The books I would like to buy for my children, books like the ones I grew up with, are no longer on the market. Children are now being bombarded by narcotic, repetitive and educational indoctrination. These books don’t tell stories anymore. They teach children to hate their country and themselves.
Heroes of Liberty, the new children’s book company that I edit, was created to give parents an alternative. We can’t restore schools overnight, but we can start restoring bookshelves.
We decided to build a community on Facebook to share our message and market our books to like-minded parents. Parents who may be interested are useful stories about Ronald Reagan and Supreme Court Justice Amy Connie Barrett and Thomas Sowell.
But then Facebook decided to get rid of our small business. Apparently, a pictorial biography that celebrates President Reagan’s accomplishments according to our cultural masters in big tech is no longer allowed. They have informed us that our content is “disabled” and have closed our advertising account, our data banks, and our digital assets.
They flooded our investments just that way, with a terse email. We appealed the decision and were informed that the decision is final and permanent.
The best way we thought we could find and serve families who share our vision is by building a relationship. And what better place to create and develop relationships in the twenty-first century? The largest social network in the world. We spent most of our marketing budget building communities on Facebook and Instagram.
But then, days before Christmas, we had the brakes on our entire plan.
Our ads were not flashy or sexy; One of the most popular books is “Christmas is here, and it’s the perfect time to celebrate with your kids. Celebrate the family, celebrate the freedom, celebrate America. And meet the perfect celebration package!” We’ve included pictures of the book bundle and figurines, with promises of free shipping.
Your standard stuff in the run-up to Christmas – you see ads like that online.
With the exception of Facebook decided to close our site. They deemed our ads “spam” and permanently disabled our account. In doing so, we are no longer allowed to advertise, and our assets – the content on our page – have been disabled.
The “subversive” part is found in the comments to our posts about our books, where Facebook users object to our promotion of individuals they have found worthy of cancellation. It is possible that they reported our content en masse, which led to Facebook censorship. The same mob tearing down statues in the real world finds the online equivalent of reporting content that doesn’t suit their extreme tastes.
One comment read: “Did you know that your hero Reagan illegally supported the reigns of Central American dictators?” Another user noted, “I’m in conflict. My respect for the First Amendment says they should be allowed to spread this nonsense – but my sense of decency tells me to buy these books just to burn them. I probably burned Barrett’s book twice because of evil at the cell level.”
They couldn’t burn our books, but they figured out how to metaphorically burn a thriving book publisher.
We used to criticize Facebook for censoring conservative views. Now it seems to be censoring all that is not awakened.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wrote on Twitter of our situation, “When conservatives start independent publishing outlets and platforms, #BigTech companies like Facebook are now destroying them. This last example is particularly disturbing.”
We weren’t destroyed, but this move seriously undermined our ability to market our books to a community we’ve worked so hard to find and cultivate — also a financial setback. But there are some things that Facebook can’t undo. We’ve found in the past two months that we’ve had an audience that has ordered tens of thousands of books and has come back to tell us – in many ways – that they are just as excited about our mission as we are.
Banning and burning books was a common strategy among autocrats for hundreds of years. Autocrats realize that controlling the written word and capturing an ideological generation is the best way to ideologically brainwash society. Over the past decade, we’ve seen how awakened ideologues have taken over the major publishing and technology industry, trying to influence the future generation of Americans with extremist content.
They told us: If you don’t like it, do what you want. Well, we did our own thing, and they tried to wipe us out. But we’re not going away, and we invite you to get off Facebook, find us, and join our journey and help create an alternative to the culture of mindfulness that Big Tech is trying to impose on our bookshelves and eventually our children.
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