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by Mark Antony Rossi

Throughout the days of Soviet Russia, millions fell out of favor with the Communist Party and were deleted out of existence by removing their image from photographs and destroying proof of life documents.

Shortly after this system-wide erasure, these purged souls were either shot dead or sent to the Gulag labor camps located in the frozen tundra of Siberia. Cancellation took place. Sentences carried out to the extreme not for murder, rape, or terrorism but for thought crimes, careless whispers, and association with impure company.

America is on the eve of such persecution. Every disagreement contains a racist accusation. Cartoons are deemed rape-mongering. Plastic toys are gender-neutered. Pancake syrup guilty of Confederate aspirations. A box of rice ridiculed for minstrel-like connotations. Separate but equal now promoted as a cultural value.

When Dr. Seuss’ books are banned while allowing Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” to remain unchallenged it is a sure sign we are not taking this perverted movement serious enough. Only by writing, talking, and thinking against this massive assault on common sense do average citizens have a chance to take back the reigns of a society running amok by confusing social justice with ideological purity tests.

My hope is this book of verse and essays will give readers something to think about and maybe at times laugh about in the sincerest belief that we stand up for freedom before it is taken away right before our eyes. It happened in Russia. It happened in Germany. It happened in Cambodia. Don’t let it happen in America. Don’t let it happen in your country.

About the Author: 

Mark Antony Rossi is a poet, playwright and author of the bioethics volume “Dark Tech” now available from Amazon. His most recent plays have been produced in Liverpool and New York. He also hosts a podcast called Strength to be Human.

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