On Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Politics

Over at Daily Kos, Devilstower has an interesting and well written post using Sci Fi and Fantasy as a metaphor for religion and politics:

Back in Babylon, Marduk started out as a smaller part of the pantheon, but over time his role was rewritten to include powers and stories that had once belonged to other mythic figures. He even got the credit for founding Babylon and building the ziggurat — something that had been done through the very human sweat and toil of the Bablylonians’ ancestors. Similarly, modern fantasists have rewritten the history of the United States, creating founders in their own image and forgetting the reality. They’ve created a country that was founded on the free market out of one that was founded in opposition to the free market, a country dedicated to a rigid and limited government out of one where government was always a flexible ongoing experiment, and a country dedicated to a subset of Christianity out of a nation where that view of Christianity did not even exist. Just because conservatives look backwards, it doesn’t mean they’re not creative.


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