There’s no escaping the fact that oppressors are evil. When faced with this notion some progressives might try to evade this fact for reasons I might detail later, but really, our human minds think in simple terms. If you oppress others, you’re an evil bastard. Oppression personified is a tyrant ruling over people with an iron fist, entertained by their needless suffering. It’s not often that we think of oppressors as a merry bunch of nice people inviting others for a picnic.
So when the soldiers of identity politics talk about minorities being oppressed (even though there are no laws stacked against them), gullible people will feel a subconscious antipathy towards the designated oppressors. The larger the oppressor group, the less likely that these honest dupes will directly hate all of them; they will just have a quiet resentment seated at the back of their minds waiting to jump forward at the first sign of real or imagined slights. You can see this all around when seemingly normal people become lunatics frothing at the mouth organizing hate campaigns against someone wearing the wrong shirt, writing the wrong story or telling the wrong joke. (No, I will not link to Taylor, Whedon or Hunt, you already know what I’m talking about.)
There are 3 distinct minority movements under the umbrella of progressivism, with different ideas about who the oppressors are. Feminists say it’s men, the civil rights crowd says it’s whites, the LGBT community insists it’s hetero, cis-gendered people. When any of them attacked their oppressors in the past, they have hit the wall built by the other two progressive groups: white feminists saying men are evil were scolded by the civil rights movement because saying anything bad about blacks is racism; the LGBT folks intervened claiming feminists can’t say anything bad about homosexuals or transsexuals either. Thus intersectionality was invented. After a couple of rounds of this silly game they realized that the group of oppressors each of them can target is pretty small; after all the minorities were taken out of the picture the remaining “majority” was that of cis-gendered, heterosexual white males. This is the group all progressives can hate without repercussions, because nobody will come to defend them and they can’t defend themselves since they are the oppressors. Whatever oppressors say is automatically discarded because oppression: loop closed, case closed. White men are evil, and the only ones who could disprove this are white men, whose words don’t count.
Enthusiastic progressives (also known as the warriors of social justice) fight simultaneously against all forms of oppression – which means they fight with tripled anger against the only acceptable target: straight white men. They hate oppression, so they hate oppressors, and in their eyes heterosexual white males are responsible for every oppression in the world.
What does this have to do with the sci-fi award of ever-declining prestige, the Hugo? The social justice bullies claim it was attacked by nazis! No, I’m not kidding. This supposed ‘right wing attack’ and the progressive cry for help pretty much directly proves that the Hugo already was (and still is) under the influence of progressives. If it were controlled by evil white men, why on earth would they attack it now? Problem is, progressives always argue from the position of victimhood, meaning they can never admit to being in the position of power, so even though they have near-total control over the Hugo, they must claim they don’t.
They say conservative writers receive the Hugo only so rarely because – judged strictly on merit and literary criteria – conservative sci-fi is bad. What are these literary criteria, you ask? The race, sex, and sexuality of the author, of course, plus the ideological dynamics in the book under the magnifying glass. In short, everything is decided by the book’s relation to straight white males. If it’s neutral, or, god forbid, favorable towards this evil demographic, the book is bad. It’s not good literature, it’s not good science fiction. It’s the work of oppressors! And people enjoying these books must be evil as well, because no decent human being could or should enjoy a book that’s not about the evilness of hetero white men. Readers loving books that aren’t about the oppression of women are sexists; people enjoying books that aren’t about the oppression of non-whites are racists; fans consuming books that aren’t about the oppression of LGBT people are some kind of phobes… You get the idea.
To summarize: if you think sci-fi means a fun combination of science and fiction, you’re a racist, sexist, homophobe, neo-nazi scumbag and you should probably die. People who aren’t shit like you prefer sci-fi like this Hugo-winning piece of perfection: If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love – a beautiful tale of hetero white men racistly and homophobically attacking a non-white individual with pool cues in a bar, beating him to a bloody coma for no other reason than them being typical, run-of-the-mill hetero white men. (Don’t ask where’s the sci-fi in that, that’s irrelevant.)
They say conservative sci-fi is bad because it doesn’t convey progressive values. This admission is self-defeating as it proves the ulterior political motive it tries to deny, but hey, let’s not hang up on such minute details. We all know the only good sci-fi is social justice sci-fi – that’s just the way things are and this in no way means that the social justice bullies have taken control over the Hugo. It’s them evil white men who attacked the completely neutral Hugo absolutely unprovoked!
So there’s this progressive crowd projecting all the world’s evil onto straight white men. They offer only one way for these evil fuckers to redeem themselves: join the group. If you officially join us, they say, we will not harass you (until you do something that bothers any other member of the club). And here we arrive at the case of George R. R. Martin, who is seemingly the go-to authority about the nazi attack on the Hugo.
Dear George, grow a spine.
You and I both know that none of the puppies are neo-nazis. It’s a laughable accusation leveled by totalitarian-minded people who can’t suffer anyone disagreeing with them on moral questions. They are so pure their enemies must all be totally evil, right? Isn’t this something you fight against in your books, this black & white morality that infested 20th century fantasy so thoroughly?
You and I both know perfectly well that the puppies have amongst their ranks women, non-whites and every possible gender/sexuality combination. They are not against these people, they are these people, just as much as you guys are. And it’s not them rummaging through authors’ underwear to determine if their books are good. It’s not them turning to the spectrometer aimed at writers to determine what to think about their work. It’s not them calling books “bad-to-reprehensible” without reading a word of them, based solely on the authors’ political views. It’s not them thinking the sci-fi community should be reduced to a certain set of people, with the wrongfans kicked to the curb.
It’s you guys.
It pains me that you’re immune to the realization that you are the intolerant, bigoted hacks you warned society about. You want to “purify” science fiction, you think the value of a book is between the legs of the author, you care about the color of a writer’s skin. You’re practically obsessed with these things and couldn’t care less about actual science fiction.
No, yeah, not you personally. You’re just a part of this machine, and your uneasiness is palpable. You’re trying to navigate these waters the best you can, but that is only good enough for cowardly copouts like this:
“Are these the neo-Nazis and rightwing reactionaries we have been warned of? The truth is … no one knows”.
Why George, there are people who know. And I guess you’re one of them. You just can’t say so because it’s not in your interest – the progressive crowd might attack you! Again! But this kind of weaselry tarnishes your reputation, as respectable people would defend others from grave, unsubstantiated, outlandish accusations. Eric Flint had the spine to do it, because he’s a man of principles. You are, it seems, a man of interests.
These false accusations are serious, foul, and indefensible. If you have a molecule of decency left circulating in your veins you don’t go around accusing people of naziism just because they like their science fiction free from thoroughly politicized ‘social justice’.
So here we are. Progressives want to deny their influence over the Hugo so badly they resort to calling non-progressives nazis. They have no other cards left. If this fails, just like all the previous methods, they will be naked. If it’s not radicals “attacking” the Hugo but decent everyday people, then it’s radicals “defending” it. After this line has been crossed, admitting that John C. Wright or Larry Correia are not neo-nazis is an indirect confession that Irene Gallo kinda’ is. She’s the kind of person who thinks it’s fine and dandy to smear and slander, to demonize and denigrate people she doesn’t like, because anyone disagreeing with her is evil and deserves it. Ruining reputations and hurting careers is okay, since any and all differing opinions are literally naziism. Why wouldn’t she call her enemies nazis? If the only way to hurt them is to lie outrageously, so be it. Who cares?
There are some who care, actually: people with a sense of justice – not the social kind, the traditional one.