This Blog Kills Fascists

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In case you were living under a rock last week, let’s recap some of the big news events: Cesar Sayoc, a Trump supporter, mailed bombs to more than a dozen prominent Democrats critical of Donald Trump, individuals that Trump frequently named and labeled as enemy of the people in his campaign rallies. The week was then capped off with a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead and another nine injured. The shooter, a white supremacist named Robert Bowers, was arrested. In Kentucky, Maurice Stallard and Vickie Jones, both black, were shot to death in Kroger after their murderer, Gregory Bush, was thwarted in his attempt to enter a predominantly black church. I can only guess what his motivations for seeking entry to a black church were, or who he voted for in 2016. I can only guess, but I feel pretty sure my hunches are solid.

While these and other more recent events were swirling through the news media, several indie authors in the science fiction and post-apocalyptic/dystopian communities were posting messages on Facebook and Twitter, helping to further promote far-right conspiracy theories like PizzaGate, or that the survivors of school shootings are crisis actors, or that more journalists need to be dismembered, or that Democrats were mailing bombs to themselves as part of a false flag operation in the lead up to mid-term elections, or posting in support of Donald Trump using Executive Orders to eliminate Constitutional amendments that favor non-white immigrants or encouraging him to use the United States military to slaughter migrants across the border for what amounts to shits and giggles. Sad to say, I had read and reviewed some of these authors’ works in year’s past, some of them positively as it happens.

If you’ve been following me here or on social media for any length of time, you‘re likely aware that I am not a Trump supporter. The United States has entered a particularly dark period in the wake of the 2016 elections, with the erosion of civil rights, calls for violence against protesters by Trump himself, the construction of concentration camps along the US-Mexico border to house children forcibly separated from their parents, a sharp increase in hate crimes, the appointment of a drunken rapist to the Supreme Court, reminders that white supremacists are very fine people, and on and on and on and on. Frankly, even just keeping track of our rapid race toward authoritarianism is exhausting…

 Trump supporters. Source: Reuters (Nov. 6, 2016)

Trump supporters. Source: Reuters (Nov. 6, 2016)

The rise of Trumpism has prompted me to do a lot of soul searching and I’ve become more politically active and outspoken in the build-up to the 2016 elections and its disastrous aftermath. I do not believe that anybody of good moral fiber can continue to support Donald Trump and this administration, and I will not allow my blog to become a platform for those authors who support him and promote insane conspiracy theories about false flag operations and the like, and seek to further erode the fundamentals of our republic. I will not allow this blog to support those who support racism, bigotry, and fascism. And at this point, in 2018, I do firmly believe that supporting Donald Trump is in every respect support of racism, bigotry, and fascism. If you support Trump, you’re clearly pretty goddamn comfortable with this kind of shit, and this blog is not a home for you and never fucking will be.

Now, prior to the rise of Trump I had (albeit inadvertently) supported some of the authors who now openly and casually promote far-right radicalism simply because I did not know, at that time, of their extreme political beliefs and their contempt and hostility toward their fellow Americans or our secular Constitution. Prior to 2016, it wasn’t really very cool to openly and proudly proclaim yourself as a bigot, racist, authoritarian nutjob, and such authors were able to fly under the radar, wisely keeping their Tiki torches unlit, with reviewers and authors like myself unaware of their radicalism. They didn’t have red hats to proudly out themselves with as traitors to the USA. But, in 2018, these folks are big fans of telling us just how proudly deplorable they are, reminding us that there is no bottom to how low they are willing to sink in order to stick it to the libs, up to and including support of homegrown terrorism and assassination attempts.

When I first began to become aware of some of these authors’ political leanings in the final years of Obama’s presidency, I made the conscious decision to discontinue public support of their works. I didn’t want to spend money on authors rallying against LGBT and women’s rights and supporting politicians shouting out loud about how rape was God’s gift to women, and I was certainly in no mood to review their works. I simply stopped reading them and stopped giving them my money, the same way I won’t give Orson Scott Card my money. I had left up those reviews of their various works, though, seeing no reason to eliminate such ties simply because of what I then saw as little more than differing political views at a time when our country was making some progressive headway and I could write off such kooks as being little more than fear-mongers and crazy old white dudes living in the past. I mean, they were mostly harmless right? I could quietly ignore them, and instead of buying their books I could just send some money over to ACLU instead. I read their books until their political leanings helped me decide they no longer worthy of my financial support.

Well, things have changed a lot in only a few short years. Those authors who were merely self-identifying as conservative, and who I was then foolish enough to accept at face value, are now promoting extreme levels of intolerance in support of a far-right agenda. Or, maybe they always were and I was too naive, too stupid, too privileged to clearly see them for who they were, and, in fact, truly are. Their views are no longer something so small and simple as mere political difference. This isn’t a disagreement over the utility of taxation or whether or not we should be allowed clean drinking water. This is, at the most fundamental level, good versus evil. This blog will not support those who are, in their hearts, evil.

I’m a firm believer that people will let you know who they really are, and that you should believe them. When somebody hops online to rant about how gay marriage causes hurricanes, it’s safe to say they’re just some backward moron. When somebody is taking to Twitter to attack the survivors of a school shooting, it’s safe to say that somebody is huge sack of shit. When somebody takes to Twitter to say that Obama mailed himself a bomb and is carrying out a False Flag attack, it’s safe to say that somebody is wickedly stupid and insanely detached from reality. These are people I will not support. Ever. I regret even having shown any modicum of support for these types of authors in the past, fucking blind as I was to the intense amount of hatred and loathing they carried for my country and its citizens. Supporting authors who are now condoning the murder of high school students and politicians is, in my view, supporting atrocity. I will not abide by that, and I’ve since begun removing my reviews of their works.

I will not name the authors that I have deleted from this site, but I spent a good chunk of time over the weekend weeding out reviews for these authors books. I do not want to be seen as providing a safe quarter to such extreme individuals, or helping to promote their works. And before any useful idiots in the crowd start crying “censorship!”, well… 1. Fuck you. 2. This is my blog and I can post and delete at will.

I will not condone or support those who condone or support tyranny, treason, murder, racism, and bigotry. Full stop. By having reviews, good or bad, of their works on this blog, I felt it was helping to potentially draw awareness to their works and support their careers as authors. Given their social media habits and outspoken alt-right beliefs, supporting them means supporting the erosion of the United States and our values as a nation. I cannot in good conscious support these authors or their radical beliefs. Knowing that name searches for these individuals could point directly toward this particular blog left me feeling dirty, so I sought to correct that.

I will not name the authors impacted here, but know that I have removed a handful of reviews from this site, Goodreads, and Amazon. Know, too, that in the future I will not knowingly review or support those authors whose beliefs run entirely antithetical to the basic human rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If you’re pro-fascism, you have no place on this site. If you’re an author I have reviewed and I discover that your predilections side with terror and tyranny, I have no problem deleting those reviews and eliminating for you at least one avenue of attention. I will not aid you, and I will not support your or your work. This blog kills fascists.

Michael Patrick Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.


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