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Old 09-27-2010, 08:40 PM   #1
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Post Banned books week


Well actually, it started two days ago still. So pick up a book that you have always wanted to read, but were told not to and openly defy the censors telling us what we can and cannot read by reading them!

http://www.bannedbooksweek.org

Also...

What books have you read that fall under the 'banned' category, or what book have you wanted to read, but had not had the chance yet?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLprbWMd8mM

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Old 09-27-2010, 10:26 PM   #2
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I've read Huck Finn, for one. My son has read Harry Potter books.
 
Old 09-27-2010, 10:29 PM   #3
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To Kill A Mocking Bird is on that list, however it was openly read in my high school sophmore english class, our teacher had it in the lesson plans... This was back in `98.
 
Old 09-28-2010, 12:14 AM   #4
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i can not remember the name but - according to CNN
the pentagon ( "Four walls and a spare. Monument to Murphy's Law")
just shredded 10,000 copy's of it
PS. there are supposed to be a FEW that are NOT the new "redacted " ( blacked out lines) still floating around .
 
Old 09-28-2010, 06:26 AM   #5
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These are banned books ?

When I thought banned book, I was thinking more like Mein Kampf ... etc. But Harry Potter, Huck Finn ? WTF ? Is it April fools ?
 
Old 09-28-2010, 06:49 AM   #6
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we read "to kill a mockingbird" in highschool back in the 70s
 
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Yes, I read that one in high school as well ... I don't see why it is banned, it's nothing special.
 
Old 09-28-2010, 07:11 AM   #8
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woooow thinking those books should be banned it's really geekerish stuff.
 
Old 09-28-2010, 07:17 AM   #9
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Maybe it's just that today, everyone is so tame that revolutionary books are just not written, so they have to ban stuff like Harry Potter and Huck Finn.
 
Old 09-28-2010, 10:34 AM   #10
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These are banned books ?

When I thought banned book, I was thinking more like Mein Kampf ... etc. But Harry Potter, Huck Finn ? WTF ? Is it April fools ?
Well I take it no public library or bookstore in the US would be crazy enough to carry such a book. Officially yes the book is banned in Germany, nobody can make new prints of the book but it is not illegal to possess a copy. It is not banned in the US though. Also see this:

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Mein Kampf
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Effectively banned in Germany - the rights are currently claimed by the Freestate of Bavaria and the state tries to prevent any re-printing but there is no law against owning or trading the original. Banned in some European nations and the Russian Federation as extremist.
I don't care for that book either so I wouldn't even bother reading it. Best thing to be done with that book is to be left alone, and not mentioning it; and I certainly wouldn't recommend burning it though, because well, you know, didn't a certain group do the exact same thing a couple decades back?


Also the famous(infamous?) Turner Diaries isn't on the list (no I haven't read that book, and don't plan to ever).

Extremist ideologies aside, I am still surprised about To Kill A Mockingbird being on the list, if thats the case why isn't Black Like Me on there? Thats another book I had to read in sophmore english.
 
Old 09-28-2010, 11:13 AM   #11
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Well I've read Mein Kampf ( english translation ) and it definitely sucks... not just the plain ideology, but the whole line of reasoning is quite fallacious...

It still puzzles me though, Germans are generally intelligent and well informed peole... how could evil Adolf trick them with such low quality lies...?

I have also read Kokutai No Hongi, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokutai_no_Hongi, Kokutai Shinron, Shinmin no Michi, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinmin_no_Michi, as well as "On Guerrila Warfare" from Mao Ze Dong...



This latter is not banned IMHO...

BTW, shouldn't the Holy Bible, as well as Al Quran be banned also...?!

this is a bit provocative question, but I ask... How many attrocities have been commited on base of some Justification "borroewd" from any of those two books... ?


I doubt the words "America" or "Bomb", exist in Al Quran though...
 
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Well I've read Mein Kampf ( english translation ) and it definitely sucks... not just the plain ideology, but the whole line of reasoning is quite fallacious...

It still puzzles me though, Germans are generally intelligent and well informed peole... how could evil Adolf trick them with such low quality lies...?
Pretty soon, you will find out ... the masses are easily fooled, they were fooled once, and they will be fooled again.
 
Old 09-28-2010, 11:33 AM   #13
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yeah let's get banned Huck Finn and Harry Potter while praised be books like Hacking For Dummies or Paolo Coehlo's sexist novels that I always found kinda crappy. 8-)))
 
Old 09-28-2010, 11:35 AM   #14
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It still puzzles me though, Germans are generally intelligent and well informed peole... how could evil Adolf trick them with such low quality lies...?
Well as far as 'Heir Hitler' is concerned, he entered when Germany was in shambles and people fell right into his hands, also Hitler was right about one thing (I'm not sure the exact line so I am merely paraphrasing here), he said something along the lines of: "People will never believe the small lies, but the very big and absurd ones." That is how he essentially convinced the masses to commit horrific acts on one another.
 
Old 09-28-2010, 12:22 PM   #15
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Building on what Jeebiz said, probably the best exploration of the rise of Hitler is in The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William Shirer. No, it's not on Guternberg--I checked.

Persons who ban--and burn--books are persons who are frightened of ideas and of free thought. Censorship is a policy of every repressive regime.

I've read many other books that someone somewhere has wanted to ban, including Catcher in the Rye. Frankly, I could never figure out what the big deal was about that book. I'm from the cusp of the generation it was supposed to speak to, and it never said anything to me.
 
  


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