Orson Scott Card is a Fascist

Or so says Kuro5hin. That article links to Creating the Innocent Killer which has a pretty good analysis of Card’s novels. I’ve read and enjoyed a few of these, but I tend to read pretty innocently — I let the text speak for itself and don’t try to find subtext — so reflecting on the novels with this article in mind is helpful. I was disturbed by the “surprise” ending to Ender’s Game — that a child’s game was responsible for the destruction of an alien race — but I didn’t really think about it till now. Especially disturbing is this:

“I don’t really think it’s true that ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions.’” Card stated in a 2002 interview. “Good people trying to do good usually find a way to muddle through. What worries me is when you have bad people trying to do good. They’re not good at it, they don’t have any instinct for it, and they’re willing to do a lot of damage along the way.” The import of this statement is that there are some people who are good before they act, and some others who are bad before they act, and that goodness or badness is exhibited in their actions. These “bad” people can’t do good, and “good” people can’t do bad.

(I just read that last sentance to and she said “Yep, George Bush can’t do bad because he’s good.”)

One thought on “Orson Scott Card is a Fascist”

  1. RE: Creating The Innocent Killer

    I read ENDER’S GAME as a teenager. And while it was exciting enough, I never got attached to it like the fans do; the ending I didn’t like at all.

    Much later, when I could articulate what I thought was wrong with ENDER’S GAME, I wrote an essay about genocide in SF literature, and included a whole chapter about that novel:

    It’s intriguing that the fans of this novel can be found at both ends of the political spectrum, and are so insistently ardent about the novel’s greatness.
    They seem to take ENDER’S GAME very personally. I still wonder: what makes so many people identify so completely with such a warped protagonist?

    Consider the idea of recruiting children for war. This happens in the real world, and it’s nothing like that book. Read about child soldiers in African civil wars; it’s a guaranteed eye-opener.

    Real militias do NOT recruit children because kids are so intelligent or skilled killers, but because they are more pliable, more obedient to authority – and available in abundant supply.

    In civil wars there are always enough orphans, while adult male recruits are hard to find.


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