Monday, March 18, 2019
Stuck In The Middle
I read this Tenkar's Tavern post yesterday, but this is my first opportunity to respond.
Yeah, the middlemen get squeezed. Those seeking neutral ground will eventually see themselves taking up less and less space. And that's a shame. Because politics shouldn't intrude on everything... especially a leisure pursuit like roleplaying games.
To be clear, I'm also a moderate, a centrist, a classical liberal who'd rather not get involved in the culture wars of increasing polarization. But it wasn't so long ago that free speech, rationality, the rule of law, and focusing on gaming were nonpartisan issues that everyone could agree on.
That is not what's happened over the last 3 or 4 years. Social media is everything and everything has been influenced (corrupted?) by politics. The more radical, the better... according to the loudest and least compromising among us.
Any clearheaded person can see that Erik Tenkar contributes to the RPG HIC (Hobby/Industry/Community). And Pex, as Erik's mouthpiece, has every right to post links to whatever the Tavern is talking about at the moment. Those SJWs over on Discord can believe what they want... because they're creating a reality all their own.
If Erik and Pex hadn't distanced themselves from me, I'd be there to fight alongside them. But instead, they chose to throw the baby out with the bathwater and are now being ostracized within certain segments of the HIC because not enough babies were thrown. Yes, also a subtle jab at post-birth abortions that's now part of mainstream Democrat policy!
Hoist on their own petard. Sad, but not unexpected. Live together or die alone, as Lost so eloquently stated. Meanwhile, I'll be here patiently waiting for my apologies. Fighting the good fight. Designing games and doing my za'akier thing.
Good luck to everyone who wants to stay on the sidelines, where it's "safe," and go about their business without getting involved. Eventually, you too will be swept up in the mob. Wake up before you suddenly find your head upon the guillotine of social justice!