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Larry Haiven: A modest proposal for a new Halifax Libraries lending policy

KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – I have a modest proposal, which I think is almost directly analogous to the decision of Halifax Regional Libraries to deny a free venue to the Radical Imagination Project to show films critical of the police without “the other side.”

My proposal is in the same spirit as the library’s decision. The proposal goes like this:

As of immediately, a new fee of $5 is now imposed for each book borrowed from the library

The fee will be waived under the following​ conditions:

You must, at the same time, borrow a book espousing an opposite point of view. For example, say you want to borrow one of these recent books:

  • Summary of Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright, or
  • How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them by Jason Stanley

You will be given a choice of counter-books, of which you must borrow one, including:

  • Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler, or
  • The Doctrine of Fascism by Benito Mussolini and Giovanni Gentile, or
  • My Life by Oswald Mosley

Another example: you want to borrow one of these recent books:

  • Just Cool It!: The Climate Crisis and What We Can Do by David Suzuki and Ian Hanington
  • An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore

Choose among counter books including:

  • Inconvenient Facts: The Science That Al Gore Doesn’t Want You to Know by Gregory Wrightstone
  • Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud, and Deception to Keep You Misinformed by Christopher Horner

Thank you, and happy reading!

Larry Haiven is a Professor Emeritus, Department of Management, Saint Mary’s University

See also: Library’s insistence that police be invited to speak spells end of popular film and discussion series

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