The Rise of the New Normal Reich, Consent Factory Essays, Vol. III, banned in Germany!
So, my latest book, The Rise of the New Normal Reich: Consent Factory Essays, Vol. III, has been banned by Amazon.com in Germany. The book had been selling well on German Amazon since its release in May, and was a #1 bestseller in various Amazon categories in countries all around the world. It was also a Barnes & Noble bestseller.
The book is still available in Germany at the moment, just not from Amazon.de. It’s also distributed internationally by Ingram, the largest book distributor in the world. People in Germany can order it from a bookstore, or from independent booksellers like OVALmedia.
Oh, and speaking of OVALmedia, I got the notice from Amazon KDP informing me that my book is now banned one day after OVALmedia released Part One of a mini-series of dialogues I had with Catherine Austin Fitts, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT MR. GLOBAL … which I’m sure was just a total coincidence.
Amazon.com is a private corporation, just like YouTube, which has just deplatformed OVALmedia, and the banks that have canceled OVALmedia’s accounts, and the bank that just canceled Gunnar Kaiser’s account, and so on. I think you get the picture.
None of these totally private businesses have any links to the German government or Germany’s federal intelligence agency (“Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz”), technically. OK, sure, the state media do (i.e., TV channels like ARD, ZDF, Deutsche Welle, et al.), but not privately-owned papers like Der Tagesspiegel, which have also been ruthlessly demonizing anyone questioning the new official ideology on a daily basis for the last two years.
I mean, it’s not like some kind of coordinated Gleichschaltung campaign like the one the Nazis implemented to establish ideological uniformity and eliminate any and all types of dissent. That would be … well, like totalitarianism, or something.
In any event, Amazon has banned my book, which documents the roll-out of the New Normal Reich, not just in Germany, but all around the world. The pretext the Content Review Team cited was the semi-shrouded swastika behind the medical-looking mask on the cover, which (a) is not prohibited in Germany, and (b) was approved by Amazon when the book was originally published in May.
Now, for anyone tempted to reply to this post with some comment like “swastikas are banned in Germany!” please educate yourself before you do. Swastikas are not banned in Germany. Yes, of course they are banned if Nazis use them, but they are permitted for the purposes of “civic education, countering anti-constitutional activities, art and science, research and education, coverage of historic and current events,” and similar purposes, according to German law. (For example, William Shirer’s books, Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds film, etc.)
The Amazon Content Review Team knows this, or, if they don’t, they have no excuse not to. Amazon has lawyers on its payroll, or at least some 22-year-old intern who is capable of reading German laws (which Germany publishes online in English).
Moreover, Amazon’s banning of my book violates Article 5 of the Grundgesetz (which is basically Germany’s constitution):
“Every person shall have the right freely to express and disseminate his opinions in speech, writing, and pictures and to inform himself without hindrance from generally accessible sources. Freedom of the press and freedom of reporting by means of broadcasts and films shall be guaranteed. There shall be no censorship.”
And Article 3 of the Grundgesetz:
“No person shall be favoured or disfavoured because of sex, parentage, race, language, homeland and origin, faith or religious or political opinions.”
The point is, Amazon’s Content Review Team’s stated pretext for banning my book is clearly and inarguably fallacious, which is a legal term meaning “a load of horseshit,” and the ban is a violation of German law.
I am, of course, pursuing this matter with Amazon’s Anonymous Content Review Team, but even if I succeed in persuading them to reverse the ban, that’s not what’s important. What is important is that corporations like Amazon, Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. (which control our communication networks) do not have the slightest qualms about censoring information, banning books, suppressing facts, spreading disinformation, and generally behaving like Orwellian Thoughtpolice … and we are gradually becoming accustomed to it. It is becoming “normal,” boring even.
I don’t know about you, but I am not OK with living in a world where Amazon and other unaccountable global corporations decide which books we are allowed to read, which films we are allowed to watch, which facts we are allowed to know about. And that is where we are headed, currently. We’re not going to arrive there suddenly, one day. We’re going to arrive there just like this, little step by little step, one little act of corporate censorship at a time.
Oh, and if you think this is just a German problem, well …
P.S. And please, I beg you, if you feel your fingers moving toward the keys of your device and about to type out and send me a comment like “Get out of Germany now!” or “Why haven’t you left Germany yet?” or “Isn’t it time you escaped from Germany?” or something along those general lines, please, restrain yourself. I have received that comment approximately 279 times now. Or, if you absolutely cannot restrain yourself, send me €250K (i.e., along with the aforementioned comment), and I will buy myself a Greek residency visa, bully my wife into shutting down her business, and move us to a little Greek island that I love, and you’ll never have to hear about Germany from me again!