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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/11067/financial-censorship-growing/

Financial Censorship Growing

November 19, 2009 by

If you want to buy a book or DVD from the Web site of Writer David Irving, you’ll no longer be able to use your American Express card, and that wasn’t Irving’s idea. It was the idea, evidently, of New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represents the district of Borough Park, Brooklyn, New York. Accusing Irving of neo-Nazism for Irving’s defense of Adolf Hitler’s actions as Führer of Nazi Germany and his revisionist inquiries into the Holocaust, Hikind wrote a letter to American Express and got eleven other New York elected officials to add their signatures to his.

Congress, of course, got the ball rolling for financial censorship in a big way when it barred use of credit cards to fund bets with offshore gaming Web sites, but this might be the first case of a “private” shutdown at the initiative of a group not exercising actual “legal” power over the card operator.

You can still buy books and DVDs, even reserve a place at a series of private meetings he’s holding with fans in the US (Irving is British) currently using your Visa, MasterCard, or PayPal accounts, at least so far. Hikind may not be pursuing the matter further as he’s currently in Israel, encouraging Americans to purchase real estate in East Jerusalem on formerly Jordanian territory occupied by Israel since its 1967 War.

{ 7 comments }

Lord Buzungulus, Bringer of the Purple Light November 19, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Absolutley shocking.

Wayne November 19, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Shocking, indeed!

Irving “recently served 10 months in an Austrian jail for violating that country’s Holocaust denial laws.” The Holocaust was terrible and absolutely occurred, but how can the government punish you if you don’t believe in the same version of history as them?

newson November 19, 2009 at 7:55 pm

here in australia, we think it’s dandy to jail people who entertain crazy ideas. fredrick töbin was sentenced to three months incarceration for his vilification of jewry, and holocaust denying.

he’d previously been jailed in germany for similar thought-crimes. offending the memory of the dead or some such charge.

BioTube November 19, 2009 at 8:03 pm

How can the government punish nonbelievers? Ask the Führer!

doubleplusungood thoughcrime November 19, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Global Warming Deniers are dangerous. Only people with mental disorders would question global warming. They deserve to be locked up because they’re a danger to society.

Socialism Deniers are dangerous too. How can anybody be opposed to the next stage of dialectical evolution.

One World Government Deniers are the most dangerous of all. We need One World Government based on State Sovereignty not Individual Sovereignty to create peace on earth. We need One World Currency backed by the ability of the One World Government to steal the fruits of people’s labor.

Lord Buzungulus, Bringer of the Purple Light November 19, 2009 at 9:07 pm

I’m sure I’m not the only one here who was amused (if that’s the right word) by Obama’s entreaties to China to end internet censorship; one wonders if he would ever dare criticize Western European countries for jailing people for Holocaust denial. Actually we don’t really need to wonder, do we?

Gone November 19, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Fear is the key.

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