Chapter 43 of Debarkle covered the shambolic “Tor Boycott” of June 2015, one of the more toxic phases of the Sad/Rabid Puppy campaigns. The issue at the time was a description of those campaigns as:
“There are two extreme right-wing to neo-nazi groups, called the Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies respectively, that are calling for the end of social justice in science fiction and fantasy. They are unrepentantly racist, misogynist, and homophobic. A noisy few but they’ve been able to gather some Gamergate folks around them and elect a slate of bad-to-reprehensible works on this year’s Hugo ballot.”
Peter Grant was a central figure in promoting the subsequent boycott of Tor Books. Grant was a regular blogger at Mad Genius Club (and later a published author at Castalia House) but was not one of the core organisers of the Sad Puppy campaigns. In an open letter to the founder of Tor Books, Grant stated:
“Given that background, you’ll understand that to be told by Ms. Gallo that, as a supporter of the Sad Puppy campaign, I’m “unrepentantly racist”, is utterly unacceptable to me. Furthermore, I’ve fought (and I mean exchanged gunfire with) real neo-Nazis who sought to impose Nazi-like ideals of racial purity on a country at war with itself. Thus, to be told that I’m a member of an “extreme right-wing to neo-nazi group” is equally unacceptable. I could go on cherry-picking individual clauses out of Ms. Gallo’s statements, but why bother? I think you can understand why I exploded with anger when I read it. She has no idea about those realities. I do. I will bear their scars, mental, spiritual and physical, until the day I die.”https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2015/06/an-open-letter-to-tom-doherty-of-tor.html
Grant took a somewhat confused position as to whether he was or wasn’t a Sad Puppy i.e. for the purpose of taking offence at the description he saw himself as being part of the Sad Puppies but in the sense of whether the Tor Boycott was an action BY Sad Puppies, he wasn’t.
At the time, people opponents of the Puppies pointed out that Grant (and others) were taking the statement too expansively i.e. a reasonable reading of the statement did imply that all aspects applied to anybody sympathetic to Sad Puppy objectives and that the statement made a distinction between the Sad Puppies and the more overtly extreme Rabid Puppies.
The question of whether Grant was actually sympathetic to extreme right-wing groups that attempt to revive the ultra-nationalist ideologies of the axis powers and enact unrepentantly racist, misogynist, and homophobic policies was not a major topic of discussion.
However, in terms of data on that question, it would be worth considering the recent electoral success of Giorgia Meloni in Italy. Wikipedia describes the more controversial aspects of her career here:
“In a 1996 interview to the French newscast Soir 3, she praised Italian dictator Benito Mussolini as “a good politician, in that everything he did, he did for Italy”, and as the best politician of the last 50 years. In May 2020, she praised Giorgio Almirante, the co-founder of the Italian Social Movement (MSI), who was a Nazi collaborator and editor-in-chief of the antisemitic and racist magazine La Difesa della Razza, which published the “Manifesto of Race” in 1938. In December 2020, the independent journalistic TV program Report revealed through an investigative report that her party “has reached the negative record of arrests for mafia group ‘Ndrangheta“, and also having among her ranks Mussolini’s descendants, as well as fascist nostalgics, according to a 2021 investigative report by Fanpage.it. In November 2018, Meloni declared that the celebration of the Liberation Day, also known as the Anniversary of Italy’s Liberation from Nazi-Fascism on 25 April, and Festa della Repubblica, which celebrates the birth of the Italian Republic on 2 June, should be substituted with the National Unity and Armed Forces Day on 4 November, which commemorates Italy’s victory in World War I. She said that Liberation Day and Festa della Repubblica are “two controversial celebrations”. Meloni has tried to distance herself from her close ties to Roberto Jonghi Lavarini, a far-right Milanese politician and entrepreneur known as the “Black Barron”. In her 2021 biography book I am Giorgia, she wrote that Russia under Vladimir Putin defends European values and Christian identity.“https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giorgia_Meloni#Controversies
On the topic of Meloni, Peter Grant has praised her success and reposted highly favourable statements by Fox New’s Tucker Carlson. Grant goes so far as to hope for a similar candidate to Meloni to lead the US:
“Can we find, and elect, a similarly level-headed leader in this country? I honestly don’t know. I respect Donald Trump for breaking open the can of worms that we’ve come to call the “Deep State”, and exposing it to public view; but he’s also an egotist and a very, very polarizing and divisive figure. The Deep State and progressive politicians blocked many of his initiatives, and would redouble their efforts if he were re-elected. I’d prefer another candidate (and hopefully a younger one – we have enough geriatric politicians already!) Governor Desantis of Florida sounds interesting, but whether he has the national appeal needed to succeed on a broader stage is debatable. Are there other alternatives? Possibly, but I don’t see anyone standing out so clearly as Mr. Trump or Mr. Desantis.”https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/09/sounds-like-italians-have-picked.html
Does this mean Grant is wholeheartedly endorsing everything Meloni may have said in the past or is aware of her endorsement of former Nazis? No, and nor does it mean that back in 2015 his views would have been the same as they are now. However, I would have added this 2022 endorsement of Meloni as context to the Debarkle chapter.