Thursday, August 9, 2012

The new ban on children's books

is taking political correctness and censorship to a whole new level. Gary North comments on a new federal law which bans the sale of all children's books printed before 1985, right here in the United States. Small book shops will be ruined and a black market in books is emerging already. Samizdat, the Russians called it in the USSR. One bookshop owner said,
“I was willing to resist the censorship of 1984 and the Fire Department of Fahrenheit 451 long before I became a bookseller, so I’d love to run a black market in quality children’s books—but at the same time it’s not like the CPSC has never destroyed a small, harmless company before.”
A reader of wrote,
My daughter works in a used bookstore. TODAY they pulled all the books from the children's section that had any kind of metal or plastic or toy-like attachment, spiral bindings, balls or things attached, board books, anything that might be targeted under this law, and they very quietly trashed them all. I say "very quietly" because the bookstore had a meeting with employees and told them to be careful not to start a panic. If anyone asked what they were doing they were told to say that they were "rearranging their inventory." No one was allowed to tell anyone about the new law, and no one was allowed to take any of the doomed-for-destruction books home or give them away.
That's the federal government for you. The "conservative" Republicrats were all for it: the CPSIA passed the House with a single dissenting vote, from the only real American in Congress, Ron Paul. And the Dempublicans promise to be even worse now that they have an Obamanation in the White (sic) House.
A further question is what to do about public libraries, which daily expose children under 12 to pre-1985 editions of Anne of Green Gables, Beatrix Potter, Baden-Powell’s scouting guides, and other deadly hazards.
Of course, the Jew York Times likes the new law. You'd better buy 1985, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451, before they're banned, too.

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