Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The state of the Tor boycott (and SJW's)
I guess it's time to post an update on what's been happening with regard to the Tor boycott.
I had the opportunity to discuss the situation at considerable length with a large number of people at LibertyCon over the weekend. (I was humbled by the number who thanked me for speaking up about the situation at Tor. It's nice to know I'm far from alone in my anger.) It seems there's very positive support for the boycott from the majority of those with whom I spoke. I'd say it's certain that we're on track to cost Tor a six-figure sum this year, and probably that will continue for the foreseeable future. That may not seem like a lot to some; but six figures a year taken off Tor's turnover, merely because they would not apologize for actions taken in their name by their personnel using company time and computer facilities, seems like a fitting punishment. I wonder whether the company will still be as sanguine about it when the loss of turnover reaches seven figures?
SJW's continue to be as fanatical as ever in trying to brand various Puppy factions as racist, extremist, and any other -ist they can think of. They're still trying to identify 'leaders' of the Sad Puppy faction and draw them out, so that they can demonize them as individuals. Unfortunately for them, there are no particular SP leaders behind the boycott. It's a genuine mass movement. (A few of them have tried to demonize me in that way, but it hasn't worked, for two reasons. One is that they've already dismissed me - rudely - as a nobody, not worthy of their attention . . . which makes it difficult for them to build me up into some kind of a bogeyman. The other is that I truly am small fry, as I've pointed out before. I'm merely an individual who, because of my personal background and history, was more offended than many others by Irene Gallo's intemperate and untrue remarks; and I therefore spoke out, loudly, about the situation. Others have chosen to pick up that ball and run with it.)
The SJW's also appear to be trying to conflate the Tor boycott with the Hugo Awards controversy. Please recall that I didn't call for a boycott of Tor because of anything to do with the Hugo Awards. I did so because of the lies and unconscionable actions of a number of senior Tor staff. It looks to me as if the loony left is grasping at straws here. Vox Day, who as organizer of the Rabid Puppies is the SJW's favorite demon, has done a great job cataloging their manic efforts to further polarize and inflame the situation. I know that some people regard him as all sorts of nasty things because of various incidents in the past, but I don't know anything about those. I've only had dealings with him since this situation blew up. In that context, I have nothing but praise for his openness, honesty and willingness to co-operate.
Just this morning Vox pointed out how SJW hysteria has reached a crescendo. Go read his article for yourself. You'll find it illuminating. He also references Daniel Greenfield's latest article, which is most certainly applicable to a great many SJW's. Read that too.
The very fact that the Puppies factions don't see any need to go on and on and on about the Hugos or the Tor boycott, whereas the SJW's seem unwilling or unable to talk about much else, is (IMHO) the clearest possible sign of who's currently winning this fight.