John Sanford is as white as they come, cis-hetronormative and struggling desperately to appeal to the woke left to hide his internalized white supremacy.
Pretty catchy first sentence, if I do say so myself. Of course it all may, or may not be true. But since I will face literally zero consequences for writing that sentence I figured it was as good a sentence as any to illustrate exactly how much John Sanford’s opinion that “Baen Books Forum Being Used to Advocate for Political Violence” is largely free of consequences for him.
So, in order to avoid being deplatformed, Toni Weisskopf suspended the bar. This is, of course one of the desired outcomes of John Sanford and the “Science Fiction Writers Association” as Baen has refused to bow to the leftist ideological struggle sessions required by “woke culture.” The real goal, was deplatforming Baen entirely, as the hit piece published by Sanford was immediately used as “evidence” in requests to the internet service providers that host Baen to cut ties with the organization.
But deplatforming works. Milo Yiannopoulos was the “canary in the coal mine” test case, and it worked. And because it continues to work deplatforming will continue to be used by those who would rather silence anyone with a differing opinion.
Of course if you immediately reach for forcibly silencing your political opponents, you are the asshole. And so that is what John Sanford is, a writer so successful that his immediate life goal is to attract a grand total of 500 Patreon supporters, because evidently he can’t actually make a living as a writer by writing fiction and gossip.
Now, in John’s defense Baen’s Bar is home to people like Tom Kratman and John Ringo. You know, paratroopers who ran out of fucks to give many, many jumps ago. And as individuals with zero fucks left to give, they have no problem talking about violence, and if you read any of their fiction you’ll see that they include quite a bit of it. Of course this leaves a lot of words that a spineless milktoast like Sanford to take out of context of the conversation and claim, “see! inciting violence!”
When conservatives, even way out their conservatives, commit acts of violence they are generally effective. For example Kyle Rittenhouse did nothing but retreat nearly six football fields and protect himself from the three individuals bent on attacking him with lethal force. He could have shot into the mob, but he didn’t. Of course Tim McVeigh did the whole white nationalist terrorist act with indiscriminate results. And that is what people like Sanford fear, another effective attack by someone competent to follow through, however his fears are no reason to limit the free speech of others.