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Contact with Libertarians.

I get email from white, libertarian fans of SF who read my work and realize my hero is black. Whenever I have a new book launch, I get emails that say the above with depressing regularity. My books are too ‘fantastic’ because they posit Caribbean people running and building starships. (This is doubly ironic b/c my last book was nominated for the Liberterian SF award for SF: The Prometheus. I’m honored to be nominated, but I will be brutally honest, when I heard I was nominated I was excited, and then I remembered that when Ragamuffin was nominated and the notice went out and libertarian SF readers read it, I got a stream of abuse and personal guarantees that I’d get my ‘ass kicked’ if said people ever met me in person at an SF con, so it just made me somewhat tired. In other news, I’ll be at Worldcon this year).
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Theo "Vox Day" Beale, having previously asserted such interesting things as

Catherine Asaro’s The Quantum Rose, which won the Best Novel award in 2002, is perhaps the most egregious example; Asaro was the SFWA President at the time,


when according to wikipedia she did not become President until 2003, shifts his cloud-shouting over to his Vox Day blog, which btw is going to make keeping a chinese wall between his Vox Day persona and secret identity as Theodore Beale pretty hard, reveals that he has not in fact read at least one of the books whose victory he denounces and then gets to what I assume was the whole point of the affair, launching his pre-doomed campaign to run for SFWA President.

Linking is not advocacy.

My gut feeling here is that once he loses, the next logical move is to set up an ideologically untainted rival to SFWA, perhaps one untainted by the oh so many groups of whom he disapproves.
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I can see no way in which this could go horribly wrong. Oh, wait

Mr Friedman is an outspoken critic of democracy. It is “ill-suited for a libertarian state”, he wrote in an essay in 2009—because it is “rigged against libertarians” (they would always lose) and inefficient. Rather than giving its citizens a voice, he argues, they should be free to exit; cities should compete for them by offering the best services.


Mr. Friedman in this this case would be Patri Friedman, "the grandson of Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman and economist Rose Friedman and son of economist and physicist David D. Friedman."

The Hondurans forgot to spray for libertarians, didn't they?
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This is more of an "everything would be worse with libertarians":

[...] I think there’s a good case to be made that taxing people to protect the Earth from an asteroid, while within Congress’s powers, is an illegitimate function of government from a moral perspective. I think it’s O.K. to violate people’s rights (e.g. through taxation) if the result is that you protect people’s rights to some greater extent (e.g. through police, courts, the military). But it’s not obvious to me that the Earth being hit by an asteroid (or, say, someone being hit by lightning or a falling tree) violates anyone’s rights; if that’s so, then I’m not sure I can justify preventing it through taxation.


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This is more of an "everything would be worse with libertarians":

[...] I think there’s a good case to be made that taxing people to protect the Earth from an asteroid, while within Congress’s powers, is an illegitimate function of government from a moral perspective. I think it’s O.K. to violate people’s rights (e.g. through taxation) if the result is that you protect people’s rights to some greater extent (e.g. through police, courts, the military). But it’s not obvious to me that the Earth being hit by an asteroid (or, say, someone being hit by lightning or a falling tree) violates anyone’s rights; if that’s so, then I’m not sure I can justify preventing it through taxation.


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A Peter Thiel essay inexplicably not titled "The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women".

Since 1920, the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women — two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians — have rendered the notion of “capitalist democracy” into an oxymoron.


In libertarian, "welfare beneficiaries" is dog whistling for another term, right?
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A Peter Thiel essay inexplicably not titled "The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women".

Since 1920, the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women — two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians — have rendered the notion of “capitalist democracy” into an oxymoron.


In libertarian, "welfare beneficiaries" is dog whistling for another term, right?

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