Over at The Poor Man Institute voting is underway for the 2008 Wingnut Awards. The nominees for The Creamy Baileys Nobel Peace Prize for Science, 2008 are Chad Myers, Camille Paglia, Charlie Daniels, Gregg Easterbrook and James Inhofe. Hmmm…


  1. #1 Dano
    December 26, 2008

    The Editors is teh funneh.

    Tim, you should start an award too. Simply compiling from certain categories oughta do it.



  2. #2 Bernard J.
    December 27, 2008

    Perhaps a Nobble Prize for Hinderance of Science, or a NoBull Prize for Literature.

    Or a NoBubble Prize in Exponential Economics? A NoBile Prize in Medicine?

    The possibilities are endless, as are the candidates for the categories…

  3. #3 Marion Delgado
    December 28, 2008


    I havent been very organized but I may post somewhere (my sci-fi is fascist blog might be the place) an ongoing troll race (for dumbity) and perhaps I should decree a prize as well.

    maybe I can start a trend. People like horse races.

  4. #4 Barton Paul Levenson
    December 28, 2008

    I am an SF writer who does not write fascist anything.

  5. #5 Dano
    December 28, 2008

    As long as your awards are teh funneh, Marion.



  6. #6 Marion Delgado
    December 29, 2008

    barton paul, i am a sweeping generalizationist*. We’re used to the oppression of a hostile mob for our traditional views. go ahead, disparage our simple folkways!

    Even when I was a member of the Libertarian Party of Alaska and of the national Libertarian Party I would have described that organization as economic royalism and nothing more (I was hoping for reform from within ala the geolibertarians, but that’s out of the question) and therefore having a built-in preference for fascism (as people like Milton Friedman have demonstrated, that’s the preferred political structure for market fundamentalists). That wouldn’t have made me a fascist of course, just a time-waster.

    My blog would have better been described as saying American science fiction had a predominant trend that I would describe as being like a commercial break on behalf of the sponsor, fascism. Perfectly good novels would be routinely interrupted with Randian didactic ranting, jingosim, militarism, etc. It’s why, I told my friends, I couldn’t get through the vast majority of American science fiction.

    As someone who has lived in both the “East” and “West” during the Cold War period, I would say a couple of American genres – the “xxx-thriller” and science fiction – are more ideological in a right-wing direction than, say, Julian Semyonov’s Tom Clancy-like work was in a pro-Soviet direction.

    **my branch does not practice Glib Assertions and celebrates Pangloss in March, instead of February.

  7. #7 Ken Houghton
    January 5, 2009

    As usual, the easiest target is winning big.

    Otoh, this year the tastelessly-named Gregg deserves to, and Inhofe’s relatively strong second (70% between them) is encouraging.

    Then again, voting for Camille Paglia for anything may just be too difficult for the average Poor Man.

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