14 August 2013

Orson Scott Card is Batshit Crazy

Orson Scott Card is in the news a lot lately because his best book has been turned into a blockbuster movie. The extra attention is shining a light on some of his more, ahh, unusual opinions. Slate has this piece; here's an excerpt:
[Card writes] Where will he [Obama] get his "national police"? The NaPo will be recruited from "young out-of-work urban men" and it will be hailed as a cure for the economic malaise of the inner cities.
In other words, Obama will put a thin veneer of training and military structure on urban gangs, and send them out to channel their violence against Obama's enemies.
Instead of doing drive-by shootings in their own neighborhoods, these young thugs will do beatings and murders of people "trying to escape" -- people who all seem to be leaders and members of groups that oppose Obama.
[Slate writes] This thoughtful detour into racism is the apotheosis of the essay; after this it gets a little mired in incoherence, with multiple assurances that it's a "experiment in fictional thinking" but "sure sounds plausible."
Uhhh, no. This nonsense doesn't even pass the most basic critical thinking. It's like Card makes stuff up for a living. (See what I did there?)

This is exactly the type of fantasy that old fat white guys play out in their head when they spend a small fortune on tactical equipment and get their guns ready for the end of the world. There will be no new national police force made of young, out-of-work urban men. (Unless you count the US Armed Forces, which is already mostly comprised of young, out-of-work men.)

In summary: Mormonism is a joke. And old white guys are getting a raw deal. They're mad as hell and not going to take it any more!

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