Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Micro Mention "The Ten-Cent Plague"

David Hajdu

You know, oddly enough, even though this book isn't specifically about this, but it wasn't until I read "The Ten-Cent Plague" by David Hajdu did it crystalize for me how in the '50s we went from the people who fought fascism in the '40s to become the fascists.

Primarily, "The Ten-Cent Plague" is focused on how the comic-book industry got scapegoated by moralizing, holier-than-thou types, who convinced the government to assist them in their censorship. A flagrant disregard and disdain for the very first amendment to the constitution of the United States.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Which protects the freedom of speech from the government. This is off-topic, but again, it only protects censorship from the government, not consequences from private citizens or entities. Back on topic, the so-called conservative forces like to tell us a little story about themselves, that they are and always have been the party of the constitution, law, and order. Except, if you read books like this when one of those pesky amendments, such as the first one, gets in the way back in the '50s. 

It's amazing, according to them, how it's always the artists who are corrupting the youth. It's never the manufacturers of instruments of death—be they weapons or be they poison destroying the environment. People go on like the GOP has suddenly gone crazy with Trump-ism, but they have always been this way ever since WW2. With their power at its zenith, they blackballed anyone back then left of center—to fight communism, of course, which leads in a straight line all the way to today. They talk about how much they respect the police right up until they get in the way on the steps to the Capitol. Then it's apparently OK to beat them to death because, after all, we need to stop the non-existent cult in Hollyweird because it's always the artists' fault.

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