Monday, 2 November 2015
10th Anniversary Classic Rant: "Progressive" RPGs?
John Snead just doesn't know when to quit, does he? Now he's off again, on RPG.net of course, bemoaning the fact that there aren't enough "Progressive" RPGs out there.
Ironically, but unsurprisingly, he claims that as far as "Progressive" RPGs go, "One obvious example is Blue Rose."
Is it!? What the fuck are you defining as "progressive"? I guess if you're defining "progressive" as "a society so utterly controlled that it can never progress in any way ever, because you have a giant horned deus ex machina making sure that social change is IMPOSSIBLE".
But really, is that progressive? I guess these days, for many of the Marxist-collectivist-feminist college-ultraliberal crowd, it is. Their idea of "progress" is to create a collectivist police state, and then to be more reactionary than Atilla the Hun in making sure it doesn't get changed in any way. That's why they're consistently against reforming any of their sacred cows, even if its clear that those sacred cows are no longer working or doing what they intended to do in the first place. Most people who call themselves "Progressive" are among the most reactionary dogmatic, change-resistant people around.
Bizzarely, Snead goes on to lump Blue Rose in with Midnight, saying that Midnight "can be classified as firmly non-conservative".
Some of you might remember, from my Top 30 Blue Rose quotes, that I once described Blue Rose as "more dystopian than Midnight". Anyways, yet AGAIN, Snead's supposed reasons for his statement above is another shocking revelation of what a poor political understanding Mr. Snead really has, and how utterly reprehensible his "progressive" politics really are.
He says: "[in Midnight] An unquestionably evil regime has conquered the world, and the PCs are heroic freedom fighters". And THAT is why he thinks of it as "progressive"? Because there's an utterly black-and-white EVIL Overlord who must be destroyed at all costs? I mean, can any of you read that and not imagine Mr. Snead looking up at his poster of Bush as a vampire sucking on the statue of liberty and nodding in self-supposed wisdom?!
Its enough to make me agree with John Morrow on his views about Bush-hate and its irrationality! It certainly makes it blatantly clear that Snead and any "Progressives" like him are truly dangerous human beings. And again, they are more reactionary than progressive, in every way that counts: they believe that they are on a holy crusade, that those who disagree with them are "unquestionably evil" and that they must defeat them utterly.
This is not reasonable liberalism we're talking about here, based on valuing the equality of all men, universal liberty, and the democratic principle; no, this is Chavez-style "Bush is el Diablo, the King of Spain is a Fascist" style absolutism. Its that same Chavez-style megalomania, believing that you can not only define what is best for you, but what is best for everyone; and that everyone else should be forced to agree, and if they don't agree, they must be evil.
I could go on, like about how Snead gives as an example of a "democratic" society his homebrew Exalted campaign where a small group of "enlightened mortals" are the ones who govern over the mass of humanity... I mean shit, this guy seems to be LITERALLY ignorant of how real democracy works. Its stunning. But in any case, I think the evidence has been made clear. Of course, all the Fashionistas at RPG.net are fawning over this mental excrement that Snead chose to drop like a turd onto the RPG.net board, but that isn't a surprise given that RPG.net too believes in a "progressive" system where a tiny group of self-styled elites (the mods) can govern, impose their version of reality, and ruthlessly eliminate anyone who opposes them.
Shit, I'm starting to think I was wrong; I used to describe these Swine fuckers as losers who think they're experts on politics and world affairs because they passed a "Poli-sci 101" course at community college. Now I'm starting to think that they actually failed said course.
(Originally Posted November 29, 2007)