John C. Wright has an interesting story up about an interview he did. I do enjoy the works of Robert Heinlein, particularly [easyazon_link asin=”0441783589″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”superversivesf-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Starship Troopers[/easyazon_link]. John recognizes the stunning ingratitude of the SJW, accusing a pioneer, someone who at least in part would have largely agreed with aspects of their madness, of Racism.
I did an interview for an online magazine where I said Heinlein would not win an award from the modern World Con, because World Con had been taken over by social justice warriors who disdained Heinlein’s unique brand of ‘rational anarchism’ (which looks remarkably like what we would call libertarianism), and his attitude toward the war between the sexes — and I was astonished to read social justice warriors stoutly defending their loyalty to Heinlein, and belittling my remark.
This was not one man saying he himself was a fan of Heinlein, he merely denied that there have been loud and repeated public statements by his faction denouncing Heinlein for thoughtcrime.
Heinlein was a stinging gadfly. He wanted to startle the reader out of any complacent laziness of thought, and to question any fundamental assumptions that had not yet been questioned.
This is the mere antithesis of a social justice warrior approach. They hate questions.
Now, there is one exception that proves the rule: The socialist insists only on using skepticism to destroy the moral authority of the institutions he wishes to destroy (namely, Anglo-American Law, Greco-Roman philosophy and science, Judeochristian morals and theology, or, more briefly, the socialist wants to destroy monotheism, monogamy, marketplace).
Note that Heinlein, in his famous (or notorious) STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND, mercilessly mocked monogamy and monotheism, preaching free love and Gnosticism with an appalling innocence about the real world effects of such lifestyles and ideas.
But since he did not preach for the abolition of the marketplace and the political freedoms needed to support them, this man, who was in the forefront of introducing minority characters as heroes and heroines in science fiction (Podkayne of Mars, Juan Rico of the MI) is denounced as a racist.
The argument given by the Left is that the Arachnoids in STARSHIP TROOPERS are a ‘dog whistle’ or ‘stand-in’ for some other race, such as the Japanese, who likewise fought in tunnels during World War Two, and therefore the use of the word ‘Bugs’ is a racist slur against — uh — someone or other.