New Report Accuses Amazon of Not Doing Enough to Curb Hate Groups

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A new report, released last week by two progressive nonprofits, faults Amazon for not doing enough to stop hate groups from using its platform to sell offensive goods, including a swastika pendant and a onesie with an image of a burning cross. “Amazon,” reads the report, “enables the celebration of ideologies that promote hate and violence by allowing the sale of hate symbols and imagery on its site, including Confederate and anti-black imagery, Nazi and fascist imagery, and the newly adopted imagery of the modern white-nationalist movement.”

I’m a Jew whose family, for the most part, didn’t quite make it out of Europe. So you know what I really hate? Nazis. And like everyone who really hates Nazis, I have but one urgent question, which is what’s the best way to stop them. It’s a tough question with a simple answer, tried and true in America for decades: Let them do their thing. They want to march through Skokie? Geh gesund. They want to start book clubs devoted to the work of George Lincoln Rockwell? By all means. They want to go on Howard Stern and explain their twisted, pathetic ideology to a Jewish man and a black woman? By all means. The principle behind this approach is an an oldy but goody: It’s the idea of free speech, which, in turn, is predicated on the belief—also tried, also true—that the best defense against lunatics is to let them ramble on and to let folks judge for themselves. This idea has worked wonders for decades, and you don’t have to be a constitutional scholar to understand why some of its most ardent defenders had always been Jews.

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