Women and African-American sf writers created trumpist dystopias because they were beta testing trumpism.
Kameron “Geek Feminist Revolution” Hurley notes that writers like Octavia Butler crafted stories that feel eerily prescient of our present moments with books like Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents — but not because they were fortune tellers, but because trumpism — corrupt confiscation of wealth, overbroad policing powers, discriminatory hiring practices, impunity for violent abusers — has been a daily fact of life for brown people, women and queer people.
William Gibson has described science fiction as “predicting the present” — taking parts of the future that are here but “just not evenly distributed,” and writing about them as though they would become the salient facts of life for everyone in the years to come. For the cyberpunks, that meant imagining that poor people might have the mobile computing devices and access to computer networks that only the most privileged business elites and technologists were using in the mid-1980s.
While some science fiction was giving us futures in which the tools of the elites pushed out into the wider world, writers like Butler were presenting futures in which the daily grind of racialized people, women and poor people became the daily lives of the white middle class. Butler’s best writing on the subject comes from the Clinton years, when Bill Clinton weaponized Reagan’s attacks on poor people with his crime bill and welfare “reforms,” just as neoliberal trade deals and automation were accelerating the deindustrialization of America. The precarity of Butler’s characters, going from bare middle class stability and respectibility to homelessness and a nomadic, criminalized existence was just a fictionally amplified version of the lives of millions of Americans a quarter century again, and now that their trauma is being visited on larger slices of the nation, Butler’s work takes on the aura of fortune-telling.
For the last four or five months, I’ve been in mourning for what I thought I knew about the publishing industry, about my love of writing, about those who consume the YA/Fantasy/Sci-fi genres, and about the audience I slowly realized could never be satiated in their wicked pursuit of social justice.
Taking the ‘red pill’ and coming to terms with the fact that modern day liberalism is nothing short of yesterday’s communism and fascism came with a lot of suffering. That suffering stemmed from the realization that the art form and industry I loved most had been hijacked by soft-core communists. It made me realize that I never wanted to be traditionally published. That crowd (particularly in the YA/Fantasty/Sci-fi realm) is incestuously liberal/communist. It’s hurting consumers. It’s hurting readers. It’s hurting the young adults who continue to believe that anything populist or nationalist is evil.
The worst part about this revelation was the knowledge that those in the publishing industry and those whose writing I had been admiring for years, didn’t know any of this. They still don’t. They probably never will. And worse yet, they’re actively participating in it. Trump’s victory in this U.S. election wasn’t just a victory for Republicans. It was a victory against communism. A victory against a false ‘social justice’ narrative that was intentionally designed by the Frankfurt school philosophers to start a socialist revolution dating all the way back to the 1950s. It’s now in our culture via the universities. As George Carlin once said, “this is the best we can do folks. Garbage in, garbage out.” And he was right. The universities are largely to blame.
The humanities programs in universities have completely indoctrinated the youth of America to believe that everything about Western Civilization (aka: the patriarchy) is poison. A poison that can only be treated by tearing down the foundations that the U.S. was built on. White people are a plague that can do no right and capitalism is evil because it takes opportunities away from others. People who have lived in the U.S. and benefited from it’s splendor buy into this theory and start to view everyone as being oppressed by the wickedness of white people and capitalism. In the end, everyone is made equal by means of making everyone equally poor and starving to death. The Russians know this. The Vietnamese know this. The Cambodians know this. The Cubans know this. The Chinese knows this. And now Venezuela is getting a hard lesson on the evils of “social justice” and what it really means.
But we don’t learn about communist Russia in the American humanities departments in university, do we? We don’t learn about Lenin, Mao, Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, or Kim Jong-Un. We don’t teach our young that Hilter’s Nazi party stood for National Socialist German Worker’s Party. Keyword being socialist. Instead our youth thinks that anything right wing is fascism, even though there’s countless evidence that proves Hitler was a socialist. This misinformation was no accident. They don’t want our youth realizing that socialism is evil. Or everything they’re fighting for has caused the deaths of hundreds of millions of people worldwide in the 20th century alone. Worse yet, these students in university believe that their education has given them the tools to spot the “racist” or spot the “bigot” or spot the “fascist” because only educated people can do so.
These authors who write dystopia novels while believing that they’re revealing something about the world through the evils of trumpism have been force fed the lies of social justice. I have no doubt that they will double down. We will see countless novels in the next couple of years about the evils of what happens in totalitarian or authoritarian societies from authors who don’t realize they’re apart of a movement that desires nothing less of what they most fear.
I’ll leave you with the wise words of a man taken from us too soon. Andrew Breitbart.