Advertisement banned by The American Conservative magazine
Advertisements for Michael Hoffman's book Usury in Christendom: The Mortal Sin that Was and Now is Not are banned from the pages of The American Conservative magazine. Advertising director Ronald Burr informed Independent History and Research on May 15 that The American Conservative will not accept an ad for the book. No reason was given. (1710 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20036. Tel. 202-955-3600. firstname.lastname@example.org)
One wonders how the comparatively small American Conservative magazine hopes to attract the blessing of Providence and gain a wider audience when it is so timid? Usury in Christendom is just what its title indicates, an exposé of the heretofore neglected subject of gentile usurers, not Judaic ones (since so much has already been written about the latter to the exclusion of any investigation of the former). Ergo, our “offense” cannot lie in the content of the book, but in the maligned reputation of its author, who is routinely libeled as an “antisemite holocaust denier.” Why would a national publication risk the howls of a slew of Zionist enforcers by running an advertisement for a new study of the Money Power, penned by a pariah? The debacle is doubly dismal in that the magazine’s editor, Ron Unz, is an otherwise sage wordsmith who usually has something of value to say. Of the prevalence of fraud in American society, Mr. Unz opines: “Credibility is a capital asset, which may take years to accumulate but can be squandered in an instant; and the events of the last dozen years should have bankrupted any faith we have in our government or media.”
It's hard to square his assessment of “government or media” with what we know is his magazine’s policy of blocking advertisements for books by stigmatized revisionist researchers. Yes, Mr. Unz, credibility is a capital asset and it can indeed be squandered, with just a single ban on a book.
Since November we have mailed approximately fifty review copies of Usury in Christendom to history magazines, literary journals, university professors, theology associations, Protestant ministers and Catholic priests, both in the U.S. and overseas. We continue to hope and pray that one or more of these will take notice of the book in their respective publications, institutions and churches.