The constitution promised us freedom. Now, Amazon and corporate tyranny are in the way.
On February 21st, Amazon removed Ryan T. Anderson’s 2018 book, titled When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement. As of this writing, Amazon has not provided a specific reason as to what violated the company’s updated guidelines.
The timing of the removal is vital to understanding the magnitude of Amazon’s decision. Anderson published an op-ed in the NY Post in which he criticized the controversial Equality Act. On the same day, Amazon removed his book. It covered gender fluidity and how the far-left’s “sunny” perspective on transgenderism may lead to disastrous consequences, and was praised as “focused, informative, [and] fair-minded” by Oxford’s John Finnis. By removing the book at a pivotal moment in American politics, Amazon explicitly chose a political side and deemed it the moral standard, censoring dissenting content that is extremely relevant to current political discourse. It was never about removing “hate speech.”
Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, for example, is directly sold through Amazon and was quickly reinstated after briefly being removed, according to the New York Times. Mao Zedong, the worst mass murderer in history, also has works sold directly by Amazon, including The Little Red Book and Mao’s Quotations, the latter competing with the Bible in terms of copies sold. If they can remove politically controversial content on the arbitrary basis of “hate speech”, how is it reasonable for Amazon to allow books written by murderous dictators on the platform? It isn’t and makes Amazon’s intentions clear.
Amazon is not attempting to protect the public by removing political content. It is being done to silence your ability to question their narrative and quash dissent from conservatives. Amazon’s recent shift in the application of their guidelines disturbingly paves the way to less freedom of thought and more corporate tyranny.
Simply put, Amazon’s “moral superiority” is being utilized to control what you are allowed to see and think. The cartel-esque control over information is nothing but a tyrannical attempt to undermine western society and is a vicious attack on American values.
Given Amazon’s supermajority of the market share (generally considered to be around 75 percent) on published books, is it morally responsible for the massive conglomerate to decide, for 248 million American, what we are allowed to read based largely on arbitrary guidelines?