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Radical Dirigibles- Black Socialists, Anarchists, Reformers and Airships
“Socialism is the preparation for that higher Anarchism; painfully, laboriously we mean to destroy false ideas of property and self, eliminate unjust laws and poisonous and hateful suggestions and prejudices.” – H.G. Wells
Steampunk (beyond even its literary creations) has sparked numerous discussions and debates on race, slavery, colonialism, gender, class and sexuality. More than any other genre of speculative fiction, it forces us to confront our more immediate past, and has an active cadre that launches criticism upon anything that appears to fantasize, apologizes or fails to acknowledge the disparities and inequities of these by-gone eras. It makes steampunk a fractured genre, where the donning of a simple article of clothing or a decision to write about some obscure bit of the past, can spark debates or whole blogs on racism, cultural appropriation, gender inequality and [insert-your-privilege-here]-splaining. And that’s a GOOD thing.
Throughout the interwebs this has created entire forums expressly designed to discuss, celebrate, unpack and bring to light these more “radical” expressions–”radical” if only in their break with the normative.
Steampunk is political because our past, especially our recent past, is steeped in the political. Our very “rememberings”–or silences–on that past is political. And there’s no escaping that. Steampunk forces us to think of our past in inherently political ways, and to have some understanding of that past if we wish to recreate and re-imagine it.
Any suggestion for some steampunk and/or dieselpunk comics?