Fascism=Woke: Another Three Literary Classics On Cancel Culture Chopping Block

Written By BlabberBuzz | Tuesday, 25 January 2022 08:30
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In 1933, the Nazi Party came into power in Germany, and over the span of four years, they recreated rules about what people were allowed to say, read and even think using the 'better for public good' argument. In 2022, many universities are alarmingly following the same path. Yesterday, we wrote about the insanity of the University of Washington, today, we focus on a British University.

The University of Northampton in Orwell's own England has issued a trigger warning on the book 1984, written by George Orwell in 1949, about the horrors of censorship and the threat of authoritarianism. The University's staff claimed that the book includes "explicit material" and that some students may find the work to be "offensive and unsettling."

The Daily Mail discovered this via a Freedom of Information request, and 1984 is one of many books that have been stamped with a warning for students at the University who are learning what's called Identity Under Construction. This course of study comes with a notice to students that it "addresses challenging issues related to violence, gender, sexuality, class, race, abuses, sexual abuse, political ideas, and offensive language," The Mail reports.

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Other books considered to be "offensive" include Samuel Beckett's groundbreaking and brilliant play Endgame, V for Vendetta by Alan Moore, and David Lloyd and Jeanette Winterson's Sexing the Cherry. Sally Rooney's Normal People has also been flagged, and Mark Haddon's 2003 novel The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time has been labeled as including the "death of an animal, ableism and disability and offensive language."

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The irony of censoring perhaps the world's most iconic book about the horrors of censorship was not missed by Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, who said: "There's a certain irony that students are now being issued trigger warnings before reading Nineteen Eighty-Four. Our university campuses are fast becoming dystopian Big Brother zones where Newspeak is practiced to diminish the range of intellectual thought and cancel speakers who don't conform to it.

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"Too many of us – and nowhere is it more evident than our universities," he went on, "have freely given up our rights to instead conform to a homogenized society governed by a liberal elite "protecting" us from ideas that they believe are too extreme for our sensibilities."

While Northampton only became a full University in 2005, and is ranked near the bottom of the UK's 121 universities, at 101, the censorship and flagging of 1984 and other works could have a chilling effect.

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"While it is not university policy," a spokesperson said, "we may warn students of content in relation to violence, sexual violence, domestic abuse and suicide. In these circumstances we explain to applicants as part of the recruitment process that their course will include some challenging texts. This is reinforced by tutors as they progress through their program of studies.



"We are aware some texts might be challenging for some students," the spokesperson went on to say, "and have accounted for this when developing our courses."

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