Italian Book Fair Echoes Jakarta Book-Burning!

Turin’s international book fair refused on Thursday to let a publishing house run by an avowed fascist exhibit at the event following a protest by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Holocaust museum and Italian intellectuals.

Why ‘intellectuals’ of any nationality should have a say in who gets to show off his or her company’s books is beyond me!

Why Do Media Focus On Mouthings Of Meaningless People? 

‘Intellectuals’ are a parasitical breed, prone to bombast and frequently cosmopolitan, many devoid of patriotism and lacking any empathy with their own fellow-citizens.

For my part, if fascist or communist publishers want to be represented at an international event, I can see no reason why not.

I reckon I’m fairly consistent on the issue of book censorship – there was this episode ..

“After the public statement by condemning the work and the FPI accused Manji as a lesbian, police and FPI ended the event. A later discussion was dissolved by Sunni hardliners in Yogyakarta, while the police did not take any action.”

She was a left-liberal lesbian but I supported her freedom of expression. If she’s got a point of view, let’s hear it, and debate it if we don’t like it.

Marxism, fascism and jihadism alike are not consonant with democracy.

If communists had their way, many a decent patriot would be in jail or dead.

But should we ban communist books? Hardly  – Marx’s ‘Das Kapital’ is so boring it’s unreadable anyway.

If some dumb sectarian bum wants to advocate polygamy, or other primitive practices, like coercing women into becoming bag-heads…



…they should be free to publish books justifying such bizarre beliefs – so long as there’s no coercion of gals, or garbage-think like incitement to murder ‘apostates’ or adulterers.

Equally, books criticising any or all religions should be unmolested, NOT the case here in Indonesia, where the intolerant publishers Gramedia even got into Nazi-style book-burning.


At least the censors in Italy haven’t yet gone that far!

Strange that the Jakarta Post, whose report we looked at, failed to link the examples of home and away intolerance, but they are part of the Gramedia business empire!

No idea if far-left books are on display in Turin, but if so, or even if not, then Altaforte Edizioni, ‘founded and run by far-right activist Francesco Polacchi,’ should not have been excluded.

Polacchi had been an approved participant, but the organisers knuckled under to fake ‘populists’ on Turin City Council and leftists in the regional assembly.

Pure political censorship.

Last word to Polacchi.

Altaforte Edizioni does not bend to the logic of a single way of thinking … Books cannot and must not face censorship,” he said on Facebook…