Authors and politics

Running shoes making a splashOnce again, I’m seeing pressure on social media for authors to stop expressing our political views.

“It isn’t businesslike,” the censurers say. “Readers who don’t like your political opinions won’t buy your books.”

It’ll probably come as no surprise that I reject that crap.

I’m political. As an author and in my personal life. I’m a green socialist because I’m mature and evolved. And I’m vocal about it because I’m appalled at what we’re doing to the world and to our fellow humans.

One thing’s for certain: if you don’t like my political tweets and posts, you won’t like my books.

And of course there’s a reasonable chance that if you don’t have a problem with my political tweets and posts, then you will like my books.

I’m glad we had this opportunity to clear that up. 🙂

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8 Responses to Authors and politics

  1. Aiona says:

    I agree. It’s silly to hide who you are. I guess my beef is when an author just goes ballistic on people for not agreeing with them. Far more effective to educate one’s populace. Humor helps. What’s that saying, “Honey catches more flies than vinegar.” Although to be honest, that’s not true. I saw something on Pinterest about how to catch fruit flies, and you put vinegar in a little jar, and make a paper funnel up top that makes it into a kind of minature crab-trap, and it WORKED! We’d been inundated with fruit flies for weeks, and with that vinegar trap, they were eliminated within a few days…. crazy huh?

    • David Bridger says:

      Hi, Aiona. Hooray for your vinegar trap! 🙂

      I think, yes, humour helps, but most of all honesty does.

  2. Love this. I’m more an apolitical minarchist, but I still love ya anyway 😉

    Our beliefs make us what we are.

  3. Erin says:

    It’s one of those things that we each have to decide for ourselves. Goodness knows there are authors whose work I enjoyed when younger that, having now read screeds of their personal thoughts online, I can’t bring myself to read again.

    I share the occasional political article on FB or Twitter (generally resharing something that showed up in my feed), but I don’t usually go out of my way to talk about my beliefs. Does that make me wishy-washy? Eh, so be it.

    • David Bridger says:

      Not at all, Erin. No one could ever accuse you of being wishy-washy!

      As you say, this is something each of us must decide for ourselves. When people try to persuade those of us who want to speak that we shouldn’t speak, is when I get prickly. 😉

      • Erin says:

        Oddly enough, I believe in free speech. (I also believe in consequences of one’s speech, which some people seem to think interferes with their freedom.) So I would never try to tell someone they shouldn’t talk about what they want to. 😀

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