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The New Frontier in Censorship

We all will surely remember “Hope Not Hate” and its guileless, perfectly even-handed investigation into the Alt Right of last year, carried out by a young paragon of virile candor named Patrik Hermansson. Alas, but poor Patrik, despite wasting an entire year play-acting in some of the major circles of the True Right, was unable to unearth anything whatever about them that cannot be readily found on their public websites—and Hope Note Hate was reduced to manipulating the scanty material brave Patrik brought home, to rather underwhelming results.

Little has been heard from our friends over at HNH since then, and one might have hoped that, following this embarrassing failure at espionage, they had retracted into the shadows whence they emanated. But an announcement four days ago from their chief executive entitled “Retailers Quietly Remove Hate Material from Sites” reveals otherwise.

It seems the tireless do-gooders at HNH have been petitioning various booksellers, including Amazon, to “remove from their websites some of the most extreme and dangerous nazi, racist and Holocaust denial literature ever published in the English language.” The article boasts that the HNH campaign “has resulted in 84 … books being removed from the websites of WHSmith and Foyles” (two major UK booksellers), putting HNH at the proud forefront of today’s rash of literary censorship.

This is the new frontier in the wave of censorship which began to form with last year’s evidently coordinated attacks against the Right on the part of Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, etc. etc. Just recently, Amazon US has stopped selling physical copies of all those works of Alexander Dugin published by Arktos Media. (The Kindle edition, oddly, remains, as does a handful of exorbitantly priced hard copies; the titles also continue to be available from Amazon UK.) Obviously, no warning of this, not to speak of an explanation for it, has been forthcoming from Amazon. We cannot say with certainty that this “quiet removal” of our books has anything to do with HNH’s campaign—but neither can we be certain that it does not.

Be that as it may, HNH has a great many other titles in its sights, and among them, many published by Arktos. As true proponents of the freedom of ideas in our day, neither Arktos nor AltRight.com can let this stand unchallenged.

HNH’s Index of Banishable Books

HNH’s Index. The New Inquisition is about its holy work.

Let us begin with the “most extreme and dangerous nazi, racist and Holocaust denial literature ever published in the English language.” That is racy; one is almost eager to see what our intrepid friends at HNH have discovered in their quest to eradicate evil from the digital bookshelf.

Fortunately, they have compiled a helpful list. They note that this list is far from comprehensive: we can take it, then, as a selection of but the most indisputably heinous of the “huge quantities of extreme hate content” they claim to have identified in these naughty booksellers. HNH targets, among others, the following icons of unbridled and rabid misanthropy: Alain de Benoist, Julius Evola, Markus Willinger, Kevin MacDonald, Greg Johnson, and Tomislav Sunić.

To anyone who has read these authors (clearly, no one at HNH has ever fallen into such temptation), the idea that any of them are motivated by hatred is simply laughable. To be sure, they may very well be wrong on any number of points; no one denies this, not even the authors themselves. But if error is an index of hatred, every human being alive must be as a gushing fount of loathing.

To say it again, this list presents only a fragment of those titles which HNH would like to see removed from major booksellers, and thereby driven to the dark peripheries of the literary world. We are evidently to take it on faith that any further names added to this list by HNH’s “Right Response Team” will be chosen for the best of reasons—but as we have just seen, even the short list itself utterly gives that idea the lie.

Since HNH claims to be acting on behalf of the public welfare, and since it has already enjoyed some degree of success in its irrational campaign, the public is certainly justified in asking how it goes about making its determinations as to what constitutes “hate speech.” Let us see if HNH can defend itself.

HNH’s Argument for Deplatforming

It is obvious that clear and objective standards need to be defined before one can even begin to formulate an apt judgement on the “hatred” of a single book, not to speak of an author entire. HNH not only does not provide anything of the sort, but it evidently has no intention of doing so. We have not the faintest idea why it puts Tomislav Sunić on the same list as Arnold Leese. HNH evidently prefers to follow the convenient path laid down by the ADL and the SPLC, delivering arbitrary “authoritative” judgements on men, ideas, and associations without ever so much as hinting at what criteria it might be using to produce them.

Though HNH nowhere indicates any standards or criteria for identifying “nazi, racist and Holocaust denial literature,” it does provide two arguments in defense of its desire to ban this kind of literature from major sellers: first, “that major mainstream book sellers … should not profit from extreme hate content such as this”; second, “that these extreme books and authors gain respectability by virtue of their publications being available on the websites of trusted and mainstream sellers.”

To begin with the second argument, HNH claims that the presence of a given book, say, on Amazon, gives that book’s contents a certain respectability in the popular regard. We evidently must conclude then that self-destructive and indiscriminate drug use, the deliberate employment of violence against political adversaries, the forcible overthrow of the state, Islamicist anti-Westernism and antisemitism, uxoricide—we could go on—have all “gained respectability” thanks to the presence on Amazon of specific titles. Is HNH prepared to do something about any of this, I wonder?

If the overall argument is simply that respectable booksellers should restrict themselves to selling respectable material—very well, there is something to be said for this. But one must be consistent here: one must recognize that the entire book market, on Amazon or wherever else you please, has become a mephitic sewer in desperate need of radical cleansing—and one must campaign accordingly. Until HNH is prepared to place The Communist Manifesto beside The Protocols of the Elders of Zion as examples of “dangerous books,” “moral degeneracy” amidst its other three lists, and the Far Left beside the “Far Right” as  categories of “extremism,” its campaign will never be anything other than an instance of wretched, dogmatic, and hypocritical partisanship—as indeed the entire organization has always been.

Note Regarding “Hate”

Mountain climbing? Evidently an example of “extreme hate.” Any HNH member will have no trouble spotting the mountain Nazis in this photograph, for instance.

Just a few of the book titles indicted on HNH’s hit-list: de Benoist’s Indo-Europeans, Willinger’s A Europe of Nations, and Evola’s Meditations on the Peaks: Mountain Climbing as Metaphor for the Spiritual Quest. When works like these are offered as examples of “extreme hate content,” it is clear that all objective standards have flown out the window.

In light of HNH’s failure to provide a definition of the “extreme hate” they are so ready to denounce and even to censor, we must assume they are incapable of articulating such a definition. Let us then, as the magnanimous souls we are, come swift to their aid: concretely speaking, an act of extreme hate can be defined as any act motivated by an impassioned and unreasoned animus against certain men or ideas—animus so powerful that it seizes hold of one’s rationality, leading one blindly to commit injuries or injustices against the men or ideas in question, without first attempting to understand them in even the most superficial of ways.

Given this, we can safely conclude that Hope Not Hate is a much more dangerous purveyor of hate, than the better part of the authors it would smother.

John Bruce Leonard
John Bruce Leonard, Editor-in-Chief of Arktos, studied philosophy, letters, and languages in a university curriculum based exclusively on the great books of the Western Tradition. After taking his degree in Liberal Arts he moved permanently to Italy, where he nourishes his ever-living preoccupation with the heritage and the future of Europe.

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Matar Judios
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There is no debauchery worse than THOUGHT. This wantonness is rampart like a wind-blown weed on a bed reserved for begonias. For those who THINK, nothing is SACRED. Brazenly calling everything by NAME, perverse analyses, meretricious syntheses, wild and dissolute pursuit of naked FACTS, lustful petting of SENSITIVE subjects, spawning ground of opinions – that’s just what they’re after. On a clear day, under cover of darkness, they consort in pairs, triangles and rings. No constraint on age or sex of partners. Friends CORRUPT friends. Degenerate daughters deprave their fathers. Their eyes gleam, their cheeks glow. A brother pimps for… Read more »
diane sedmak
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So I know our freedom of speech has been taken away and now it looks like the disease known as ‘vibrant multiculturism’ is about to commence burning books.

Albionic+American
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We need to point out explicitly that if we replace the word “hate” with “truth” in this anti-white propaganda, we can see the real agenda here. Ironically the enemies of the Enlightenment in 18th Century France condemned and burned the philosophes’ writings against monarchy and the church as their equivalent of today’s “hate speech”; they tried to dox these writers (who had to publish under pseudonyms); they censored the Enlightenment’s educational projects that had gotten out of their control like the Encyclopédie; and they even threatened these writers and activists with prison and execution for speaking their minds. A generation… Read more »
KentChris
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Next thing we know pet stores around the globe will stop selling Pugs.

Andrea Daley
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When it comes to ‘hate speech’ and censorship, it is no longer enough for White National Liberationists to play defense. Use Judo against Judea. In Judo, you use the force of your enemy against your enemy. If he pushes, you pull and pivot. If he pulls, you push and pivot. And it is time the Alt Right began a campaign to shut down Hate Speech of the Globalists, Homomaniacs, Afro-supremacists, self-hating white cuck collaborators, pornographers, and the Empire of Judea(EOJ), the most powerful power in the world. If the GLOB(globalist supremacists) want to talk about HATE SPEECH, okay, we are… Read more »
KentChris
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Superb commentary

Alice Dubois
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Bonjour/Bonsoir I’m a young French woman who’s very worried about my future. I’m not very familiar with these far right movements, But the white race is under attack and so I would like to know how do you guys plan on protecting us ? I’m just a woman and barely 18 I’m not q soldier or a politician I can’t do much. I voted for marine le pen but she lost and now we have macron ruining my country. A man maried to a woman who could be his mother and who said that there isn’t a single French culture.… Read more »
Alice Dubois
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Not a* soldier. / Will America help* Europe ?

Alice Dubois
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Harsh* place ( sorry Manny mistakes I’m not good with this language )

Johnny+Futurismo
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We’re all asking ourselves the same questions tbh. The thing with Canada is it’s mostly undeveloped and unpopulated so there’s plenty of rural areas you can move to and go months at a time without seeing a single non-white person. And Quebec is French so you’d fit in and it wouldn’t be too drastic of a cultural shift, though your English seems to be pretty good. The cities are just as bad as European cities right now though, so if you can’t afford property it might not be much of an improvement.

Alice Dubois
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Living alone in the undeveloped and cold part of a foreign country doesn’t appeal to me but thanks.

Johnny+Futurismo
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Fair enough.

RestoreSanity
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Indeed, the north is full of indians and metis, which can be as bad as north africans. Johnny probably meant the small townships between the large cities and the wild north. You certainly wouldn’t be the only french expat there.

Johnny+Futurismo
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Yeah. There are a lot of small towns that are still moldable. Toronto became majority nonwhite last year, Vancouver and Montreal aren’t far behind. The major cities and their surrounding areas aren’t going to be “fixed” through electoral politics. New towns can be built up in the North though, with the right people with the right vision. Ultimately, the Federal Government is going to have to be brought down at some point though…

Gothic Joe
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Alice: As someone who opposes the Alt-Right, I must warn you that the Alt-Right (at least in America) is very anti-woman and unlikely to help you. The leading Alt-Right website teaches White Sharia and is pro-rape. I’m not sure if the French version is the same. If physical safety is what you are asking for, then I would recommend not walking the streets alone at night and maybe knowing some form of self-defense. If you are wealthy and have the means (though it’s unlikely if you’re only 18) then maybe you could move to a safer neighborhood or another country… Read more »
Johnny+Futurismo
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DS is a weird LARP cult that most of us disavow. Do your homework Joseph.

Gothic Joe
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Just scroll down and read the posts by “North African.”

North African
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I’ll find you and Boer you.

Gothic Joe
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Sure, Skippy, sure. 😉

Stewart Miller
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This is the leading Alt-Right website. Show me the pro-rape articles please. You can’t because you’re talking out of your ass.

What about the muslim women who love sharia?

Alice Dubois
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My god why would you want to rape people ?! That’s sick. I live with my brainwashed mother who Believes that we shouldn’t be racist and that we are all humans. I definitely need to move from this place I’ll work any job and live in a small apartment but I need a white neighborhood, I might try going to Austria I’ve seen videos from Génération identitaire and they don’t seem to want Sharia but to protect Europe. The language might be an obstacle but I’ll try and perhaps I’ll like the place and find a worthy husband and have… Read more »
North African
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Let me put it simply you fucking bitch. G O, K I L L ,Y O U R S E L F ! I can’t believe it you’re driving me insane. HOW DARE YOU ask for help ?! “Oh but I voted for le pen !”. ROLF her “husband” is always at the French Jewish association and licking the boots of israHELL. FN is controlled opposition you dumb fuck. You women are the trash of society. You created this problem and now dare to ask men to go die protecting you ?! “The Arabs want to rape me ” in… Read more »
Alice Dubois
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I’m legitimately in tears and in shock right now, good bye I see that this movement isn’t for me.

North African
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Good riddance !
Effectively this movement doesn’t want or need women. You women are manifested SIN. Once artificial wombs are perfected and cheap to produce you’ll go extinct. If we have realistic sex-bots and artificial wombs then why the heck would anyone want to have a daughter ?
Once this is the case we’ll finally be in the stars. No longer held back by wahmen.
Oh Boy I want to get near you with a baseball bat and bash your head so much that your white skin will turn red with blood.
Go to Austria I’m sure Martin SELLner will like having a side-bitch.

North African
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Women need to be put down all the time !
The moment they start to think they have some value, you end up with the likes of Hillary and Merkel.

Johnny+Futurismo
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Dude, chill out. Women aren’t to blame for this mess. Jews and Anglos are.

North African
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Who works for the Jewish porn industry ? Who gives Tyron a blowjob ? Who votes for these shitty politicians ? Who admitted false rape accusations because they wanted to feel some thrill in the relationship ?
Who accepted millions of rapists in Germany and Sweden ?

I’m not an amerimutt why are you still calling me dude ? D:

Gothic Joe
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I am not at all sure that “North African” believes what he is saying. If I were a supporter of the Alt-Right instead of an enemy, I would attempt to doxx him to prove he’s a troll having a laugh at making the Alt-Right look even dumber than it already is. I have observed his posts on multiple articles and every single one is cringe and over the top and he tends to insult you guys very often. Just look at this thread: A white woman sympathetic to your movement asks for help and enquires on whether she should join.… Read more »
North African
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Honestly dude I don’t like you but I had an awesome laugh reading your comment imagining it said with the voice of an american tv Host.

We make a good team👌🏻 😂

That hoe was a hypocrite voting for controlled opposition then asking men to protect her.

Your Posts on Spency are personal attacks on a man who puts himself on the front lines. You should be ashamed.
How is this a hate movement ? If anything it’s born out of one’s love for his kin.

Jimstone.is
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Yes, I have observed this too. Whoever it is posts in reply to his own comments. I have caught him doing it. Same name. Most liekly a troll. This board like most web sites has several of them. It is not pure.

Johnny+Futurismo
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Yes, removing Meditations on the Peak should cure Europe of it’s Roman Saluting canine problem. The brave warriors at Hope not Hate have truly outdone themselves this time. Bravo.

karsten
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Only a matter of time before an alternative to Amazon (which thus far has been pretty good on NOT censoring books, all things considered) is needed, as GAB is the alternative to Twitter, BitChute the alternative to YouTube, Hatreon to Patreon, etc.

Sooner or later, Amazon will buckle, even more than it currently is.

TexanMike
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Virtual book burning. Long since been a requirement to deny ideas any space to be read or understood required a pile of books burning in the streets. The Amount of books they are banning would fill a stadium. Via Teacher union, and school boards, curriculum restrictions, etc. How can any article that features HNH’s agenda go without pointing out they are a beneficiary of the Billions from George Soros Open Society Foundation. This is a matter of fact. With their infiltration tactics and undercover work, “Tyler Durden” at Zero Hedge correctly calls them “George Soros’ spy network” “This time Soros… Read more »
RestoreSanity
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1965-2065 will be remembered as the century of the degenerate.

After Democracy
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Free speech is an abstraction that’s never really existed, not for very long anyway. In politics, if someone hates you enough, they’ll find a way to silence you regardless of laws. The current left uses gray-area strategies like: -Hate speech is not free speech -It’s not censorship if a private entity does it -Threats are ‘counter-speech’ not censorship -Nationalist speech (widely defined) incites violence That’s why I don’t care much for alt-lite “free speech warrior” types. The left either doesn’t understand or doesn’t care about free speech. Either we shut them down or they shut us down. There is no… Read more »
Stefano
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..’Sactly.
They say :
” It’s a cultural war “.
I say :
Just cancel the ” cultural” part please.
It is a war period .
Let’s fight it smartly yes ,but let’s recognize it as such first .

Spraguer
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Hate: Using a pen or a keyboard to defend one’s position via reasoned argumentation.
Love: Using bricks, bats, bombs & other weapons to silence one’s political opponents because of their “dangerous ideas”.
This is the world we actually live in.
The same world where “anti-racism” means the deep desire to genocide white people.

Based_WHITE_Man
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“Ugly is Beautiful, Free Speech is Hate Speech, Independence is a Myth”
-SocJus, the enforcers of the (((doctrine)))

Pechal
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The past few weeks was about to purchase a handful of books from Amazon including some from Dugin. One day I realized I couldn’t get the Dugin ones. Was very odd to me. Just purchased some copies from other sources. Looks like it is now time to stock up on these kinds of books.

I have also noticed that ‘right-wing’ books even ‘right-libertarian’ books have only increased in price over the past few months, probably due to high demand.

Peter
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Let the haters start a boycott against Amazon if A. doesn´t remove the titles.
Besides, AFAIK it´s a punishable offense to interfere in a contract of two parties when you´re an uninvolved party… we had that case before, can´t remember ATM…