The Most Unusual Books

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If you like books and want to see the most unusual ones, just look here.

In quite another sense of the word „unusual” – informations about books banned by the Index Librorum Prohibitorum here, here and here.

I think someone should investigate and write an „Index Librorum Prohibitorum” of our liberal demoracies. Liberals as we are, unfortunately we still ban books… Hitler’s „Mein Kampf” and David Irving’s books are but one example… (if you ask me: no matter what its content is, a book should not be banned!).

Written by Andrei Stavilă

februarie 17, 2008 la 11:18 pm

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  1. It makes no sense that Western countries can claim to be in favor of free speech and yet think nothing of throwing authors in prison for „denying the holocaust.” It’s gotten to the point where you can say things in Iran that you’re not allowed to say in France!

    Igor Alexander

    aprilie 27, 2008 at 4:33 am

  2. I fully agree with you. I think that the Western countries have no sound argument in favor of violating one of the most basic human rights – that is, the right to free speech and to the freedom of counsciousness. But this doesn’t mean that I think it is MORALLY right to advocate racism, xenofobia, etc.


    aprilie 30, 2008 at 11:43 am

  3. „But this doesn’t mean that I think it is MORALLY right to advocate racism, xenofobia, etc.”

    The problem I have with terms like „racism” and „xenophobia” is that they’re almost only ever applied to white people. No one ever accuses the Japanese of „racism” for favoring immigration policies that are aimed at keeping Japan racially and ethnically Japanese. No one ever called black Africans who massacred white settlers during the time of decolonization „xenophobes.”

    Why the double standard?

    Personally, I fail to see what is morally wrong with wanting to preserve one’s race and heritage, and taking whatever steps are necessary to ensure it.

    Igor Alexander

    mai 1, 2008 at 10:08 am

  4. The following article by Kevin MacDonald touches on these issues and is well worth reading:

    „…ethnic homogeneity is compatible with – perhaps conducive to – liberal democracy. At a theoretical level, this is because ethnic conflict produces deep, frequently irreconcilable divisions within a society and ultimately, causes group-based competition for resources and political power. These can be very hard to mediate.”

    „The difficulty of establishing democracy and the rule of law in societies divided by ethnic conflict is a major theme of the contemporary world.

    „So is the campaign to bully European-stock whites, alone of all the world’s groups, to forswear ethnocentric politics and consequently to fatally disable themselves in an unchangingly ethnocentric world.”

    Igor Alexander

    mai 1, 2008 at 10:23 am

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