The books I want to buy for my children, books like the ones I grew up with, are no longer on the market. Children are now bombarded with a didactic, repetitive and mind-numbing wake-up call indoctrination. These books don’t even tell stories anymore. They teach children to hate themselves and their country.
Heroes of Liberty, my new children’s book company for which I am an editor, was created to provide an alternative for parents. We can’t take schools back overnight, but we can start taking back the shelves.
We decided to create a community on Facebook to share our message and market our books to like-minded parents. Parents who might be interested in healthy stories about Ronald Reagan, Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Sowell.
But Facebook decided to shut down our small business. Apparently, an illustrated biography celebrating President Reagan’s accomplishments is no longer permitted according to our Big Tech cultural overlords. They have informed us that our content is “disruptive” and have locked our advertising account, our databases, our digital assets.
They sunk our investment just like that, with a short email message. We have appealed and have been informed that the decision is final and permanent.
The best way we thought we could find and serve families who share our vision is to build a relationship. And where is the best place to build and nurture relationships in the 21st century? The largest social network in the world. We spent most of our marketing budget building communities on Facebook and Instagram.
But then, a few days before Christmas, we put the brakes on our whole plan.
Our ads were neither flashy nor exciting; one of the most popular said, “Christmas is here, and it’s a great time to celebrate with your kids. Celebrate family, celebrate freedom, celebrate America. And meet the PERFECT Celebration Pack! We have included photos of the set of books and figurines, with free delivery promises.
Your standard stuff as Christmas approaches – you see ads like this all over the internet.
Except that Facebook has decided to shut down ours. They called our ads “disruptive content” and permanently deactivated our account. With that, we were no longer allowed to advertise and our assets – our content on our page – were deactivated.
The “disruptive” part was found in comments on our posts on our books, with Facebook users objecting to our promotion of individuals they deemed worthy of cancellation. They probably flagged our content en masse, triggering Facebook censors. The same mob that demolishes statues in the real world finds the equivalent online by bringing back content that is not to their radical liking.
One comment read: “Do you know that your hero Regan illegally supported the reigns of dictators in Central America?” Another user remarked: “I am in conflict. My respect for the 1st Amendment says they should be allowed to publish this nonsense – but my sense of decency tells me to buy these books just to burn them. Maybe burn Barrett’s book twice because of harm at the cellular level.
They failed to burn our books, but they figured out how to figuratively burn a burgeoning book publisher.
We blamed Facebook for censoring the views of the Conservatives. Now it looks like he’s censoring anything that’s not awake.
Writing on Twitter about our plight, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said, “When the Conservatives launch independent publishing platforms and platforms, #BigTech companies like Facebook are now working to destroy them. This last example is particularly infuriating.
We’re not destroyed, but this move seriously compromised our ability to market our books to a community we’ve worked hard to find and cultivate – and it’s a financial setback, too. But there are some things that even Facebook can’t undo. Over the past couple of months we have found that we have an audience that has ordered tens of thousands of books and come back to tell us – in so many ways – that they are as passionate about our mission as we are. .
Banning and burning books has been a popular strategy among authoritarians for hundreds of years. Authoritarians know that controlling the written word and ideologically capturing a generation is the best way to ideologically brainwash a society. Over the past decade, we’ve seen how awakened ideologues have taken over the publishing industry and Big Tech, trying to influence a future generation of Americans with radical content.
They told us: if you don’t like it, do your own thing. Well, we did our own thing, and they tried to take us down. But we’re not leaving, and we invite you to quit Facebook, find us, join our journey, and help create an alternative to the waking culture that Big Tech is trying to force on our shelf and eventually on our children.
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