November 12, 2013

The Tyranny of Belief

Once again, the politically volatile name of Orson Scott Card has surfaced, now because his popular story, Ender's Game, has been turned into a film and is currently in theatres. As we've shown here previously, Card's story for Superman was put on hiatus due to controversy. Oh, "what controversy" you ask? If you didn't already know, Card does not believe in gay marriage. Some argue that his beliefs aren't the issue, but his actions as a member of the National Organization for Marriage.

Ace details a former colleague of Card's who now detests him for his beliefs (which this associate claims never to have known), and urges everyone to shun him. We've shown how various comicbook creators have ostracized Card, so much so that the artist with whom Card was to work on Superman quit over the whole imbroglio (and helped shelve the story, at least for the nonce). You can be the judge about Card's words and actions, about whether they're detestable enough for you not to support his creative work. But keep in mind, Card is not getting any cash from the film version of Ender's Game, (he had already sold the rights to the story) so any boycott you favor will only really end up hurting the cinema owners and their employees for the most part.

Don't misunderstand me -- I'm in favor of keeping your cash in pocket if you don't believe in/agree with something or somebody. Creator Ron Marz is at least (supposedly) consistent on this (though his desire for civil conversation online is laughably inconsistent). If writers like Marz, Mark Waid and Gail Simone are vehemently opposed to Card's work being published or used, then they should not complain if someone eventually does the same to them. (To be fiar, Waid, for one, has stated online that he understands exactly that.)

But the overall issue surrounding Card and his beliefs is who determines just what is "controversial" ... or "hateful," and it's here that the Left, as with many other aspects of popular culture, has the upper hand. Like the every-day main page of Philly.com, for example, the mainstream media by what it covers (or doesn't cover) helps to determine for us what we should get uptight and concerned about. Like, Orson Scott Card's "homophobia," for instance. It's all the usual "phobias" and "-isms" with the MSM, and all directed overwhelmingly at conservatives and Republicans. Just recall when the Tea Party supposedly uttered racial epithets at members of the Congressional Black Caucus -- despite absolutely no evidence. Every conceivable "racial" angle is considered when a criticism is hurled towards President Obama. Sarah Palin and others using "target" language are to blame for a US representative getting shot ... but Democrats using precisely the same figurative lingo are blameless. Chick Fil-A restaurants and Barilla Pasta are evil incarnate because their owners are against gay marriage ... even though said owners harbor absolutely no ill will towards gay Americans. Recently, just querying whether Marvel's newest superhero, a Muslim female named Ms. Marvel, will ask hard questions about her faith gets one branded a "bigot" and a "hater." (I mean, it's not as if Marvel and comics in general have a history of political correctness and disdain for conservatives now, right?) College "progressives" (and the supporting faculty) continue to "honor" free speech by shouting down anyone with whom they disagree, and liberal groups like the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund call it "chilling" for free speech that some private publishing companies might object to putting out radical anti-war comics.

As I've noted here and at various comics-related sites, unlike what some say, it's conservative/Republican Americans who're "the enemy" of contemporary "progressivism." Astonishingly, it is actually debatable that radical extremist Islamist organizations get treated better by our current administration than does the GOP. Way too many contemporary libs fall prey to the "False-Consensus Effect;" that is, the "tendency for people to assume that their own opinions, beliefs, preferences, values and habits are 'normal' and that others also think the same way that they do." Thus, conservatives'/Republicans' beliefs and values aren't just alien, they're actually evil in certain cases.

So, then, Hube ... what do we do? The answer is quite simple: Don't cede anything. Keep fighting. Respectfully when possible, but nastily if we must (meaning, when we are so treated). We know we're not some misanthropomorphic miscreants; in fact, a majority of Americans share our values on any number of topics today. Don't be bullied into submission; part of the reason "progressives" are so ridiculously hostile in the current era is because of the Internet -- everyday folks who're right-of-center now have a voice ... and use it. Comicbook creators used to be able to laugh at and mock snail-mailed letters which were critical of them; now, blogs like Colossus [remarkably] piss them off when they challenge these writers. Not to mention, the "progressive" monopoly of the MSM is (has been) in jeopardy thanks to the meteoric rise of outlets like Fox News and the continuing popularity of talk radio.

Remember: Being a conservative and/or libertarian is tough. You actually have to think about issues and topics to formulate ideas and questions. Being a "progressive" is easy -- you just say "yes" to everything.

Posted by Hube at November 12, 2013 04:25 PM | TrackBack

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Progressives view conservatives and/or libertarians as their mortal enemies. I swear they spend more time demonizing their fellow Americans for merely having different beliefs than anything else. I have yet to hear one liberal feminist speak out against the lack of women's rights in the Muslim world, for example, because they're too busy bringing up the fictitious "War on Women" here in the U.S.

I used to know a progressive in high school and for a short time afterwards on Facebook who would frequently attack me for daring to express views other than his. He never directly threatened me, in real life or elsewhere, but had a habit of telling me that conservatives such as myself were a "dying breed" and that if I didn't accept hope'n'change "you'll be crushed under its wheels." I removed him after he made a derogatory sexual comment about my sister, whom I don't get along with, but such comments are unacceptable, regardless of my estrangement from my sister.

Not surprising that Marz and his monolithlic minions would call you a "bigot." Anyone who disagrees with progressives is automatically labelled a "bigot/homophobe/racist/sexist," no questions asked.

Posted by: Carl at November 12, 2013 04:32 PM

The MSM really affects the LIVs, one always has to remember. My sister -- who is TOTALLY apolitical -- posted on FB against Rush LImbaugh when the whole Sandra Fluke nonsense was a thing. Once I educated her, she was like "Oh wow, I never knew that!!"

Posted by: Hube at November 12, 2013 07:00 PM

I feel like I should get co-author credit on this post.

Nah, j/k Hube. However, I think you'll also want to add this source:
http://www.comicsprofessor.com/2011/01/should-superheroes-take-political-positions.html

Posted by: Nate Winchester at November 13, 2013 10:00 AM

In relation to the article that Nate posted, the best of the 0'Neil/Adams Green Lantern/Green Arrow stories is the one that everyone cites: Snowbirds Don't Fly, where GA discovers that his sidekick Speedy is a heroin junkie. They aren't bad stories overall, but O'Neil really hit over the head with his liberal politics (espoused through Green Arrow) and Hal Jordan sometimes came off as little more than a straw man caricature of conservatives.

If today's comics aren't going to show a little balance when it comes to politics, and actually show conservatives in a positive matter, they shouldn't bother at all.

Posted by: Carl at November 13, 2013 05:24 PM

It's basically like you once said, Hube: blogs are the bane of modern comics creators. They're all for free speech... unless someone disagrees with them.

I think blogs and the alternative media have evened things out considerably. Back when the only option was sending dissenting letters to the letter pages, they had control and mocked those who disagreed with them. Now the ordinary Joes and Janes have control. You still got mocked by the comic creators when you challenge them, but at the same time, you can draw in people to your blog who feel the same way as you do about the bad direction contemporary comics have taken over the past 15-20 years.

Posted by: Carl at November 14, 2013 02:57 PM

Amen, Carl.

Posted by: Hube at November 14, 2013 03:29 PM

If it wasn't for his religious and economic beliefs, Card probably would've faded away into the background with nary a protest.

Posted by: D09 at October 31, 2015 09:32 PM

If and when conservatism comes back into vogue in the comic magazine business, will it be the better man and try to tell balanced stories, or will it engage in the same style of writing liberalism uses, only with a right-wing bent?

Posted by: D09 at October 31, 2015 09:36 PM

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