I feel like Good Thing Has Bad Consequences is, or at least should be, one of the basic themes of alternate history.I read that TL years ago and for a time corresponded with rvbomally a fair bit. If memory serves, the chain of logic is not "black people getting rights -> space dystopia."
Rather his emphasis is on the fact that in order to achieve radical reconstruction the US government must use the Army to a much greater extent than it did in OTL. This leads to the military having a much larger role in American politics, eventually becoming something akin to a Latin American military junta. It is this much more authoritarian country that becomes a world power by that universe’s version of the Cold War.
I’m certain the more knowledgeable could poke holes in that logic, and there’s a fair argument that it’s problematic, but I never got the impression it was a deliberately racist screed.
Looks like a copy of Stuart Slade the Big one series, minus some changes then.
Ah yes, Ira Tabankin is perhaps the most prolific of conservative pulled-from-the-headlines speculative fiction writers.
It is one of the main moralistic themes already, otl is the best possible world and any attempt to improve it will end in disasterI feel like Good Thing Has Bad Consequences is, or at least should be, one of the basic themes of alternate history.
That's a lot of it, but I was thinking of it more as a simple demonstration of how complex history is, or more specifically if it's an area of history you know about. The bad guys winning WWII and the ACW aren't really interesting scenarios, but as an American it's interesting to think of what a different America they would lead to. TL-191's Prussian America and AANW's version of the Eisenhower/JFK liberal consensus on steroids are much more interesting than the fact that there is more slavery and a worse Holocaust in those scenarios.It is one of the main moralistic themes already, otl is the best possible world and any attempt to improve it will end in disaster
Or something like that
Jesus.I think my least favorite AH is the one where Chris Chan becomes a school shooter
There was one where Ian Montgomerie becomes a UN political commissar and rigidly enforces ideological conformity on the protagonists, who, as freedom-loving straight white males, obviously chafe under the yoke of global socialism or something. I forgot the details.There's always been an undercurrent of AH as personal attack on people you don't like, see 'Dominion' and 'the SNP will collaborate with the nazis just like they are now' or 'Rodham' and 'wouldn't hilary be better off if she just hadn't married that stinking Bill' but that's a new level.