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Modern Book Burning


Written by James Rhodes
Published on August 9, 2018



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Close your eyes… Let’s take a brief but important journey together.

It's May 10, 1933 at the at the Opernplatz in Berlin, Germany. It’s a warm spring evening, and there are many German university students carrying large stacks of books in their arms to a spot near the middle of the square. Their faces are glowing from the the flickering light emanating from the huge bonfire that they have encircled. The students place the heavy stacks of books down on the ground by their feet. Nazi SA (Sturmabteilung), more commonly known as the “brown shirts,” are marching around the Opernplatz holding up Nazi flag staffs. Then the students start throwing each Jewish or “un-German” book into the bonfire while listening to live music and singing happily away. What a happy time!


Book Burning in Berlin Germany (May 10, 1933)
May 10, 1933: Patriotic German students destroy ‘un-German books’1

Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, suddenly shows up to give a rousing speech to the book burners. "My fellow students, German men and women, the era of exaggerated Jewish intellectualism is now at an end. The triumph of the German revolution has cleared a path for the German way; and the future German man will not just be a man of books, but also a man of character and it is to this end we want to educate you. To have at an early age the courage to peer directly into the pitiless eyes of life. To repudiate the fear of death in order to gain again the respect for death. That is the mission of the young and therefore you do well at this late hour to entrust to the flames the intellectual garbage of the past. It is a strong, great and symbolic undertaking, an undertaking, which shall prove to all the world that the intellectual basis of the November Republic is here overturned; but that from its ruins will arise victorious the lord of a new spirit.”2

Think it cannot happen here in the United States of America? You would be so incredibly wrong if you assumed that. History really does have a funny way of repeating itself in a different form or manner. Those of us that have extensively studied the history of World War 2, before and after, see parallels that are in reality quite disturbing. In a future article I will discuss the similarities of pre-World War 2 Germany and present day America.

Now, open your eyes…

Fast forward to August 6, 2018 in the USA. It’s a hot summer morning and many people are waking up to the news that Alex Jones and Infowars have been basically de-platformed from Apple, Facebook, YouTube, etc. At a basic level, these tech companies are doing the same thing as the Nazis did in pre-World War 2 Germany. By removing podcasts, postings, videos, etc. these companies are censoring free speech they deem as hateful and sending it into the digital void.

Hate speech is a nebulous term that is thrown about by liberals/socialists/communists (shortened to the Left) quite regularly. In reality, hate speech is just speech from conservatives, or anyone else on the right side of the political spectrum, that they do not agree with. They want whatever you have to say banned, because they absolutely hate YOUR free speech. These self-appointed censors flag your free speech on a daily basis, so you get shadow banned, temporarily banned or permanently banned from Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. For example, you could say that the sky is definitely blue, but in their dark world it is always gray. So, they will call you out as a bigot, hater, racist, etc. for merely telling the truth that the sky is blue. Logic is not exactly a strong point with these people. Trying to win an argument with these people is like smashing your head on a brick wall until you start bleeding. At a certain point you have to stop the bleeding before you pass out.

How did we get to this point in time where everything we do or say is flagged as hate speech? Much of the blame for the current climate can be laid upon politicians, Democratic and Republican, that do not have the spine to speak out when it is appropriate to do so. The mainstream media (MSM) echoes and amplifies any of the stupidity emanating from Washington, D.C., and it filters down to the state and then the city/town levels. This is why you have this constant echo chamber of stupidities on radio, television and on the Internet. The Left’s solution to everything in life is to shut down anything that does not echo their biased world view. They have tried it with Sean Hannity on Fox News and many other conservative individuals in news media by going after their advertisers. In addition to going after their income, the Left is constantly bombarding social media companies to pressure them to de-platform anyone on the Right.

Alternative media tries to counter the mainstream media’s constant stream of stupidity with some success. Many on the Left just do not get that anyone that disagrees with their world view is not the enemy. We can agree to disagree like normal functioning human beings, because this is the United States of America. We are not some third-world country that is constantly in chaos. Unfortunately, many people on the the Left love creating chaos in this country, so they can create divisions amongst the populace.

Say what you will about Alex Jones, but the man has been right about many things he has discussed over the years. The Left does not like it very much when one exposes the truth about them and their daily activities. This is why they are foaming-at-the-mouth in trying to completely shut him down on the Internet.

What is the solution to all of this? Personally, I think that everyone on the Right should leave Facebook, Twitter, etc. all at once to drive them all into financial ruin. It needs to be done on a particular day at a specified local time. Personally, I left Facebook and Twitter, because I found it becoming absolutely idiotic with the constant banning for the most ridiculous things.

Many conservatives are thinking, "Yeah, but muh Facebook and muh Twitter." Seriously, why do people even waste their time anymore?

Do you people get it? THEY HATE YOU.



References

1. “May 10, 1933: Patriotic German students destroy ‘un-German books’.” Wikipedia, August 7, 2018. Web. Retrieved August 7, 2018, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2b/1933-may-10-berlin-book-burning.jpg

2. “Books burn as Goebbels speaks." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, August 7, 2018. Web. Retrieved August 7, 2018, https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/media_fi.php?ModuleId=10005852&MediaId=158