the plants and animals just popped into existence one Thursday morning about six thousand years ago.
Good stuff Briggs. And keep it up, some of us are listening 🙂
However, the cynic in me noticed that the Bitchute video page contains the following information (and chuckled)…
“The owner has disabled comments on this video.”
And even if all immoral books were banned, people will still have their bent towards not obeying God, which bent can only be slowed down and firmly resisted, by believing God is Love and that God our Father is our Father and that He loves us completely, and that we can run to Him daily for help to live in Jesus and be led by the Holy Spirit. Definitely ban immoral books.
God bless, C-Marie
The same free thinkers that warred against Blasphemy and Lese Majeste because freedom of expression are the ones doing the banning of speech they hate.
Like the John who has to place it in the hand of a blind prostitute, you have to hand it to the Jews.
Less than 3% of the American population, they control everything – especially speech; ask Kanye, Kyrie and now Dave Chapelle.
“If you’re young and conservative, you have no heart. If you’re old and liberal, you have no brain.” ~Unknown
Spitting girl at the beginning of this video captures the essence of the uber-feelz numb-brained youth. Does she seem like a person that can be reasoned with? How about “shut the f*** uuuuup” girl at 38 seconds? And all the “I hope you die!” well-wishers?
In my youth, youth were pretty-much ignored, with their opinions dismissed as flighty and shallow, as they hadn’t yet paid the price of admission. I miss those days.
And he said: Let the earth bring forth the green herb, and such as may seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after its kind, which may have seed in itself upon the earth. And it was so done.  And the earth brought forth the green herb, and such as yieldeth seed according to its kind, and the tree that beareth fruit, having seed each one according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  And the evening and the morning were the third day.  And God said: Let there be lights made in the firmament of heaven, to divide the day and the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years:  To shine in the firmament of heaven, and to give light upon the earth. And it was so done.
God created the plants after creating the earth in the middle of the universe at the Spring Equinox and there are many sources for these truths, from Fathers and Doctors of the Church to local councils but man prefers to be chained by darkness.
C’est la vie
A major theme of Fahrenheit 451 is that the actual banning of books doesn’t really matter, because culture has become so debased and banal that no one would read books even if they weren’t banned. At most they’d read a one paragraph summary of a book written by someone who probably didn’t read the book either. This is not exactly subtle in the book, many of Beatty’s monologues beat you over the head with it.
But most people will tell you that the book is about an evil government banning books because the public would read them otherwise. They know this because they never read Fahrenheit 451 but instead read summaries written by people who probably didn’t read it either. (For example, much of the discussion of the themes of Fahrenheit 451 on Wikipedia is devoted to dismissing the idea that it is about something other than government censorship, which is justified by linking to people talking about Fahrenheit 451 rather than referring to the text of the book itself.)
Bradbury was right on the money. But people don’t realize that, precisely because the society he predicted won’t bother to read what he actually wrote.
Mr. Cotterman @ 2:34pm, Darwin’s influence on science is greatly overstated, and to a large degree, is probably responsible for a lot of the confusion about evolution. The principles of husbandry were known for thousands of years, and Mendel would quantify the principles by about the time The Origin of the Species came out, though the mechanism wouldn’t be understood very well until the 20th century.
The evolution zealots can be counted on to make a false dichotomy between Darwinism and Creationism, drowning out all the useful discussion about various mechanisms broadly categorized under punctuated equilibrium.
Not that I think that or any other book should have been burned.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.