Conservative Authors Sue Regnery Publishing Over Royalties - The New York TimesAs much schadenfreude as I get from this story of conservative authors suing the ultra-right-wing Regnery press, what prompted me to post is the quote below. The authors accuse Regnery of selling books very cheaply to wholly owned subsidiaries such as the “Conservative Book Club”, thus reducing the royalties paid to authors.
"The difference between 10 cents and $4.25 is pretty large when you multiply it by 20,000 to 30,000 books," Mr. Miniter said. "It suddenly occurred to us that Regnery is making collectively jillions of dollars off of us and paying us a pittance." He added: "Why is Regnery acting like a Marxist cartoon of a capitalist company?"I love the cognitive dissonance. The thought process implied here starts with tribalism: "everyone in my tribe is good and everyone in your tribe is bad", taken to the next level: "everything bad is in your tribe". If a conservative business is acting poorly, by definition it's acting non-conservatively. E.g., it's impossible for anything sharing my ideology to be bad, so it must actually have your ideology. It must be a betrayal.
Any similarity to the mainstream conservative thought these last years, or to the stabbed in the back meme, is no doubt coincidental.