In an amazing tale of a world gone mad, I see (via Sean Kinsell and Jeff at Beautiful Atrocities) that San Francisco’s City Lights bookstore has banned author Oriana Fallaci.
Reason? She’s a “fascist“:

although my friend is no fan of Ward Churchill, the faux Indian and discredited professor who notoriously called 9/11 victims “little Eichmanns,” he didn’t really mind seeing piles of Churchill’s books prominently displayed on a table as he walked in.
However, it did occur to him that perhaps the long-delayed English translation of Oriana Fallaci’s new book, “The Force of Reason,” might finally be available, and that because Fallaci’s militant stance against Islamic militants offends so many people, a store committed to selling banned books would be the perfect place to buy it. So he asked a clerk if the new Fallaci book was in yet.
“No,” snapped the clerk. “We don’t carry books by fascists.”

City Lights Books is, of course, famous largely because of its association with the bohemian writers known as “Beatniks” (a term coined by San Francisco columnist Herb Caen). Preeminent among the Beats was Jack Kerouac, author of “On the Road.” A rugged individualist all his life, he resented the Culture War when it was still in its infancy:

Despite the ‘beatnik’ stereotype, Kerouac was a political conservative, especially when under the influence of his Catholic mother. As the beatniks of the 1950’s began to yield their spotlight to the hippies of the 1960’s, Jack took pleasure in standing against everything the hippies stood for. He supported the Vietnam War and became friendly with William F. Buckley.

Gee, that sounds at least as fascistic as Oriana Fallaci.
I wonder what’s going on.
I hope fascism isn’t being redefined as opposition to identity politics. Or believing in individual freedom.
Hmmm….
Not coincidentally, City Lights Bookstore is located on a street proudly renamed “Jack Kerouac Alley” in his honor:

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At the risk of engaging in counterculture revisionismism, I must ask: was it a good idea for San Francisco to rename a street in honor of a fascist?