Alt-Right Book Burning Cancelled After Pressure

By August 19, 2017Literature, News, Political

Well there’s a headline I never thought I’d write in my lifetime. Book burnings, remit of Nazi Germany and other totalitarian regimes, unseen in the Western world for many, many decades. With this in mind I find it hard to sympathise with those who claim infringement of civil rights at not being able to hold a book burning planned for this weekend.

Juan Cadavid has cancelled a planned book burning on Huntington State Beach this weekend after claiming ‘threats from leftists’ meant they had to cancel the burning of what they called degenerate literature.

If you wish to know what they deem degenerate, then the usual suspects were in the list, Karl Marx, the Koran, and we’re assuming for some variety they were also encouraging people to bring along their Cosmos and Teen Vogue magazine. It seems our cover is blown, now everyone will know we’ve been sneaking our SJW crap into Teen Vogue, what will we do?

After Trump’s statements about the Alt-Left being violent this week and blame on both sides, Cadavid has cancelled the event and deleted the event page from Facebook, releasing this statement

“Public Statement regarding “Burning Degeneracy” event. I do not want to go into a long explanation at this time. The event was in no way intended to eradicate these publications, more a symbolic way of showing that we do not approve of what is being taught to our children and maybe that should have been made clearer, I do not endorse the censorship of literature or personal political views in any way. Due to credible threats of violence from the left this event will be canceled. Free speech in America is under attack and as much as I do not want to shut this event down due to strong personal convictions regarding free speech, I cannot be responsible for injury or death due to intolerance from the violent Socialists.”

On a personal level, I grew up believing we were supposed to oppose Nazis, not allow them a platform under the guise of free speech, so I find little to be sad about with the cancellation of this event. Never in my lifetime did I think I would see anti-Semitism, Nazi flags and book burnings on the streets of the free world. Just as a reminder, here’s an image from a book burning event during World War II.

I am closing today with the wise words of Heinrich Heine

“Dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen.”

“Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.”

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In the spring we brought you the news that filming had started for the BBC adaptation of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist with filming taking place in Amsterdam, where the novel is set. The historical novel is set in 1686 and the judging by the photos released this is to be a lavish adaptation and now we can confirm it’s on the BBC Christmas schedule!

Anya Taylor-Joy stars as Nella Oortman, with Romola Garai playing her cold, domineering sister-in-law Marin. Nella’s husband will be portrayed by Alex Hassel of Cold Mountain fame and that’s just a small number of the excellent cast. Read More

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A Wrinkle in Time: Release Date and New Trailer

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National Book Award Winners 2017 Announced

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The National Book Awards is one of the oldest and most prestigious literary prizes known and each year honours winners in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature and this year also honoured Annie Proulx, and Richard Robinson, Chairman, President & CEO of Scholastic. Read More

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We haven’t seen Clooney on the small screen since ER, nearly twenty years ago but with Catch 22 he’ll not only star in the six episode series but he’ll be directing it too! Clooney won’t be taking the star role, he’ll be playing Yossarian’s commander, Colonel Cathcart. Read More

Orwell Statue Unveiled at BBC Broadcasting House

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On the 7th November this year, a brand new statue of one of my all time favourite authors was unveiled outside the BBC’s London Head Quarters, at New Broadcasting House.

Eric Blair had worked at the BBC as a producer for the “Empire Service” over 70 years ago and some suggest that it is this time at the BBC that gave him the inspiration for room 101, in his now famous novel 1984 which he penned under the more familiar name George Orwell.

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