Tuesday, April 07, 2015

The peasants are revolting!

The vast majority of science fiction fans, writers and editors are decent people, but there’s cadre of snobs and elitists that has coalesced in the past 20 years and they have meticulously, one by one, insulted, mistreated and disrespected thousands of other writers and fans.

One thing the elites in literary science fiction should learn from the Sad Puppies effort to democratize the Hugo nominations is that “Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate.”

I’m a first generation American; both my parents fled the ruins of the Second World War in Europe to start new lives in the U.S. I was the first member of my family to speak English, complete my education, and attend college. There were times when I was growing up when there was no food on the table. My parents were mocked for their foreign ways and their accents.

I’ve become accustomed over the years to being treated like crap by snobs and the children of privilege. I attended an Ivy League university; I know the type. Privilege can come from money, birth, and – in a development that has embittered so many Americans – government preferences.

It’s hard for people outside the U.S. to understand how badly our cultural elites were intentionally subverted during the Cold War by the Soviet Union. Most Americans are Christian, patriotic, and believe in a European-derived civilization.

The children of the elites are not, and do not believe in these values. They think Christians are either bigots or stupid or both, America is evil, and European-based civilization is all that’s wrong with the world.

It’s their cultural heritage, the product of social inbreeding, intolerance, and ignorance. That ignorance has led them to ultimately treat anyone who does not fit into their tight little pigeonholes as second-class citizens.

If you spiritually impoverish a people, you increase the peasant class, and then run the risk that some day the peasants will revolt. That’s what the Sad Puppies effort is, a peasants’ revolt of science fiction fans, writers and readers.

The sneering clique of science fiction opinion leaders seem to be a clueless as the French aristocracy were before the guillotine blade dropped. They never knew what hit them.

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