Saturday, June 10, 2006
  Age of Tolerance



A while back I wrote an illustrated micro-story in the dhimmitopia vein, and bemoaned the fact that no full-length dhimmitopias were available. I was wrong. There are at least two. I've been reading one, 'Age of Tolerance' by Glenn Reinsford, who also authors the Religion of Peace news site.

It's riveting. I've been reading it instead of sleeping. Not good for me, but a fine recommendation for the book!

Reinsford isn't Dickens or Steinbeck; his bag of authorial tricks is limited, so the start and the major transitions are a bit clumsy. Overall, though, the book is every bit as good as 'alternate histories' by big-name authors. Once you get past the first couple of pages, the plot and characters will absorb you entirely.

'Age of Tolerance' isn't instantly apocalyptic; it simply starts with al-Gore being elected in 2000, and takes us convincingly into a world where Diversity and Tolerance lead to slow surrender.

I wanted to comment on it just now because Reinsford makes the 9/11 'Jersey Girls' [and their descendants in the alternate future] a central part of the book. Reinsford's point is the same one that Ann Coulter is pushing: the Jersey Girls have in fact become absolute tools of the Left who enjoy exerting the Infallible Power of Victimhood more than anything else in life.

An especially egregious example is visible on C-Span this weekend. The Jersey Girls are issuing new Ex Cathedra Dicta to a congressional committee, and Useful Idiot Chris Shays is near tears as he genuflects to the Dicta.

A couple years ago the Girls ordered FBI and NSA to do a better job of connecting the dots. This time they are ordering NSA to STOP connecting the dots because it turns out their own Leninist organizations and traitorous associates are among the dots. Could hardly be more transparent, and Useful Idiot Shays is lapping it all up.

While Reinsford may have intended his history to be alternate, I'm afraid it's more actual than alternate, and I'm afraid the 'branch of time' beginning with al-Gore is not significantly different from the 'branch' that starts with Kindler Gentler George.
 


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