In 1978, Micheal Moorcock wrote an essay Starship Stormtroopers
published in Anarchist Review
which said that most popular science-fiction and fantasy is deeply Reactionary
(authoritarian conservative right-wing themes), he mocked the notion of sci-fi being a "literature of ideas". But there is some "socialist" science fiction
, China Miéville put together a list of Fifty Fantasy & Science Fiction Works That Socialists Should Read
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Wages of hate - anti-gay attitudes damage the economy
- conversely, Gay-tolerant societies prosper
. Will GOP anti-elitism and the US religious right make the U.S. a 3rd world country? Paul Craig Roberts
argues that we're on the fast track, and a Carnegie Mellon study (title link) shows that culturally repressive attitudes in America are driving away the "Creative" class. Virginia Postrel
defines this class differently (manicurists and stone cutters) but in Richard Florida's "Creative Class War
on Metafilter), "America is no long attracting creative workers from abroad because it is seen as an intolerant society"
. More than artists and programmers are shunning the US - scientists are staying away too
. In the US, meanwhile, a bifurcation - Americans are geographically self-segregating
, choosing to live with those who hold similar beliefs and values.
Did the election of Bush create an environment that would allow a violent misogynist like Eminem to become famous? Or, does Eminem's
popularity reflect how easily we are blinded by nice wrapping? This article
looks into what this kind of popularity could indicate to us about our present social conditions.
David Brock's book "Blinded by the Right
" chronicles the laundry list of illegality he took part in as a part of the conservative machine, smearing both Anita Hill and Bill Clinton during the 1990's. He claims all the ridiculous things you've heard about "vast right-wing conspiracies" were true
, and that it's time the truth come out. Is this guy for real, or blowing smoke up our collective asses?
CueCats Held Hostage!
A motley mix of left-wingers and computer geeks plans to march on the offices of the Dallas Morning News
this weekend, armed with pet carriers filled with CueCats, in order to protest what they see as pro-GOP slants in the paper's reporting. If the paper doesn't agree to their demands for more left-favorable reporting, the CueCats will be executed! Why CueCats? Because the company that owns the News
has been plugging CueCats like crazy. (second item on the page)