The 1930s and ’40s were fraught with fannish tension over differences on social and economic policy. With a few exceptions, such as FOSFAx, though, fandom stayed away from mundane debate over party politics up until the 21st century. Now, fans are as decidedly partisan as anyone else, and discussions are hot on social media.
While Jackboot Fandom and the Sad and Rabid Puppies represent fandom’s rightwing elements, and there is a substantial Libertarian segment, they are far outnumbered by liberals.
|From Fancyclopedia 2, ca. 1959
|Fandom has remained remarkably free of political discussion within the frame of the United States party system, considering how widely its members' views diverge on all other topics. Senator McCarthy's corsair cruise inspired a few articles con, but his defenders were too few and feeble to provoke a real feud; the fan press is not a good medium for political propaganda anyway. On the other hand, some intense differences of opinion have been manifested in the infrapolitical realm of social problems and their cause and cure, but for that we refer you to other sections. Discussions of these subjects were called "politics" in such old-time slogans as "Boost Science Fiction Not Politics" but they're really sociological.
See also: Capitalism, Collectivism, Communism, Fascism, Marxism, Michelism, Patriotism, Police State Anarchy, Racism, Socialism, Technocracy.
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