An excellent article on politics and writing. Should we care if readers disagree with an author’s political standpoint?
I think we’re all aware that these are very dynamic if not outright volatile times in politics and that we’re deeply divided into camps. People feel the need to speak out and – whether well informed and polite or raging and ignorant – discussions often seem to reach an impasse.
I’ve been rightfully told I might lose readers over voicing political opinions. Yet, I wonder if that’s important at all. I believe that what some people call my political colouring (whatever that is), that colouring will find itself in my writing one way or another. How you portray the poor or the rich, the privileged and the disadvantaged, how you show human conflict and dilemmas – all that gives your attitude towards others and society in general away.
I don’t consider myself right or left necessarily. You wouldn’t find me in an anarchist bar, nor at a neo-Nazi rally. I side with evidence…
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