I strongly recommend this piece, which my fan (Hi, Nate!) pointed out to me:
The incomparable and luminous Sarah A Hoyt remarks on the recent and unsightly kerfluffle between Mr Hines and Mr Larry Correia:
The funny thing, though, is that they are not only completely ignorant about us, and so unaware of it that the dime never drops, but that these demonization cycles seem to be coming closer and closer and get more hysterical.
The next person who disagrees with them or pokes the tiniest bit of fun at them will be declared “worse than Hitler” and they’ll call for his hanging.
I think I know why. Part of the reason the episodes are coming closer together and getting crazier is that they’re losing power and they know it. They convinced an entire generation of women that Heinlein should not be read. This was because “all the right thinking people know that.” This is breaking. There are enough blogs, and enough of us female Heinlein fans ready to tell them they’re idiots and then describe exactly in what part of their anatomy their head is lodged.
With Resnick and Malzberg the backlash was faster and louder and even a lot of their number thought (privately) that they were off their rocker. With Card, I think only the choir thinks he’s “a fascist.”
And with Larry… There is no word for this. It’s like a Chihuahua trying to hold onto a car by the back bumper. They have not only bit off more than they can chew, they’ve bit off more than they can… bite. In tactical terms it’s getting involved in a landwar in Asia or going up against a Sicilian when death is on the line.
But wait, there’s more. The other reason they’re getting crazier and crazier and trying to enforce group conformity more and more is that they are no longer in possession of the bully pulpit.
Read, as they say, the whole thing.
She also comments on a particularly tone-deaf troll attempting to establish his credentials as a conservative by claiming to be a fan of Heinlein and Orson Scott Card.
Like her, I would not describe Mr Heinlein as a conservative in any way, shape or form. He was a libertarian of the most libertarian stripe. Mr Card is a Mormon and announces support for certain teachings all Christians hold in common. Aside from that, I am unaware of his political opinions, having only read most of his books, starting with A PLANET CALLED TREASON.
Gentle readers, I am a conservative. I believe in immediate and foundational change (through lawful means) to restore the republic to her original constitution. Of course, I am referring to the Roman Republic, you young whippersnappers. This idea of granting Augustus all sorts of Consular and Tribunal powers is illegal and unsightly and nothing good will come of it, even if he is Imperator of the armed forces. And yet those Goths out of our lands! GIT OFF MY LAWN!
Just kidding. I am actually more conservative than that. I believe in immediate and foundational change to restore the world to her original constitution, which we lost after our two first unhappy parents were expelled from Eden.
But if a man is wishy-washy about overturning Griswold v. Connecticut, returning the gold standard, and repealing the popular election of Senators, I think he only counts as a semi-conservative or pseudo-conservative — just so you have a basis of comparison.
Seriously, does anyone aside from a brainless Political Correctoid think that ‘Harlot Happy’ Bob Heinlein was a conservative? If so, read STRANGER IN A STRANGE BED, his seminal work where he mocks monogamy and monotheism, or read IF THIS GOES ON.