Industrialists Then, Industrialists Now

1867

The industrial bourgeoisie foamed with sullen rage at the denunciations of the factory system by the landed aristocracy, at the pretended sympathy with the woes of the factory operatives, of those utterly corrupt, heartless, and genteel loafers, and at their “diplomatic zeal” for factory legislation.

–Karl Marx, Capital (Vol. I)

2019

Neal Stephenson made the point about the vast gulf between SF (speculative fiction (sci-fi, fantasy,etc.) and literary writers. The distinction he drew was that even though often the subject matter overlapped Margaret Atwood and other literary writers write about near future dystopias and mad scientists producing new technologies while Stephenson wrote an entire series about the philosophical movements of the 1600s. But Stephenson draws his income from actual book sales while “literary writers” draw their income from teaching posts and endowments and institutional patronage. And the different values inherent in works reflect that.

But whereas Stephenson lets it go with a OK some writers has a career path like Dante (patronage) and some have a career path like Dickens (popular sales), the New Right draws a different conclusion:

the Patronage writers are utterly corrupt. Their funding entirely comes from either tax dollars or the corrupt buying political influence ( ie. tax dollars with extra steps), their work is utterly worthless being unable to withstand any market test, their values are corrupted by their funding apparatus preferring wishy subjective postmodern political takes because any hard or hot take on politics or anything remotely political would upset their patronage, and their values and control over the education apparatus is an IQ shredder diverting the most promising creative minds into pointless academic status games. How many Shakespeares, Dumas, and Heinleins have we lost to the postmodern academic industrial complex.

There is only one solution! SF writers need to drive their Mechs into Harvard Yard drag out the literary writers and toss them in the sarlacc pit. And furthermore we are of the opinion that the New York Times Review of Books must be destroyed!

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