Bookstores now only sell certain types of children’s books.
“Go to Barnes and Noble,” Bethany Mandel says in my new video, “and you’ll come across a wall of biographies. Probably 27 different books on former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Awesome. A ton on Kamala Harris. Awesome .”
But where are the biographies on the curators? There were none.
She found plenty about people like Hillary Clinton, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren and Rachel Carson, but not a single one about conservatives like Margaret Thatcher or Amy Coney Barrett.
“It’s time to get these books out there because God knows the publishing industry won’t,” Mandel says.
Enter Heroes of Liberty
So she created Heroes of Liberty, a company that will publish books about conservatives like Barrett, Ronald Reagan and Thomas Sowell.
“You indoctrinate children like the left does,” I told him.
“That’s a very fair question,” she replies. “My answer is, read the books!”
His best-selling book is his biography of Sowell, who overcame adversity to become a famous economist.
When Sowell’s family moved to New York, his new teachers put him in a lower class because they assumed he couldn’t compete. Sowell went to the principal.
“He didn’t play the victim. He defended himself,” Mandel said. “He said, ‘I’m going to prove to you that I can do math in fourth grade. ““The director actually listened and gave him a test. When Sowell passed, the principal told the teachers, “Take this young man to fourth grade, where he belongs!”
Sowell didn’t let racism or poverty stop him. He helped pay for his family’s expenses by getting jobs, such as delivering groceries.
In contrast, she says, books from major publishers today portray black people as victims who only move forward through protest. Ibrahim X. Kendi’s popular “anti-racist baby” teaches children to focus on color. “If you claim to be color blind, you are denying what is right in front of you,” Kendi writes.
Perception of “black, white or brown”, not “Lucy or Sally”
It’s “toxic,” says Mandel. “When you promote this hyper-awareness of race, kids see their friend as black, white or brown, instead of Lucy or Sally.”
Although curators make up about half the country, book publishers rarely try to appeal to them. “When they produce 27 Ruth Bader Ginsburg books or ‘Antiracist Baby’ hardback books, those are bought in bulk by libraries,” Mandel says. Libraries buy many more books than moms and dads. “(So book publishers) have this built-in incentive to produce progressive ideological books.”
It surprised me. I viewed librarians as apolitical. But no, today they are part of the progressive mafia. Ninety percent of librarians’ political donations go to Democrats.
“It’s our tax dollars buying 1,000 copies of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and zero on Amy Coney Barrett,” Mandel said.
Mandel is frustrated that “girls” children’s literature rarely focuses on motherhood. The books suggest, “You can be a NASA scientist, an entomologist, (but) girls don’t learn you can have all those career ambitions and also be a mother.” Barrett has seven children. Mandel’s book says, “For Amy, being a mother is no less important than being a judge.”
Mandel’s books are mostly about preservatives. She recently posted one on John Wayne.
I’m libertarian, not conservative, but I’m always happy that she produces alternatives to what today’s publishers choose.
Other authors also retaliate. The Tuttle Twins books feature libertarians like Frédéric Bastiat. Julie Borowski’s books teach children about the free market.
All of them had to self-publish because traditional publishers were hostile to people like them.
Even illustrators refused Mandel’s books for fear of being “cancelled”.
“We have trouble paying people several thousand dollars to illustrate books. We’re never going to print an Amy Coney Barrett book with a Scholastic (or) Penguin Random House!”
Fortunately, a free market cannot be held indefinitely.
John Stossel is the creator of Stossel TV and the author of “Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media”.