I am not calling for a ban…BUT…British MP Thomas Docherty calls for the banning of Hitler’s book, Mein Kampf

Posted: 27 January, 2015 in Book Censorship
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Mein Kampf Adolf Hitler The Scottish Labour MP Thomas Docherty has written to the British culture secretary inferring that Adolf Hitler’s book, MeinKampfshould be banned.He is calling for a national debate on whether the sale of the book should be banned in the UK.

Docherty has written to culture secretary Sajid Javid about the text, pointing out that it is currently rated as an Amazon bestseller . An edition of Mein Kampf is currently in fifth place on Amazon’s history of Germany chart, in fourth place in its history references chart, and in 665th place overall. He wrote:

I think that there is a compelling case for a national debate on whether there should be limits on the freedom of expression.

And of course the inevitable ‘…BUT…’ He said i n his letter there are:

Many who would argue that the publication of books as repulsive as Mein Kampf is the price of living in a democracy, and that by allowing academic study of books such as this, we ensure that our society understands better the causes of fascism and the origins of Nazism.

…But…

there are also many who would argue that such a book, which sought to incite racial hatred and fuel antisemitism, is too offensive to be made available.

And of course he doesn’t want to be as vulgar as actually calling for a ban, he would much rather find somebody else to utter those words:

I’m not saying it should be banned, I am saying we should absolutely have a debate about whether or not it should be banned,

Could you have for argument’s sake a system of academic licensing, a system in which institutes of learning were permitted to publish and teach it? Let’s have the debate. Let’s ask, in the 21st century, are there limits to free speech?

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