Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Instapundit praises author who blames Americans for terror

I used to like Orson Scott Card. Of course the Ender series is a classic of science fiction and I thoroughly enjoyed his foray into horror, the underrated Lost Boys.

Those books, however, were written before 9-11, the date on which Card joined the Fear Brigade--those who seemed to be sane before the attacks, but now respond to the still-wet stain on their pants by justifying awful things like torture, the erosion of civil rights and voting Republican.

Card has written a new novel which predicts a terror attack against the U.S. that leads to a second American civil war. As Roy points out, Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds thinks Card is "right to warn people against too much division..."

Funny, but Card's words--every bit as "disgusting" as anything said by Ward Churchill--don't seem to suggest the author's interested in healing a broken nation. He wrote this just before the election:
Here's the story the Islamic puritans are telling: The West is full of terrible evils--atheism, sexual filth of all kinds--in defiance of God's will. So seductive are the wiles of Shaitan that many Muslims aspire to dress, act, and live like westerners. Only by turning to full enforcement of ancient Muslim law can Islam purify itself and resist the blandishments of the west. It's evil on one side, God on the other.

If all we had to answer them was Hollywood movies, politically correct anti-religious dogmas, and the other trappings of a West that is almost as decadent as the Islamicists claim, then we would only prove their point.

Instead, President Bush has offered something quite different. We don't want to turn you into mini-Americas, he says. We offer you, instead, democracy, in which you can choose for yourselves what parts of western culture to adopt. You will govern yourselves. It isn't a choice between wickedness and righteousness, it's a choice between freedom and oppression. [Italics Card's. Bold text Nitpickers.]
In Card's mind, only Bush keeps us from being deserving of attack by terrorists because, as numerous conservative commentators have said and continue to say, our culture has chosen "wickedness."


Anonymous Doug said...

One of the "Shadow" books was also quite obviously a tirade against America under Clinton, so it's not even like this stuff is new.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is an "anti-religious dogma"?

It's sad that Card has more sympathy for the 9/11 bombers than he does for the majority of Americans.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Independent Warlord said...

yeah....Card's a freak of the first order. His Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead are incredible, thoughtful books....even the first of his Bean series is an excellent page turner, though mostly just a less provocative, action-oriented rehash of Ender's Game. His continuation of the Bean series seems to chronicle his descent into irrational crapitude (with bonus points for horrible writing). In a feeble attempt to put him into a box, my working hypothesis is that his mind cracked in the 90's as he decided that his ever-approaching mortality warranted a resumption of his fundamentalist mormon faith--steadily eradicating those critical thought centers that once produced such magnificent work. His work since has been seriously crappy populated by uni-dimensional characters (who are all mostly "topological" clones of each other) with truly god-awful dialogue. It's almost like ayn rand's idiot corpse has been ghost-writing his novels....

8:21 PM  
Blogger Guancous said...

Come on, liberals watched the government institutionalize torture, waste hundreds of billions on an illegal and immoral war, destroy the nation's infrastructure with their corruption and rape the environment. Liberals did have a revolution... last November 7th.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blech, I didn't even like Ender's Game. Card's storylines are preachy, his characters wooden, his jokes terrible.

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with anonymous. Never understood what all the fuss about. Hated Ender's Game. The man's a closet pedophile.

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those books, however, were written before 9-11, the date on which Card joined the Fear Brigade--those who seemed to be sane before the attacks, but now respond to the still-wet stain on their pants by justifying awful things like torture, the erosion of civil rights and voting Republican.

this reaction isn't limited to Card - have you read any of the bevy of techno - military amerikan writers since 9 / 11 and especially any that have come out in the last year ( since Iraq started going down the shitter ) ??

man, they are so trying to make up for the humiliation of 9 / 11 and the ass kicking amerikan is taking in both Iraq and Afghanistan that it is nauseating.

the amerikan jingoism is just awful and is becoming rampant.

sickening and pitiful.

2:19 AM  
Anonymous George Arndt said...

Like Dennis Miller, Card is a brilliant man scared by 9/11 into going farther to the right. The irony is he, like many on the right, seems to agree with the Islamic fundamentalists that we are "decadent". They are, in fact, blaming America first, as well as giving comfort and justification to our enemies. And then the say how “patriotic” they are.. This is beyond self-parody!

6:27 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Orson Scott Card has been known as a homophobic reactionary force in Mormon intellectual circles since the early 1980s at least. There's nothing surprising in his moral critique of mainstream culture.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Sorry I'm late to this thread (got here from Unclaimed Territory...), but you may find this critique of Ender's Game quite illuminating: Creating the Innocent Killer. Th essay is longer than it needs to be, but stick with it, some of the best insights come towards the end.

Mike T

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Orson Scott card has always been like this, just not publically. Read what people have to say about him on - where people have conspiracy theories like that he never wrote Ender's game, and other articles like "Orson Scott Card Has Always Been an Asshat" (

There have also been psycology papers written about his books. These papers come to the conclusion that Mr. Card thinks that as long as a person has good intentions the outcome of his actions will be good (this explains a lot on his views on terrorism and the like) - basically, the ends justify the means as long as you are a "good" person. Me thinks that's the road to hell, but whatever.

I actually had a blog 3 or so years ago that rebuted his silly logic for things like gay marriage (Card says it's against history - lame).

He is also the reason why if I was some great author I would STFU, and keep my crazy ideas to myself - because of his articles I'm completely turned off of buying his books. I suppose he has enough money anyway.

10:51 AM  

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