I’m not a fan, politically, of Hope Not Hate however I do go to the site and read their commentary. I am aware of institutional disingenuity, I am suspicious of their charitable status and their dog-whistle leftist bias.
The reason for my caution regarding HnH is that I do not believe their objectives are politically neutral. This week they have embarked on a campaign to persuade the UK’s leading booksellers to stop selling certain publications such as The Protocols of the Meetings of the Learned Elders of Zion, either in store or through their web sites.
There are other publications on their list, none of which I would pay a quid for, let alone read and most of which are absurd anti-Semitic or overtly racist garbage. That’s why I will not mention them here. I have read ‘Zion’, painful as it was, and urge you not to waste your money or time as I did. The same goes for most of the titles on the HnH list. But feel free if you must…
No reasonable person denies the Holocaust or Nazi atrocities. No sane person wants to stir up racial hatred. But by labelling anyone with an active academic interest in these subjects as twisted, or by denying the common man the ability to source these titles and make their own mind up about the absurd and offensive content is in itself sinister. It’s intellectual snobbery wrapped up in political correctness.
Not everyone has the means or access to the British Library or university libraries, where these tomes are freely available. Are HnH assuming the ordinary man cannot filter what they read or view? Do HnH really want any academic debate outside their approved list proscribed? I hope not, as this sets a dangerous precedent.
HnH have picked up a very hot potato here and I suspect will be embarrassed by it. They assume all right-leaning thinkers are incapable of rational judgement. I trust the booksellers will not bow to pressure to remove the publications from sale. Either way, their profits will hardly be touched as the sales figures are miniscule and the influence of the publications is totally insignificant. Let’s hope there are no bans on books in the UK anytime soon. I’d hate that.
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