Hello, publisher? Joseph Conrad here.
I have this novel called The Nigger of the Narcissus...
Ask of each thing, what is it in itself? What is its nature?
Marcus Aurelius, Meditation
Oh, there’s more to life than books, you know.
But not much more.
There are, I suppose, the great questions of every age. Scientists, philosophers, statesmen, historians will all have grappled with the burning questions of their respective day. What, then, is the paramount query with which we ought to be grappling in 2018? I know what I would an answer to that.
What do the Left want?
I don’t mean the tawdry shopping list of superficial grievances which becomes longer and more surreal by the week, the autistic inventory of transgender toilets, black reparations, gender pronouns, online policing, recognition of Islamophobia, recognition of white racism, the much-desired imposition of Islam on Europe, homosexuality, safe spaces, gun control in the USA, banning of free speech and its practitioners, mandatory hatred of men, mass immigration, impeachment of Trump and all the other whining and infantile demands the Left chant for under their placards. These abstractions are like binary code used by computer programmers to create the image or text you see on your screen. It enables, but does not fully explain. What, ultimately, is that image?
What do the Left want?
The answer is simple, and has two symbiotic elements; power and control.
Power and control are like two sides of a piece of paper, recto and verso. One could not exist without the other nor the other without the one. To have power over another is to control what she can or cannot do, and to control what another can or cannot do is to have power over them. They are not synonymous but, like a nut and bolt, essentially linked and each useless without the other. But, for our purposes, these powerful siblings conjure up misleading images.
Power. Control. Our imaginations come alive with jackboots kicking open doors, plantation bullwhips, clench-fisted dictators on podiums, panopticons and airstrikes and sun-kings.
But anyone who has ever been to a management training meeting, or walked the streets of the poorer quarters of a Western city, or watched a BBC drama, or crossed an international border, or claimed welfare, benefits or social security, or any one of a thousand routine experiences that seem innocuous enough, already knows about power and control.
One of the defining features of contemporary Western governments is their unshakeable belief in the malleability of their citizens, and one of the saddest aspects of this belief is that they are, for the most part, right. Advertising is the dark heart of this cultural manipulation, and no company would spend the insane amount of money they do promoting the crap they sell if they did not believe unswervingly that their money was well spent. Social media is the latest battleground, and Zuckerberg and his ilk believe – not without reason – that to promote the Leftist ideology and censor and remove the dissident opposition is the best way to produce what their globalist puppet-masters want. Now, as with any war, a new front has opened up, and a new battleground is appearing through the gunsmoke.
If you are readers of novels, you are in for a very rude awakening, because the incursions made by the cultural Marxist enemy has finally reached your redoubt, which you had held firm since Lady Chatterley got her knickers off.
The usual form with an aspiring novelist is that he or she prepares their manuscript and sends it off to a publishing house. In London, these are almost always staffed by women and those women usually have double-barrelled names. They will pass your manuscript on to a ‘reader’, who will decide whether it is what that particular publishing house deems any good. This filtration system has several levels and, if your book gets through them, you too could be the next J K Rowling, should you wish to be a Leftist twat.
But now there is a new requirement. Not only does your novel have to be exciting, well crafted, full of believable characters and all the other classic necessities for a good read. It now has to be perused by something called a ‘sensitivity reader’. Let’s have a look at what these people do.
Writing in the Margins is a small-time organisation which helps aspiring writers get published. The provision of ‘sensitivity readers’ is one of the services they offer. Their website contains a useful description of exactly what a sensitivity readers does;
‘A sensitivity reader reads through a manuscript for issues of representation and bias on the page. The goal of a sensitivity reader isn’t to edit a manuscript clarity and logic [sic], although that may be an additional service offered. A sensitivity reader reviews a manuscript for internalised bias and negatively charged language. A sensitivity reader is there to help make sure you do not make a mistake, but they are also NOT a guarantee against making a mistake.’
Read it again, because it is the language of the future of literature. ‘Internalised bias’, ‘negatively charged language’, ‘issues of representation’, ‘help make sure you do not make a mistake’. So much is unspoken, but nowadays it does not need to be spoken because we have learned to read more than novels. We have learned to read the Left.
A sensitivity reader will be looking for unsympathetic representations of non-whites. That’s it. Trailing behind will be inappropriately heroic women characters, a lack of queers, no transgender toilets mentioned in the hotel scene. Let’s go a little further into Writing in the Margins’ specification. Their summing-up of the role of the sensitivity reader is as follows;
‘Sensitivity readers can help you identify problematic language and internalised bias on the page when writing outside of your experiences. This is not a guarantee that others will not have issues with your work. But it is a way to attempt to catch and correct high level issues prior to submission or publication.’
‘Problematic language.’ ‘Internalised bias.’ ‘Writing outside of your experiences.’ ‘Issues with your work’. ‘High level issues’. An interesting technique of the Left is never to name the target of their concerns, but to use a cross between management-speak and Neuro-Linguistic Programming to leave you in no doubt as to what it is. I love ‘writing outside of your experiences’. That is, you know, sort of what fiction writers do. Otherwise it’s called a diary. What they mean, of course, is whites writing black characters into their novels.
So what is it? What do the Left want, in the world of fiction? Let’s look at a case study. This is from The New York Times in December 2017;
‘Late last year, the novelist Keira Drake announced that her publisher was giving away copies of her upcoming young adult novel, “The Continent,” a fantasy set in a world where two nations have been at war for centuries. “It’s raining books!” she wrote.
Her enthusiasm was quickly punctured. Online reviews poured in, and they were brutal. Readers pounced on what they saw as racially charged language in the descriptions of the warring tribes and blasted it as “racist trash,” “retrograde” and “offensive.” Ms. Drake and her publisher, Harlequin Teen, apologized and delayed the book’s publication.
In the year since, “The Continent” has changed drastically. Harlequin hired two sensitivity readers, who vetted the narrative for harmful stereotypes and suggested changes. Ms. Drake spent six months rewriting the book, discarding descriptions like her characterization of one tribe as having reddish-brown skin and painted faces. The new version is due out in March.’
Now we can see clearly. In the future, every novel will have been vetted for racial quotas, negative stereotypes, inappropriate language, racial insensitivity and all the other colours in the kiddie’s paintbox the Left use to control thought.
Of course, the publishing industry is shooting itself in the bollocks on this one. When every novel written is a bland paste made from magic negroes, wide-eyed and wonderful Pakistani girls, brave people in wheelchairs, transgender folk fighting society’s iniquities, Muslims weeping over Islamophobia, and the evil whites who cause all of this – because that is the corollary to the promoted victim identities – people will stop reading them.
This is all good, partly because Joanna Smith-Thompson, and all the other popsies who run British publishing, will have to look for proper jobs, and they won’t be able to get them. Also, it is highlighting the importance of self-publishing. I met a charming English girl here in Costa Rica last year who had self-published a teenage science-fantasy novel which had done quite well. She told me – although I have not confirmed this – that something like 60% of the UK bestseller list is comprised of self-published books.
Now, these are non-fiction, but Tommy Robinson’s Enemy of the State and Raheem Kassam’s Enoch was Right both stormed up the best-seller charts, despite a media blackout. Thus, the media is mattering less and less, and independent voices more and more.
Sensitivity readers are not going to control the thoughts of intelligent people. All they will do is turn people away from conventional publishing. Read ‘em and weep.