Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Amazon bans scholarly books

As noted here, Amazon used to sell all books in print, but now censors certain right-wing views. Now it has even banned a respected scholarly work.

Evolutionary psychology professor Kevin B. MacDonald writes:
Twenty-one years after a respected academic publisher, Praeger, published Culture of Critique and Separation and Its Discontents, they have been banned on Amazon. A People that Shall Dwell Alone is still available. This comes only around two weeks after they banned books books by Jared Taylor and Greg Johnson. This is an extension of the de-platforming from financial sites and PayPal, Patreon, Coinbase, and credit card companies that has hit pretty much all sites on the dissident right, including TOO and TOQ. Clearly the establishment is terrified that these ideas are gaining traction, and it illustrates once again, that the culturally dominant left cares nothing for free speech as a pillar of American civilization. I am now deeply worried that if the left obtains power in the next election, what has happened thus far will pale in comparison to what lies ahead. Private companies like Amazon cannot impose criminal penalties, but if the left manages to redefine the First Amendment, as they would certainly love to do, there will be a very real prospect of imprisonment and heavy fines — even for well-argued, well-supported statements and writings.  This has already happened in several parts of the EU, and the left has already developed sophisticated legal theories aimed at getting around the First Amendment.
These books are about a history of the Jews, and only Jews object to them.

Books get banned for telling uncomfortable truths.

The books have received some criticism, as you can see on Wikipedia. One criticism was that MacDonald said that Jews were authoritarian, while some researchers said that Jews score low on right-wing authoritarianism. The explanation is that Jews are left-wing authoritarians, not right-wing authoritarians.

And left-wing authoritarians are now blocking political opinions with Amazon, Paypal, Facebook, Twitter, and MasterCard.

These books are still available from other sources, and I think many of the chapters can be downloaded for free.

There is no other ethnic group with the power to censor criticism. Europe has laws against denying or diminishing the Jewish Holocaust. The USA has no such laws, because of the First Amendment, but soon it will be impractical for non-Jews to say anything about Jews.

Update: The NY Times story on Amazon censorship omits the above ban, but misdirects us to this:
Amazon has removed the online listings for two books that claim to contain cures for autism, a move that follows recent efforts by several social media sites to limit the availability of anti-vaccination and other pseudoscientific material.

The books, “Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism” and “Fight Autism and Win,” which had previously been listed for sale in Amazon’s marketplace, were not available on Wednesday. The company did not respond to questions about why the books were removed or whether similar books would be taken down in the future. ...

There is no cure for autism spectrum disorder, but there are medications that can help address associated symptoms like high energy levels and depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The DSM-5 lists 100s of disorders for which there is no known cure, and yet there is a giant industry of shrinks, books, medicines, and therapies for them. Why are the censors picking on autism?

I can see why the censors do not want non-Jews writing about the history of Jews. Jews want control of their own myths.

I can also see why leftist authoritarians do not unapproved books on vaccines. Mandatory vaccination is their ideal program for demonstrating the merits of their ideology, and they don't want anyone to have any individual rights in the matter.

But autism? I suspect that they have some evil ulterior motive, such as using autism to stigmatize normal male behavior. Research shows that autism can be described:
The theory of the "extreme male brain" was first mentioned more than 60 years ago, write Simon Baron-Cohen, PhD, and colleagues in Science. ...

The "extreme male brain" is an exaggeration of the typical male brain, which is stronger at analyzing systems than showing empathy, or so the theory goes.

The researchers write that "leaving political correctness aside, there is compelling evidence" of differences in the brains, mental function, and behavior of men and women.

They cite psychological studies -- some of which were done decades ago -- that girls tend to play with dolls, boys favor mechanical toys, girls score better on tests of social sensitivity and verbal fluency, and boys score better on engineering and physics problems and spatial navigation.
The research was done decades ago, because no one is allowed to say that girls tend to play with dolls anymore. Those books will soon be banned on Amazon.

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