As we know, the right hates books and knowledge and will do anything to ban them. A recent example comes to us from Venice, the Most Serene republic, sinking into the mire and faced with utter destruction in a country whose birthrate of under 1.4 children per woman makes it a dying country, while the population of Venice itself has declined by over 60% since 1950 and its own birth rate is half the death rate. In light of these civilizational existential crises, the New York Times has a cause: the Mayor of Venice has decided to ban some books targeted at children under age 8. The Times asks if the following are “seditious:” the story of the male dog who aspired to be a ballerina. The one about the little boy who wanted to be a princess, and a princess who wanted to be a soccer player. The tale of the penguin egg hatched and adopted by two male penguins
When a society is literally not replacing itself, with a rate of 2 deaths for every birth, then normalizing the idea that lifestyles that do not propagate that society ought to be pursued could be a form of sedition, sure. The mayor originally banned a slew of books, but has since backed off to banning only two: The two banned books touch on same-sex families living happily ever after. It only inflamed matters further when some national news outlets dismissively referred to the titles as “gay fairy tales.”
Gay fairy tales? Hmmm… Italians and the turn of a phrase, doing it since Dante.
For some, Venice’s book ban was the latest example of an Italy still struggling to transform itself into an increasingly multicultural and multifaceted society.
Gee, why would the land of Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, Monteverdi, Verdi, Rossini, I’m running out of strength before names here… why would that land even WANT to “transform itself” into some deracinated multicultural stew? Better, indeed, to return its focus to regional power bases, with an independent Venice, Milan, Genoa, Naples, engaging in TRUE diversity instead of the bureaucratic blandness of a centralized empire? A Venice ruled from Venice would NEVER have allowed itself to become so decrepit that people need to move out of the first floor of their houses because of flooding; what barbarians hordes could not destroy, the modern State has undone.
Of course, the Italian approach to homosexuality is facing opprobrium from the EU: Last month, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, ruled that Italy’s lack of legal recognition of same-sex couples was a human rights violation.
Assume the position, Italy. Or, dump the EU, dump the commissars, and return to the land about which Orson Welles quipped in The Third Man: “in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”
And if you REALLY want to ban books, do it like the Left does.