It is an accepted fact of Western Life that we all exist under a definite level of Censorship. No Western publication, in fact no world-wide Publication, will print or publish anything which is contrary or condemnatory to Islamic thought, Teaching or Beliefs. Why? Because the truth, which we all accept that if a Muslim tenet, or belief, or one of their prophets is ridiculed, even if true; will turn the killers loose upon the Publishers, the Printers or those allied to the first two groups. Charlie Hebdo printed a lampoon of Mohammed and his twisted theories, and, as a direct result of that publication; twelve died and eleven injured, by machine gun and automatic pistol fire. The world united, and all the usual bullshit erupted of ‘Solidarity’ and ‘We shall not be divided’; along with all the other liberal crap spouted by virtue-signalling idiots. They marched arm-in-arm down the Champs Elysee, and everyone felt really good about the response: and the Censorship grew ever tighter!
But we now see the first co-ordinated Censorship of an American professor with Right-Wing views, who had the extreme audacity to publish an essay entitled The Case for Colonialism, published in academic journal Third World Quarterly. Immediately, the battalions of the Left rose up and demanded that not only should the article be withdrawn, the professor should be summarily fired from his University post, and eviscerated publicly for the terrible crime of offending decent people who suffered for decades under Colonial Rule. The avalanche of criticism succeeded, the article can no longer be seen online, the professor has been muted, and all can now relax: or can we?
The publisher writes:-
This Viewpoint essay has been withdrawn at the request of the academic journal editor, and in agreement with the author of the essay. Following a number of complaints, Taylor & Francis conducted a thorough investigation into the peer review process on this article. Whilst this clearly demonstrated the essay had undergone double-blind peer review, in line with the journal’s editorial policy, the journal editor has subsequently received serious and credible threats of personal violence. These threats are linked to the publication of this essay. As the publisher, we must take this seriously. Taylor & Francis has a strong and supportive duty of care to all our academic editorial teams, and this is why we are withdrawing this essay.
The essay has been deleted. I cannot locate it at all: it seems to have also been obliterated from web-cache streams, which is most instructive, as it is usually extremely difficult to scrub everything from Web-based memory, but, there again, if the Publisher has received real threats, one can but understand that the ‘Charlie’ scenario could be easily played out again, only in America, where semi-automatics are easily available to all who qualify