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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I'm a scab?

Came across this bizarre rant by the current VP of SFWA:

I'm also opposed to the increasing presence in our organization of webscabs, who post their creations on the net for free. A scab is someone who works for less than union wages or on non-union terms; more broadly, a scab is someone who feathers his own nest and advances his own career by undercutting the efforts of his fellow workers to gain better pay and working conditions for all. Webscabs claim they're just posting their books for free in an attempt to market and publicize them, but to my mind they're undercutting those of us who aren't giving it away for free and are trying to get publishers to pay a better wage for our hard work. --Dr. Howard V. Hendrix


It is amazing how one mind can synthesize the absolute worst elements of left-wing pseudo morality and right-wing authoritarianism, and combine it with a false analogy that manages to insult a long history of people actually dying to try to receive bare subsistence wages in 19th and early 20th century industrial sweatshops. Yeah, I'm stealing food out of starving children's mouths by posting on an effing-Blog. This guy is so reactionary, he probably is upset at the impact movable type has had on penmanship. It is hard for me to figure out how you could cram more bad ideas on economics, markets, technology, individual liberty and intellectual property rights in such a small space.

Did I mention he is the current VP of SFWA?