Readers versed in the recent skirmishes of the Culture Wars may have heard about the Sad Puppies / Rabid Puppies campaign to win back the Hugo Awards—science-fiction’s biggest literary awards—from entrenched social justice Leftists. photog at Orion’s Cold Fire has a brief piece up, linking to a piece on The Federalist about the recent controversy.
The quick takeaway is as follows: having destroyed the Hugo Awards rather than let independent, apolitical authors get a fair shake, SJWs are now targeting a group called 20Booksto50K, an online community dedicated to getting independent authors published. It’s an organization that is entirely harmless, from what I can tell on the surface, but it’s a threat to the SJW-dominated publishing industry.
The Left is all about dominating the institutions. If they can’t control an institution, they’ll destroy it. Independent organizations are a huge threat to the Left’s Cultural Marxism, as the existence of alternatives inevitably loosens the Left’s grip on power. People aren’t allowed to have alternatives; they must accept and embrace Leftist ideology and goals, whatever they happen to be at the moment.
Not surprisingly, sci-fi writers don’t like that they can only win major awards if their stories don’t involve convoluted, high-tech battles over gender nonconformity or intergalactic diversity training.
The major figure in this field, from the little I know about it, is dissident writer Vox Day, who has created his own publishing house and distribution platform. Vox Day anticipated deplatforming from Amazon, and was prescient in creating his own means to distribute his work to fans.
The Internet was a bastion of freedom for conservatives and dissidents of all stripes. Now the tech giants are clamping down on the Right, and even the heretofore apolitical. Remember: merely being apolitical is, to the totalitarian Left, the same as being against the Left.
Like the Borg of Star Trek, all will be assimilated into the Left’s Marxist ideology.