[content warning for extreme views on race, gender and sexual violence]
Larry Correia’s second Sad Puppies slate was not very different from the first. There were a lot of Mormon men (because of his writer connections in Utah) and seven of the twelve people listed were people Correia had recommended in previous years. Marko Kloos was new but Correia knew him from gun forum days and had been promoting his book. Sarah Hoyt was also new but she was a fellow Baen author and they had a lot in common politically (and coincidentally, both had family connections to Portugal).
Vox Day was different though. Nominally, he had called himself a libertarian in the past but his views on women and race were more extreme than Correia’s. I don’t know if there was any communication between them other than the comments left by ‘VD’ at Correia’s blog but the additional works that Vox Day listed on his own blog, look more like works that Correia would have listed if he had the time.
After the initial stages of the campaign and the announcement of the finalists, Correia would offer a new rationalisation for his campaign.
1. I said a chunk of the Hugo voters are biased toward the left, and put the author’s politics far ahead of the quality of the work. Those openly on the right are sabotaged. This was denied.
2. So I got some right wingers on the ballot.
3. The biased voters immediately got all outraged and mobilized to do exactly what I said they’d do.
4. Point made.”
Certainly, the impact of Sad Puppies 2 was receiving more negative publicity than any of Correia’s three previous campaigns. However, prior to this campaign, he’d never had somebody like Vox Day before. Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Brandon Sanderson, Toni Weisskopf may well have benefited from Correia’s campaign but none of those people was antagonistic to the rest of the ballot. As Mike Glyer had said in his post on the Sad Puppies 2 initial campaign post, it was a net positive to have Toni Weisskopf on the ballot. Why hadn’t she been on the ballot before? Well, as Larry Correia had himself pointed out, Baen readers were a small subset of Worldcon attendees, Baen books were not well distributed beyond North America and the publisher had in recent years increased its focus on the military science fiction sub-genre (which had lots of fans but with fewer overlaps with other sub-genres). Politics and sub-genre were somewhat conflated in the mil-SF space (particularly with Baen’s trifecta of Ringo, Kratman and Williamson).
Even so, Correia had gained a slot as an Astounding finalist in past years. Hoyt had not been a Hugo finalist before but in terms of some kind of entrenched bias against her, she had been promoted at John Scalzi’s blog and had a high profile set of essays at Tor.com.
The politics of Sad Puppies 2 wasn’t exclusive to a single nominee but what shifted the balance was not Correia or Hoyt (two of the three most obviously political entries on his slate) but Vox Day. Larry Correia wasn’t unaware of that and in the same post I quoted above, was open about the central cause of the controversy:
“The Controversial Slate: For the record, I’m only the second most hated man who got a nomination. The most despised is Vox Day by far, however, I’m the one who suggested him to my fans who were participating in Sad Puppies 2. So if he’s their devil, I’m the antichrist. Let’s back up. The reason Vox is so hated is that he is the only person ever kicked out of SFWA. He makes me look cuddly and diplomatic. He was expelled from SFWA because the powers that be decided he was a racist, in fact, it was so obvious that he was racist that it only took a thirty page thesis explaining how stuff he said was actually racist, including the leadership of SFWA searching through the vile cesspool that is Stormfront until they found some nazi skin head who used similar words, and then holding him accountable for things that posters said in his blog comments (us right wing bloggers don’t believe in censorship so we don’t “manage” or “massage” our comments like they do) then they kicked him out for misusing their Twitter account.”https://monsterhunternation.com/2014/04/24/an-explanation-about-the-hugo-awards-controversy/
It does not take a thirty-page thesis to show that Vox Day could be reasonably described as a racist even in 2014. Only a couple of days before Correia’s post, Day was overtly saying racial segregation was inevitable and that to be “pro-segregation” was like saying one was “pro-biology”:
“To talk about being pro-segregation or anti-segregation is a category error. It’s no different than claiming to be pro-biology or anti-gravity. It’s a normal human dynamic, and as such, it can be resisted with effort, but only for a short time from the historical perspective.”https://web.archive.org/web/20140425064058/http://voxday.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-inevitability-of-segregation.html
Day had been fine-tuning and adapting his ethnonationalist politics over time but by 2013 he had already been quite clear that his preference was for people to live in racially homogeneous segregated states. In 2013 he thought this was compatible with his libertarian beliefs on the grounds that he believed that without government intervention, people’s naturally preferences could lead people to choose this arrangement without force.
“With regards to race, I would be more than content to see the U.S. federal government and other governments across the West firmly respect the right to self-determination, the right to free speech, and the right to freedom of economic association on the part of individual, as well as the political sovereignty of the several States.https://web.archive.org/web/20130821133804/http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/08/mailvox-answering-simple-question.html
This would likely lead to legal segregation in some states, most likely beginning, ironically enough, with the States where Hispanics are expected to soon be the majority. In most of the rest, I expect a return to Constitutional federalism and the concept of democratic laboratories would merely lead to bans on enforced desegregation and government violations of the freedom of association; history indicates that people have a tendency to naturally segregate as that is how most of the various population groups were formed in the first place.”
At this point, one of the few points of differentiation between Day’s stated beliefs and those of more overt and recognisable White Supremacists is that Day hoped that this segregation would occur peacefully and that a race-war would be regrettable, whereas the more stereotypical White Supremacists were eagerly anticipating such a calamity. It was certainly possible to enumerate points of difference between Day’s views and those of neo-Nazis or groups like the Klan but the shared assumptions and beliefs were also numerous. Day’s expectation of a coming race-war akin to the ‘helter-skelter’ like ideas of Charles Manson was of a ‘more in sorrow than in anger’ kind.
“It may already be too late for a peaceful return to historical segregation patterns. But if history is an even remotely reliable guide, the West will return to them one way or another. And keep in mind that my expectations of the future have nothing whatsoever to do with my personal preferences, any more than I wanted to see the global financial system seize up when I predicted the 2008 economic crisis six years before it happened.”ibid
Correia, who very much resented liberals putting him in a box or making assumptions about his character based on his religion, the state he lived in or his gender, may also have missed how fine-grained Vox Day’s preference for racial/ethnic segregation was. Again, Day would fine-tune and clarify these ideas over time but none of them was new in 2014 or only made clear in subsequent years. Day has a consistent belief that he has explained relatively clearly again and again. His concerns about immigration to the US may have pointed at contemporary concerns about immigrants from Mexico, or refugees from the Middle East or Africa (as was common across US politics) but his analysis was clear. The United States, as a project and the ‘libertarian’ rights-based ideal of the constitution (as claimed by libertarians and libertarian-like conservatives), was, in Day’s views an ethnicity-specific project only suited for a specific ethnicity. Very, very, specific:
“As I noted in a previous post, the influx of Irish, German, and Scandinavian immigrants distinctly transformed the political culture of America in a fundamentally anti-Constitutional manner, not despite but because of their assimilation. In this essay, we can see the way in which the Jewish European immigrants of the post-WWII period have had a predictably inimical effect as well as predict the ultimate outcome of the much larger and more recent wave of Central American immigration. I find this piece to be fascinating because while I hadn’t read Glubb before, I had reached very similar conclusions on the basis of my own historical readings.”https://web.archive.org/web/20100916182350/http://voxday.blogspot.com/2010/09/immigration-and-fate-of-empires.html
Day often says that he is not a racial supremacist. That he believes that societies of different races are just different rather than one being better than the other. He even points to his own family background which includes some ancestors of Mexican and Native American background to cast himself as not being conventionally ‘white’. However, Day is disingenuous. He separates two beliefs to maintain this belief. Connect them (and they often appear together) and the implication is clear what his beliefs entail based on his assumptions about the world.
- He believes that Western society is “the most humane civilization the human race has ever known” and also that the freedoms enshrined in the libertarian/conservative perception of the US constitution are ideal.
- He believes that “the West” is a civilisation SPECIFICALLY for white people/people of European descent AND that specifically, the USA (in the sense above) is a project that is intended to work for people of ENGLISH descent.
In Day’s view, the fall of the USA from grace (which matches his theological beliefs about the fall of the world from grace and its control by Satanic forces) was precipitated by non-Anglo immigration. For Day, the Irish (among others) led to a weakening in the constitution, later mass immigration from southern Europe (in Day’s view) being even worse and as he openly states (in 2010 note), post-WWII Jewish immigrations was even worse.
Libertarians like Correia and Hoyt shared a belief that the USA (in an idealised form as a constitutional republic base on natural rights and rose-coloured spectacles version of capitalism) had drifted off course and become dominated by left-wing and state-centric beliefs. Day had similar beliefs (he has since shifted from the libertarian aspects) which made him easy to see as an ideological partner but underneath was a theory that the shift away from the ideal was a racial one. Day’s theory of US politics was explicitly anti-Semitic in that he blamed American Jews for post-WWII departures from the capitalist ideal. Day’s views aren’t identical to those of the nineteenth century ‘Know Nothings’ but the similarities are substantial.
So on race alone, asking people to ignore Day’s politics was already a big ask. He had also spent a year accusing the popular author John Scalzi of being a rapist. He had also aligned himself overtly with the growing online misogynist movement. Day’s views on women writing science-fiction were widely known. Nevertheless, Correia was shocked by one outcome of his campaign:
“The libel and slander over the last few days have been so ridiculous that my wife was contacted by people she hasn’t talked to for years, concerned that she was married to such a horrible, awful, hateful, bad person, and that they were worried for her safety.”https://monsterhunternation.com/2014/04/24/an-explanation-about-the-hugo-awards-controversy/
Correia didn’t connect these concerns with his alliance with Vox Day but it seems likely that Day’s extreme views on women may have led people to be concerned about who Correia was aligning himself with. Day was on record with a number of disturbing views from his Pick-Up Artist/Manosphere related blog ‘AlphaGame’, including:
- “Women not only lie about rape, but women USUALLY lie about rape.” 
- “it’s time to stop pretending that rape is the worstest crime ever in the history of the world”
- “So, get your rape on, boys. The ladies, they love the rape.”
- “Apparently Sharia has the solution for ending rape culture. Just hang the women. That will kill three birds with one stone, as it should also take care of the growing problem of false-rape accusations as well as teenage pregnancy.”
- [on women] “when it comes to what sexually attracts them, even the nice, well-bred ones are more insanely twisted, from the male perspective, than the average serial killer”
- and on his main blog “Because female independence is strongly correlated with a whole host of social ills. Using the utilitarian metric favored by most atheists, a few acid-burned faces is a small price to pay for lasting marriages, stable families, legitimate children, low levels of debt, strong currencies, affordable housing, homogenous populations, low levels of crime, and demographic stability.”
Day’s claim that the term “marital rape” is oxymoronic hadn’t been made at this point but it wouldn’t be hard to infer from his already stated views. That Larry Correia was falling into the orbit of Vox Day was not an unreasonable worry for friends of his wife. Day’s views could be described as “politics” but they were politics of a distinct and immediate personal nature rather than abstract ideology or partisan party alignment.
Larry Correia’s assessment of Day’s beliefs at that time (and note, the dot points all predate Correia’s post) was as follows:
“I didn’t really know the guy that well before he started pissing so many people off, but having been character assassinated myself, I’ve learned never to take the internet’s word about somebody’s character. Having actually talked with, and then gotten into long arguments and debates with Vox, he is a contrarian, can be a jerk is extremely opinionated, but I honestly don’t think he’s a racist (He’s also not a white guy, but most of the people attacking him don’t know that). We’ve had some long, heated debates on different subjects now, but since I’m not a panty twisted liberal, I can handle differing beliefs.https://monsterhunternation.com/2014/04/24/an-explanation-about-the-hugo-awards-controversy/ 
We disagree about a lot. I disagree with him on some fundamental philosophy. His “rabid hateful” views on homosexuality match about a third of America, most staunch Catholics, and he’s far more moderate on the issue than any devout Muslim or average European villager. So I disagree with him, but he’s not the out there whackadoo his detractors make him out to be, but then again, these same people say I want to drag gays to death behind my truck, so take the hate with a grain of salt. He thinks I’m nuts on several topics, but the dude is smart, and he can write. As for the people saying he “bought” the awards… Holy moly, you’ve got no idea what his day job is. If the man wanted to simply buy votes, he’d be up for everything from Best Novel to Motor Trend Car of the Year.”
Whether they had discussed Day’s views that immigrants from Southern Europe (for example, Portugal) had undermined the constitution, is unclear. However, Correia was confident that he wasn’t an “out there whackadoo”, although oddly, he only mentions Day’s views on homosexuality rather than his views on race and women. Day is quite capable of being thoughtful, eloquent & polite and as we have seen, even he and John Scalzi managed to maintain a relatively civil communication for some years.
Even if we assume a degree of cluelessness and a lack of curiosity on Correia’s part, adding Vox Day to his slate as a way of demonstrating that Hugo voters were politically motivated were very much putting a finger on the scales.
Even so, arguably even the very worst person might write compelling fiction. Correia had made brief mention of Roman Polanski in his post as an example of a person who had committed a terrible crime and still received awards. If Vox Day’s novelette was truly good, shouldn’t Hugo voters put aside their dislike of Day’s views? As Correia had said in that post “Truly brilliant works of art have been created by people who are bat shit crazy.”
Correia had read the story and had liked it:
“I was surprised by how good it was. I found it to be a really good story (it is actually about love and friendship, with a moral philosophy based on Thomas Aquinas, so not really what you’d expect from such a supposed hatemonger of hatey-hate). I plugged it to my fans earlier this year, which meant that a lot of them had read it as well.”ibid
But he was also clear about his motives:
“Yes, I will totally admit that I knew this would spur additional outrage. And oh, how I was proven right. His existence offends them. They aren’t going to read his work. They’re proud to admit it. In the spirit of the awards, a certain Tor editor—who has no problem marching with communists—is pushing for everyone to automatically vote No Award over Vox. Stay classy, noble Social Justice Warrior, but once again, there’s no bias.”ibid
Nevertheless, let’s read it and see…
Opera Vita Aeterna
I suppose A Work of Everlasting Life? An elf approaches a human monastery belonging to the Order of St Dioscurus, a holy order of the Catholic-like human land of the setting. The elf’s arrival is unusual and the Abbot speaks to him to discover why he is visiting a human monastery. The elf explains that he is seeking a different order of human monks. A monk of this order had visited his lands and defeated one of the powerful Magisters of his college using the power of his god. The elf was attempting to learn more about the god. The Abbot explains that the monastery worships the same god and so the elf elects to stay and learn more over the winter. When spring arrives, the elf who has spent much of the time in the library is keen not only to stay but to work:
Bessarias put his hand to his mouth and coughed twice. “What I should very much like to do, Lord Abbot, if you are amenable to the idea, is to contribute a newly illuminated manuscript to your library. However, it will take me a considerable time to copy and complete it, and I do not wish to impose upon your hospitality any longer than you and your brothers can endure.”Excerpt From: Vox Day. “Opera Vita Aeterna.”
The elf’s only condition is that he be allowed to ask the Abbot any questions about the holy scriptures he will be working on.
Unfortunately, the elf’s work at the monastery is interrupted by a demon in the shape of a talking fox who attempts to persuade the elf to return home. The elf refuses. Years pass and the elf continues to work on copying all of the Sacred Scriptures. Each year the demon returns and the elf refuses to go with him.
One day the elf sets off with a party of monks to visit a city seven days walk away, to collect writing supplies. However, when the elf returns to the monastery, he discovers that all the remaining monks have been murdered by goblins. Also, because the monastery hasn’t been ransacked he concludes the goblin attack must have been organised by the demon in a bid to make the elf return home. The elf enters the chapel of the monastery and finds the Abbot dead.
“If there was such a thing as a soul, if the incorruptible not only had a beginning but could begin with something so insignificant as a single human life, then somewhere, somehow, Waleran would know of it and the knowledge would grieve him. Bessarias was still within the walls of Saint Dioscurus and his vow still bound him. So instead, the sorcerer slowly lowered himself to one knee and did something he had never done before. He did not lower his head. He stared directly into the painted face of the pathetic wooden god as he addressed it in a voice full of scorn and fury.Excerpt From: Vox Day. “Opera Vita Aeterna.”
“I don’t know you. I don’t believe in you. I have no use for you, you sad wooden fraud. But my friend served you with all the loyalty you could ask of any Man. So, if you exist, if you have any power at all, I ask this one thing of you, one thing only, and then we are done. Let it be as he believed. Give him that promised life beyond the grave. Welcome him into your Heaven. Walk with him in your golden streets and give him the answers he could not find here”
Surprisingly, this isn’t the end of the story. Instead, a final section skips forward in time and we meet two new characters who are visiting a different monastic library. There they discuss a book called the Sacra Incognita whose author is unknown but which contains thirty-six faces drawn into the illuminated letters. They speculate that the faces must have been the fellow monks of the copyist and the copyist themself. The younger of the two says of the book:
“This is immortality, Father. The body dies, the soul ascends, but the mind lives on forever through these words. Thank you for bringing me here. I shall never forget it, not if I live one hundred years.Excerpt From: Vox Day. “Opera Vita Aeterna.”
The final paragraph reveals that in a letter on the open page of the book is a picture of the face of the dead Abbot. The implication being that the elf was the copyist of the book and had finished the work.
Without a doubt, I have read worse stories. There’s a plot and two characters of a sort. The story attempts some philosophical questions such as whether elves have souls but doesn’t dig down into that as a topic. There is a discussion between the Abbot and the elf on the question of whether perfect things can have a beginning but the debate is interrupted.
One of Day’s favourite writers is Umberto Eco, so the inclusion of a monastic library and philosophical questions may be a bit of a nod to The Name of the Rose. Certainly, he is trying for something quieter here than people might expect from a Larry Correia recommendation. True, the whole monastery is slaughtered (aside from the elf and the people he is travelling with) but the murders happen ‘off-screen’.
It is also a relief that Day is not overtly deploying his alpha/sigma-beta-gamma ‘socio-sexual hierarchy’ here. All the characters are male (with one caveat) but the monks are monkish and while maybe the elf character fits into Day’s charismatic-loner ‘sigma’ category that he carved out for himself, it’s not belaboured. I say one caveat because the demob who initially appears as a fox is given a gender-neutral “it” initially but is later given “he” when the dialogue establishes that he is a demon rather than a fox.
As an incident in a wider story, the novelette would be at worst redundant. What could be an interesting development of the Abbot and the elf isn’t given space to develop. On the Apple Books reader on my laptop, the story comes to 24 pages but it takes three pages just to get the elf into the monastery and four pages for the coda at the end. So we only get a short snippet of philosophical argument between the elf and the Abbot. Now I will concede that maybe many readers of high fantasy aren’t after a story about the arguments of Thomas Aquinas reframed into a fantasy setting and yet, that is the one and the only thing that distinguishes the story from being a random snippet lifted from a fantasy novel.
The philosophical part is teased as a question as to whether elves have souls but I believe that is a question Day considers in other parts of his Selenoth books. Instead, the snippet we get has the elf launch straight into a question of existence. The Abbot having agreed to answer any questions the elf might have about the text he will copy, the elf starts with the first sentence:
“The elf laughed and raised his glass in a salute, like a swordsman preparing to address his opponent. “Granted. Now, your sacred manuscript starts with the phrase ‘In the beginning,’ does it not?”Excerpt From: Vox Day. “Opera Vita Aeterna.”
“To be sure.” The abbot smiled and responded with his own half-empty glass.
“But my thought is that, contra the text, the world cannot have had a beginning. That which exists has always existed. It does not exist at certain times and not exist at others. And every incorruptible thing naturally has the capacity to exist always because its existence is not, due to its incorruptible nature, limited to any determinate time. Therefore no incorruptible thing sometimes is, and sometimes is not, whereas everything which has a beginning does not exist prior to its existence. So, either there are no incorruptible things to be found in the world, or no incorruptible thing ever begins to exist.”
In short, incorruptible (or changeable) necessarily can exist forever so the elf argues that if the world is incorruptible then it must have always existed. The Abbot counters the more obvious flaws in the argument (why assume the world is incorruptible) but by the time the two of them clear brush around their argument and start to approach the question of souls…they are interrupted by the demon arriving at the gates. That would be a neat bit of writing, particularly having a demon interrupting, except we never return to the argument! It reads like we are heading towards Thomas Aquinas’s discussion about the incorruptibility of the human soul. ‘Incorruptibility’ doesn’t mean here ‘can’t become bad’ but more like (in modern terms) free from entropy, a point the Abbot and elf touch on.
Day opts for mediocrity rather than a bold failure. Maybe he suspected that his audience would only cope with small doses of theology. Writers like Gene Wolfe or even Tolkien, who have woven Catholic themes into fantasy works have done so with broad subtlety. In Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, Eco makes more overt use of Aquinas’s philosophy but he does so to play out more modern ideas around reasons and how meaning attaches to signs and symbols. All three of those writers are not famed for brevity in dealing with these ideas (although Wolfe has written brilliant short stories).
Day’s described his earlier novel Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy, as an attempt to grapple with these questions:
“However, I did have this insanely ambitious idea for bringing religion back into high fantasy, inspired by an essay I’d written for Ben Bella’s Revisiting Narnia anthology, entitled “CS Lewis and the Problem of Religion in Science Fiction and Fantasy.” I knew no one else would ever even consider publishing it, so I said I would write it if it was of any interest to him. He said yes, so I got to it.https://speculativefaith.lorehaven.com/on-the-throne-of-bones-a-q-and-a-with-vox-day/
Unfortunately, I completely failed. Originally, the plan was for this massive structural subtext in which each fantasy race represented a different medieval philosophical school, but I just couldn’t pull it off. The intellectual scope was far too grand; it took me a year just to get a decent grasp of Thomas Aquinas via the Summa Theologica. So, the book went from being philosophically vast to atomic; the novel is essentially nothing more than a single Aquinas-style argument concerning whether elves have souls naturally united to them or not.”
That element is still present in Opera Vita Aeterna as a kind of stub but without it, what is left? The characters are thin and the story is slight. It isn’t that the theology has to take second-fiddle to action or magic or world-building or mythic scope or atmosphere. Instead, we have some events and a lot of padding.
I enjoyed six pages of this. I’ll concede that is six pages more than I expected and that made me a bit sad because there genuinely are signs of Day being able to write something good.
Is this novelette in any sense close to something award-worthy? No, not even close,. True, that is a subjective judgement but to be worthy of award implies a question less prone to individual taste:
In what way does this novelette stand out from any other novelette in SF/F at the time?
There are no strong answers that relate to the content of the novelette and I’d argue the situation is even worse for Opera Vita Aeterna. It is barely even a stand-alone work and frankly, there are better 20+ page sections of fantasy novels that would work as better novelettes than this one. It maybe passes muster as an incident in a broader novel but it really doesn’t work as short fiction. If somebody said to me “this was an early work by a writer who later wrote good short fiction” then I would find that believable. Is it comparable to the quality of writing of Larry Correia, Sarah Hoyt, Marko Kloos, Howard Tayler and Dan Wells? No, and again not just ‘no’ but not even close. It wasn’t for me maddeningly awful in a throw-the-iPad-across-the-room way nor was it laughably bad but it was resoundingly mediocre.
Actually, it is worse than that. Consider who is the audience for this? It isn’t people looking for Larry Correia like stories. It is pitched at people who like high fantasy and like philosophical themes and like the kind of metaphysics that tries to deduce what substance gods or angels are made out of. Hey! That’s me! I’m the audience for this! Sure there’s the implicit sexism of an all-male cast and the fantasy races having ingrained natures sounds like a perfect playground for Day’s beliefs but those elements are no worse in this story than they are in a whole pile of fantasy works by less ideological obnoxious writers.
Of course, I’m dancing around a point that Larry Correia had already confessed to. Opera Vita Aeterna was not on the Sad Puppies slate because of the “superior quality” of the work. It was put there to troll the voters and provoke a reaction. When the reaction was received, Correia claimed this was proof of political bias. Interestingly, to find the ‘bias’, Correia chose to nominate a mediocre work by the most singularly controversial person he could find within science fiction whose stated views included dismissing over 50% of the population.
Next time: Vox Day and Gamergate
-  see chapter 25
-  https://whatever.scalzi.com/2010/01/07/the-big-idea-sarah-a-hoyt/
-  https://www.tor.com/author/sarah-a-hoyt/
-  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helter_Skelter_(scenario) because we can’t escape bizarre science fiction connections, Manson was such a fan of Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, that he named his son after the central character.
-  Day scoffs at being called anti-Semitic because he is pro-Israel but he is pro-Israel because he regards it as a Jewish racial state. His views on Jewish people in countries other than Israel is that they are a negative influence because (in his view) they are in the wrong state.
-  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Know_Nothing is an example of ‘racist politics are simplistic but not simple’, the Know-Nothings eventually split over the issue of slavery
-  see chapter 17 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/03/27/vox-days-gamma-game/
-  see chapter 8 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/02/24/debarkle-chapter-8-electrolite-2005-03-01/
-  https://web.archive.org/web/20131018191043/https://alphagameplan.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-next-time-youre-tempted-to-white.html
-  https://web.archive.org/web/20131110225559/https://alphagameplan.blogspot.com/2013/10/rape-is-ex-post-facto-regret.html
-  https://web.archive.org/web/20140110061032/https://alphagameplan.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-perfect-woman.html
-  https://web.archive.org/web/20140425221215/https://alphagameplan.blogspot.com/2014/04/ending-rape-culture.html
-  https://web.archive.org/web/20111007195130/https://alphagameplan.blogspot.com/2011/09/killer-game.html
-  as this quote comes up a lot, Day has noted many times that he didn’t exactly say that throwing acid in women’s faces is justified because he personally does not agree with the ‘utilitarian metric’ https://web.archive.org/web/20140618142044/http://voxday.blogspot.com/2012/06/scientist-beats-up-pz.html
-  2016 https://web.archive.org/web/20160425035427/https://alphagameplan.blogspot.com/2016/04/affirmative-consent-law.html
-  I don’t think I noticed Correia’s reference to Vox Day’s day job before. Whatever it was, it impressed Correia.
-  I guess a random bit of something Latin sounding but could be a Castor and Pollux reference?
-  see chapter 17 https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/03/27/vox-days-gamma-game/
-  which I haven’t read in full
-  https://www.newadvent.org/summa/1075.htm#article6
-  which maybe says more about the conventions of the genre that it does about Day