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Recent discussions about an executive order that would “help protect” conservatives from bias on social media have brought a bone of contention to the forefront. Are alternative and conservative media actually being censored or are non-mainstream journalists and bloggers just whining?
As the owner of a website that is demonstrably facing censorship, I can tell you that from my point of view, we Americans are currently in the midst of a virtual “book burning” akin to the ones we look back on in shame.
BC - China - Burning - Books - Crackdown
As early as 221 BC in China, the burning of books has always foreshadowed a crackdown on dissent and information. It’s probably no surprise that Adolph Hitler ordered the burning of “subversive” books in Nazi Germany, and the McCarthy era brought public burnings of any book that could be – if one’s imagination was stretched to the absolute limit – related to communism. There are many cases of modern-day book-burning, and it generally links to opposing views, either religious, social, or political.
Eight centuries later, legend says, Caliph Omar burned some 200,000 objectionable books belonging to the library of Alexandria, warming the city’s baths for six months.
Mongols - Baghdad - Waters - Tigris - Ink
When the Mongols sacked Baghdad in 1258, the waters of the Tigris were said to have run black with ink from all the destroyed books.
In 1492, after the Spanish conquered Granada, the last Muslim kingdom in Western Europe, they allegedly emptied many of the city’s treasured libraries and set their contents all to flame.
Books - Views
Then there are those who have burned books to silence opposing views.
Catholics torched the writings of Protestant reformer Martin Luther.
Nazis - Bonfire - Books - Jewish - Writers
The Nazis lit a towering bonfire of books by Jewish and leftist writers such as Franz Kafka, Sigmund Freud and Upton Sinclair.
Nothing like a handy memory hole, right?
Days - People - Internet - Essays
These days, as more and more people turn to the internet for essays and...
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