And Today In The Attack On Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness That Is Known At Ethics Alarms As “The Great Stupid”…

Liberty weeps

Online retailer eBay has announced that it will no longer allow owners of the six Dr. Seuss books eliminated this week from Theodore Geisel’s published children books to sell the books online in its auction platform.

Citing its offensive materials policy, eBay Corporate Communications Specialist Parmita Choudhury explained, “At eBay, we have a strict policy against hate and discrimination to ensure our platform remains a safe, trusted and inclusive environment for our global community of buyers and sellers.We’re currently sweeping our marketplace to remove these items. It can take some time to review all existing listings and provide education to impacted users. We’re also monitoring the newly published list to be reviewed.”

First they came for Yertle the Turtle….

The policy being risibly cited to justify this purge of harmless children’s books that have amused children of all races and ethnicities while teaching them to read is “Listings that promote or glorify hatred, violence, or discrimination aren’t allowed.”

I defy anyone to demonstrate how the six banned books–“And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “If I Ran the Zoo,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer”—promote or glorify hatred, violence, or discrimination.

I don’t care a bit about Dr. Seuss. My son learned to read just fine without any of those books, and the rest of Geisel’s work as well. I do care a great deal about partisan and ideological attacks on art and expression, the restriction of open access to literature, the chilling of creativity, and political impediments to commerce. I can’t personally do much about eBay joining the Left’s fascists now ascending, except to stop using the platform, and to direct that anyone who believes in core American values to do likewise.

What was once a matter of arguably politically incorrect caricatures of various races and ethnicities in a few Dr. Seuss drawings is now called glorifying–glorifying!–hatred, violence, or discrimination! By this deranged standard, all Warner Bros cartoons have to be banned. Any substantial collections of New Yorker cartoons, Charles Addams cartoons, Playboy cartoons,or classic comic section cartoons: “Lil Abner”? “Little Orphan Annie”? “Dick Tracy”?—they all contain more offensive content by eBay standards than Dr. Seuss. A massive number of Hollywood classics, including “Casablanca,” “The Ten Commandments,” “Ben-Hur,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, the Crosby and Hope Road movies, most of the Tarzan films, “Jurassic Park 2, The Lost World,” virtually every Pacific theater World War II film; “Lawrence of Arabia,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Godfather” films; at least the first two Indiana Jones movies; “Gone With The Wind,” of course; “It’s a Wonderful Life”…on and on. Is it acceptable to promote hatred of Nazis? I don’t see how eBay can can draw that line. So much for “Schindler’s List.”

I haven’t even gotten to the books eBay will have to ban, or the TV series DVDs that eBay won’t be able to sell applying the “Dr. Seuss Standard.” “Laugh-in” won’t make it. Neither will Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.” Forget about “F-Troop,” “Sanford and Son,” or the “Jeffersons.” “The Family Guy” might as well pack it in now.

A commenter on this story’s article on PJ Media nicely encapsulates the ignorance and cretinism of the progressives and Democrats driving this mass erasure of our culture (which included voting into power a woke-obsessed party). His (or her name) is Svoboda, and the comment is signature significance:

imagine being an adult who just wasted 3 days of their life being concerned about Dr Seuss books that they never even heard of in the first place.I think you’re supposed to cry about Mr potato Head and Goya beans next. Because that’s what Republicans are about now. Weird anti-boycotts and an embrace of products that they never even liked in the first place.

This is the typical level of comprehension I see in those watching, shrugging, and even applauding as our individual liberties are stripped away. That’s right, Svoboda, you moron: as long as you haven’t heard of a book that has been banned, there’s nothing to be concerned about.

A perfect denizen of The Great Stupid.

13 thoughts on “And Today In The Attack On Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness That Is Known At Ethics Alarms As “The Great Stupid”…

  1. I recently discovered Goya makes a very tasty green salsa. I should go buy some more, since that apparently annoys the left. Annoying the left gives me great joy.

  2. This is interesting… from another comment on the PJ Media article:

    “We’re not grasping the full cynicism of this madness. It’s woke on the cheap. Seuss Enterprises CEO Susan Brandt picked the six lowest-selling Seuss books as sacrificial victims, in the division from which Seuss Enterprises makes the least money — actual books. She did it because it will cost her nothing, and will in fact earn her “anti-racist” kudos in her rarified social circle while making SE more money than having done nothing by ginning up a controversy that has boosted sales of the other books.

    “Seuss Enterprises is essentially a $30-million a year corporation based on licensing the drawings and rhyming styles of a dead man.

    “Brandt is, then, the queen of a hive of corporate parasites, who owe their wealth to skillfully capitalizing on someone else’s accomplishments. Yeah, they’ve grown revenues greatly with Netflix deals for animated series. They had Seuss to sell, though. Living examples of the old saw, “Born on third base, thought they hit a home run.”

    ‘Interesting facts from a otherwise insipid article on the subject:

    ‘Although Dr. Seuss Enterprises generates an enormous amount of yearly revenue for an estate—over $30 million—these books are not a particularly important piece of Dr. Seuss’s legacy or publishing profile. The most popular of the six pulled titles, Mulberry Street, has sold 636 copies this year; the least popular, Quizzer, has sold two. The other four titles have sold between 216 and 470 copies—a respectable number for backlist, but nothing spectacular. Green Eggs & Ham, meanwhile, sold 14,000 copies last week.'”

  3. I saw quipped the other day: “We live in the timeliness where Cardi B’s song ‘Wet Ass Pussy’ wins song of the year, and Dr Seuss and the Muppets are flagged as problematic and controversial.”

  4. It doesn’t matter one bit what the Constitution or our laws say, the totalitarians are bastardizing them and side stepping the justice system to intimidate society as a whole and bully their way into power. Totalitarians are using their rights to stomp on the rights of others and there is nothing legally that can be done to stop them. The totalitarians are winning the minds of the masses, the masses are apathetic, cowards, or just plain scared and the Liberty dominoes are toppling one by one.

    Yes, Liberty is Dying a Slow Death in the United States of America

    No this is not defeatism, it’s what I’ve been seeing for a while, it’s our new reality.

    Until we face the reality that is staring us in the face and do something about it the power will remain theirs to wield at will.

    Strong Leaders Are Needed To Inspire Nationwide Grass Roots Movements To Support The Constitution & Confront Totalitarianism

    Do what you can to be a leader.

  5. Over 30 years ago, they came for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. This is just the continuation. There is 3 decades of momentum here to stop.

  6. I regularly buy figures of Crusaders off of eBay, hope no one tells the Russian artists who paint them that their art is offensive, or they’ll be out of business real fast.

  7. I saw a meme on Facebook today that said something about NBC banning the showing of the movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” because it is “offensive to people without brains.”
    (I’m increasingly living my sarcasm vicariously.)

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