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Not the Onion: White Supremacist Sentenced to Read Literary Classics

In Britain, a judge threw the book, literally, at an alleged far-right extremist convicted of possessing a bomb instruction manual, giving him a choice between the literary classics or jail.


According to Lincolnshire police, the 21-year-old British man, Ben John, downloaded bomb-making instructions and professed Nazi sympathies.

  • Leicester Crown Court Judge Timothy Spencer on Tuesday found John guilty of possessing a record of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terror.
  • “Have you read Dickens? Austen? Start with Pride and Prejudice and Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Think about Hardy. Think about Trollope,” Spencer said.
  • John received a 24-month-sentence, suspended for two years, and will have to return to court every four months to be tested personally by Spencer on his knowledge of the canon.

Ironically, many progressives have condemned the classics, including Shakespeare, as relics of a “racist” and “misogynistic” past.

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