May 2, 2019



Commentary for May 2, 2019:

Itís useful to understand the perspective I was writing from when I first conceived of the politics of Eonís World. It would be dishonest of me to pretend that the major parties werenít based, at least in part, on the major parties of Westminster, at least as they were at the time. The Conservatives were based on the Tories (with a bit of the US Republican Party thrown in). The Liberals were based on the Liberal Democrats (if somewhat idealised). And the Social Democrats were based on New Labour (i.e. Labour under Blair). Perhaps it would have been easier just to not name any political parties or philosophies and be really unspecific about what differentiates the candidates, like a lot of fiction does when it touches on politics. That way you donít alienate any potential audience members by saying, ďYou! Yeah, you! Your politics are bad and you should feel bad!Ē and everyone can just imagine that crinkly old senator who wants to shut down the Stargate project to belong to whichever party they like least. But I think thatís kind of cowardly and not very believable. Plus, I really donít care if I alienate right-wingers. But I do worry about alienating left-wingers.

So, what you need to know about the parties is basically this: The Conservatives are economically right-wing and socially conservative. The Liberal Progressives are economically left-wing and socially progressive. The Social Democrats are economically centre-right, and socially centrist with a slight bend towards authoritarianism. This is because of how the corresponding parties in the UK were at the time. Now, since Ed Milliband and especially since Jeremy Corbyn, Labour has moved away from the centre-right of the Blair years to a more traditionally left-wing position, whereas the Liberal Democrats have arguably swung rightwards (though I will disagree with anyone who asserts that they are no different from the Tories, but thatís complicated and not relevant to this). Interestingly enough, as of Eonís World Vol. 2, the Social Democrats have also moved leftwards and are possibly further to the left than the Liberal Progressives. The Liberal Progressives have not moved, however; they are still where they were at the beginning of Eonís World.

So thatís where my conception of the parties originally came from and it more-or-less still holds. I could go into a protracted discussion of liberalism and my relationship with it, but Iíve tried writing that several times and it just becomes a long and dull treatise defending my use of ďliberalĒ against the criticism of more aggressive socialists than I.

Anyway, since this election is essentially a brand new story, more recent events in politics naturally have influenced it. If you want to look at Samanfur the Fox as being a Bernie Sanders vs. the Hillary Clinton of Harold Mortimer, thatís a valid interpretation. After all, both are preferable to the Donald Trump of Marvolo Howard, but one might be a more ideal choice than the other.

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