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It's Worse Again

Trump boots top officials (including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs) — but includes Steve Bannon — in reshuffled National Security Council http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/trump-boots-top-officials-but-includes-steve-bannon-in-reshuffled-national-security-council/ The former Goldman Sachs executive presided over the expansion of Breitbart from a fringe right-wing web community to a sprawling hub of the so-called “alt-right,” a collection of white nationalists, racists, anti-feminists and neo-Nazis.

I posted this in a comment on Facebook:

We should have known this was possible from the rise of the gamergaters, and the Sad/Rabid Puppies. Those both have their roots in white supremacist/Nazi movements, no matter what they say. (And a lot of their members are open Nazi ("alt-right") supporters.) Their grievance is basically that women, POC, LGBTQIA people want to participate in games, in SF/F fandom and the SF/F and gaming professional communities and they want to reserve all of that for straight white men.

Keep that in mind when the Sad Puppies whine at you at the next convention. Remember these are people who benefit directly from Nazism and are perfectly happy with that.

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The SFF community is ahead of the curve for dealing with the "altright" because we've been fighting them for several years now. Whenever someone says "Breitbart isn't ____________" I just want to shake them because they don't know about the death threats and lewd comments and general creepiness and entitled behavior of the gamergates/puppies.

In my mind I've wondered if there's a parallel with the early 20th century eugenicists here, who didn't see what they believed in as detrimental....until WWII rolled around and they learned first hand what the end game truly was. Many of them changed their tune then (although, sadly, not all.) I can hope that some of the more reasonable end of that crowd is now rethinking their allegiances.

Edited at 2017-01-30 11:54 am (UTC)

Yes, and it's been very frustrating to see people who aren't involved in the community laugh it off, as if it's only about awards. The awards were only the excuse for the threats and abuse.

I hope you're right, and maybe some of the fringe members will catch a clue, but I think most of them will just double down rather than admit they were wrong. We know trying to reason with them is completely useless.

Well, you're right in that what we're seeing is a lot of doubling down...

I've been listening to a biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the parallels I'm seeing are terrifying. I don't know what we're going to have left of our country in a few years.

It's horrible and I'm really scared, too.

The great Turnip Top is also reminiscent of the Romanovs -totally privileged and encased in the bubble of the totally clueless.

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