Comments: Mutants, civil rights and fundamentalism

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Other faiths, other branches of the same faith, sounded as if they were being dismissed,

It's funny he writes this, because the "culture wars" of the 80s did much to bring together Catholics, Protestants, and traditional Jews, to defend traditional morality. Far from sectarian strife, the 80s were the start of a ecumenical political movement that continues today.

Posted by Paul Smith Jr at July 16, 2007 11:50 AM


I have to admit to being frustrated with my inability to post comments on sites, but your post on Mutants and Civil Rights was great.

I just wanted to focus on a side point. You noted how the graphic novel became the movie. I noticed something similar between ST:TMP and ST:TNG.

Riker replaced Decker. And the empathetic Betazed replaced the empathetic Deltan. It's not quite the same thing but I suppose that Riker and Troi somehow evolved from the pair of Decker and Ilia.

Posted by Soccer Dad at July 16, 2007 01:14 PM

My guess is that the "oppression" Chris Claremont waxes nostalgically over was actually just conservatives (finally) countering the standard line of liberal pap in the marketplace of ideas. At about this time, conservatives began to emerge from the sewers the liberal elites had consigned them to following Watergate (thinking they would never have to hear from us again). Reagan's muscular defense of conservative prinicpals, coupled with the emergence of the talk radio channel (Rush) gave an "answer" to the self-aggrandizing "monologue" of the liberal world view...which good liberals, unaccustomed to any push-back whatsoever, immeditately (and to this day) classified as "prosecution" or "oppression".

I think in their mind, their views are simply "right", and any challenge to them is equated with an attack, censorship, intimidation, or any of the other victimizing buzz words they're so fond of using.

Posted by Mark Engblom at July 16, 2007 02:04 PM

Interestingly enough, we conservatives didn't try to outlaw opposing viewpoints by labeling them as "harassment" or "hate speech", while the "freedom-loving" liberals have done all thy can to impose dire consequences on those who dare to disagree with them.

After all, advocate the murder of the President or a conservative talk-radio host and you are a liberal hero -- call a Democrat presidential candidate a "faggot" and you are evil incarnate.

Posted by Rhymes With Right at July 16, 2007 03:20 PM

As a typical liberal I can tell you that George W Bush makes Reagan look like FDR.

Posted by jason330 at July 16, 2007 04:14 PM

Actually, the free-spending, big-government loving Bush is alot closer to FDR than Reagan ever was. Plus, there's that whole detention of Japanese Americans thing that liberals would no doubt love to link to Guantanamo.

Posted by Mark Engblom at July 16, 2007 04:36 PM