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Why the Left Hates Competence

It has been pointed out by people smarter than me that the country – or perhaps the world – is in the middle of a “revolt of the normals.”

Not just Trump’s election, no, but multiple and convulsive episodes where the cold cultural wars are heating up like Cuba in the early sixties: never fully going hot but having both sides pull off shows of force to warn the other to back off. There are a lot of them, and most are too small for me to even know about because I’m not part of the hobby.

I had friends involved in GamerGate and I was involved in the very minor (because the field is tiny) cultural skirmish called Sad Puppies. (Everything you see about that on Wikipedia is wrong, by the way.)

Neither of these was in any way political and both represented the revolt of the rank and file against entrenched elites (those with enough money to corrupt gaming journalism, and those controlling the Hugo through mass-buys of voting memberships by a publishing house). In both cases, the rank and file objected not even to the political favoritism of these elites, but to the quality of the things lauded and the superior quality (i.e., things the fans actually liked) of things ignored.

In both cases, when threatened, the elite went from zero to 100 in accusing the revolt of being “racist, sexist, and homophobic,” which, in the case of Sad Puppies, was utterly laughable based on the identities of the principals and the secondary circle of supporters.

But proving the elite is elite and controls the media, the slanders were spread by the media and even picked up by a major TV show. "Law and Order SVU's" slanderous episode against GamerGate made a bunch of geeks out to be ISIS or something and used their super mind-reading powers to divine that what these people really objected to was women writing games. Just as I am supposed to object to women and minorities being involved in SF/F.

Added to these skirmishes are a thousand episodes of heroic but individual revolts that most of us never hear about.

Yesterday I came across the report about the founder of SQLite who, when forced to adopt a code of conduct, adopted the rule of Saint Benedict. That’s troll level master, and yes, the left is throwing everything they have at him. I wanted to send him a thank you note.

What unites all of these is indeed best described as “the revolt of normals," which is where the left gets the idea that we’re “racist, sexist, homophobic” because, well, you know, that’s what “normal” or, in other words, “society” is in their heads.

But the truly bizarre thing is that the left has got so far off track, so disconnected from reality that people like me and geek gamers now count as “normal.” And to make this absolutely clear, I used to be able to pick out people who were uber fans or writers of science fiction from a crowd going solely by their affect. At one time my husband and I identified a science fiction fan by that alone at a restaurant, and I confirmed it (couth, me?) by going over and introducing myself.