I’m a Socialist. I believe that the world should be shared equally and I despise the fact that a tiny minority of super rich people can control everyone else simply because they have money and money is power. Without going too deep into the current political landscape and what is being done by our current government to everyday people and the most vulnerable in our society, I’m firmly on the side of the Socialist Left. In fact, the sharing of land and equal, mutual hard work for the benefit of each other also touches on the ethics of many subcultures such as steampunk and solarpunk.
There’s a lot of debate at the moment about where steampunk starts and ends. I think a lot of people are missing the point because steampunk doesn’t end anywhere. It goes into the future. They say “Dieselpunk starts at the 1940s and 50s”. That’s true, but it doesn’t mean that steampunk ends there. In a steampunk universe, World War 2 and beyond can still happen, but the weaponry and clothing would retain an element of the late 19th/early 20th century design. Continue reading “What came before steampunk?”