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Creating Controversy in My Sleep
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One of my favorites among the articles I have published at Counter-Currents is “Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? as Anti-Semitic/Christian-Gnostic Allegory,” which is a companion piece to my essay on Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.
When a reader suggested in November of 2015 that I submit the essay to a conference in California on Dick’s work, I did so immediately, essentially on a whim. I had little hope that it would be accepted, but if it were, I would have loved to have seen the reactions of the assembled academics.
To my surprise, the article was accepted. But then I heard from the organizer that the paper had been dropped because I had previously published it at Counter-Currents, and it was contrary to their policy to accept previously published papers. I chuckled to myself thinking surely there was more to it than that, then promptly forgot about the whole matter. That was back in 2016.
Well I was right. As I just discovered today, when my article appeared on the program of the meeting, a Jew apparently set to Joogling my name. What he discovered probably blew his kippa clean off. After recovering his composure, he got on the shofar, and a Jewish task force was brought together to pressure the conference organizer into dropping my essay from the program, which he did within minutes of being contacted. Then they crowed about this victory for censorship in an article in the Jewish Journal. And I was blissfully unaware of the whole controversy until stumbling across it today.
The article gives some rather spurious arguments against my thesis. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle was anti-Nazi. Yes, but it is also arguably pro-Fascist. And not everyone who is aware of the Jewish problem is a Nazi. Dick’s friends thought of him as a liberal, and Dick’s third wife was Jewish. Right. The same sort of evidence could he cited against the thesis that Mike Enoch is an anti-Semite as well. In the end, though, the best evidence for my reading is that it makes sense of the novel on its own terms.
I have always wanted to use Howard Roark’s response when Ellsworth Toohey asks Roark what he thinks of him: “But I don’t think of you.” Unfortunately, like most authors, I am constantly on the lookout for mentions of my work. Until today, though, I could have sincerely used that line if asked about this controversy. Frankly, I am surprised that it took more than two years to learn about it. But it is gratifying to discover that my work is creating controversy even while I am asleep.
Just wait till The White Nationalist Manifesto comes out.
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The case for The Man in the High Castle being anti-Nazi is a weak one.
In spite of the new TV series interpretation, all of the book (the source material) takes place in the Japanese controlled West Coast and the “neutral” Rocky Mountain States. The Reich controlled territory is only mentioned in passing.
PKD was a wonderer and day dreamer who liked to explore bizarre what-if scenarios. MITHC was one such scenario, much more akin to the “Eye of the Beholder” episode of The Twilight Zone than some story about “Ermagerd! What if da eebil Nazis won WW2” as simpletons in the current year interpret it.
> Brian Levin, Director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California
> State University, San Bernardino, said, “Universities have a responsibility to make sure
> that people who are invited to speak or to present are subject-matter qualified in the
> areas they profess to be.”
Pure cant. If this person had a broad experience of academia he would know that some of the most distinguished academics do not have degrees in the fields in which they do research, even today. Two of the most distinguished philosophers of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries were Saul Kripke and Derek Parfit. The only degree that Kripke has is an undergraduate degree in mathematics; the only degree that Parfit had was an undergraduate degree in history. No-one, to my knowledge, ever forbade them from speaking at philosophy conferences because they were not “subject-matter qualified”!
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