Amazon has been banning books for quite a long time now. Much of this censorship and digital book burning had been able to go unnoticed because the books targeted for removal from Amazon’s bookstore were written by white nationalists, discussed Holocaust denial or focused on other similar verboten topics for which few people express any sympathy.
However, Amazon’s digital book burning efforts have stepped up considerably of late. One of the most high-profile books to be banned recently is “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment,” a book by political philosopher Ryan T. Anderson which is critical of transgenderism.
Amazon has now announced that, as a general policy, it will not sell any books that try to argue that people who identify as transgendered are mentally ill.
Since Amazon is the world’s largest bookseller, this will severely restrict the ability to have a meaningful public debate on this topic. Only one side will be heard, and no dissent will be tolerated.
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Anderson himself was completely blindsided by Amazon’s decision to stop selling his book. The company did not notify him of this decision, and he only found out about it after people had written him emails asking why they couldn’t find his book for sale. Amazon only provided him with an explanation after he had spoken to the Wall Street Journal and told them what had happened.
A group of Republican Senators — Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, Josh Hawley and Mike Braun — recently wrote a letter to Amazon demanding an explanation for the ban. Amazon responded by announcing that, as a general policy, it would no longer sell any books that describe transgenderism as a mental illness.
The statement read, in part, “We carefully consider the content we make available in our stores, and we review our approach regularly. As described above, we have chosen not to sell books that frame LGBTQ+ identity as a mental illness.”
Another major book that Amazon has banned for taking a critical attitude to transgenderism is Scott Howard’s “The Transgender Industrial Complex.” That book can now only be purchased directly from the publisher.
Anderson forthrightly denies ever saying in his book that transgenderism is a mental illness. “Nowhere have I ever framed LGBTQ+ identity as a mental illness,” he said.
In short, this is a blatantly political move by Amazon. The company and its woke executives want to enforce their ideological and political visions on the rest of society. Anderson’s book sold well and expressed opinions that those woke executives disagreed with, so it was banned.