April 24th, 2014


Ideological Purity Testing

To anyone, left-wing, right-wing, or whatever, who would impose ideological purity tests to anyone who participates in the Hugo Awards: Beware of rules that can turn on you. They're like a gun that randomly shoots bullets toward you as well as away from you. You cannot enforce such rules fairly.

You all have freedom of speech. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom of consequences. If you say unpopular things, expect to be criticized for it. Freedom of speech also does not mean "I have an unlimited right to come into your house and start screaming at you, and if you kick me out, you're oppressing me!"

I address this to everyone. I'm seeing it happen from both the "left" and "right" (for lack of a better term). Nobody is clean in this. And try and remember that you're not the only real human being in the world. Treating everyone else as a non-player character is a sign of being a sociopath.