Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Human rights?

  This is my contribution to blog action day 2013.

  Human rights have been a joke for a very long time, hardly more than pretty party speeches in any given modern society. The pretense has increased with all the nice words on paper, while reality has pretty much ridiculed them.
  Today’s local, national and global society is a place destroying everything making life worth living, a sham where people are brutalized and ruined from cradle to grave, a place where justice, equality and freedom are four-letter words. The nice words are hardly more than propaganda, an illusion of benevolence. We are kept in place by a thousand threads of a spider’s web, kept from rebelling against the yoke of modern life. The oppressive regime of money and power is everywhere, all over the planet. There is no country on Earth where freedom reigns.
  People will claim that the Declaration of Human Rights was something new in human life, but that just isn't so. It’s a mere pale reinvention of what was a given in the ancient tribal nomadic societies.

  Rights are not granted by law, but by nature. We are born free but grow up in chains. Laws are made by those in charge, to benefit those in charge, against those with little or nothing. We’re not even remotely close to having human rights today. We should demand far more of the world and ourselves than we do, also in this matter. We should make sure to be a part of a society we want to live in, not run away from, places where we can thrive. It’s about time we stopped following human law altogether and took back the true freedom that is our birthright.

Monday, October 14, 2013

My books have been banned by WHSmith

  My books have been banned by WHSmith. The information on the screen-dump below is what is shown when you search for Amos Keppler on their website.
  This isn't unexpected, since I knew that my books are controversial and would be controversial seen through mainstream eyes, but that doesn't make it okay, of course. If anything, the books being controversial is one more important reason to sell them and feature them. Censorship and oppression of free expression are never okay!
  If you read the beginning of their message you might get the impression that it’s only ebooks, but that clearly isn't the case, since I haven’t published ebooks yet. And if you read further that is pretty much confirmed.
  They’re also claiming that they’re only removing «hard porn», but I know for a fact that that is yet another lie. They use the opportunity to remove radical controversial content, not only mine, but quite a few others. I know, for instance of several books from other authors with no description of intercourse or even nudity at all. Some of my books do describe intercourse and the greatness of having wild and raucous sex, though. I’m sorry. I’m SO sorry, okay…
  My books and others were also removed several days before the website was taken down.
  One of my novels, The Slaves, describes in graphic detail what trafficking and modern slavery does to people. It wouldn't be surprising if they wouldn't want that to reach the public. I, for one find my descriptions pretty tame compared to the real world. Reality, as always is far worse.
  A recent European Parliament report states that there are 880 000 slave laborers, among them 270 000 victims of sexual exploitation in the EU alone.
  An underestimation.
  «… we are disgusted by these particular titles, find this unacceptable and we in no way whatsoever condone them».

  «… we have decided to take our website off-line to best protect our customers and the public. Our website will become live again once all self published eBooks have been removed and we are totally sure that there are no offending titles available. When our website goes back online it will not display any self published material until we are completely confident that inappropriate books can never be shown again».
  «The customers AND the public»? No small feat…
  Yes, I seem to be very dangerous in their eyes, and I can happily confirm that I am! Dangerous long live!
  Yes, it is amusing in a way, even though censorship and oppression of free expression are never amusing.
  What is amusing, though, is that they have sold my books for three years, that I and others have slipped past their vaunted system of censorship for a fairly long time.

  I find their attitude and «values» totally unacceptable and offensive, of course.

  I have emailed WHSmith and asked what is «wrong» with my books, asked what they object to specifically but have received no reply.