While race, gender and sexual orientation certainly don’t predetermine one’s political affiliations, it seems pointedly relevant that, during the Golden Age of SF, the prevailing laws and social conditions in the UK and the USA both made a certain type of visible dissent — or rather, visible dissent by a certain type of person — if not impossible, then certainly very difficult, regardless of the forum. What [Glenn Harlan] Reynolds sees as intellectual harmony, a sort of friendly détente between men who held very different political opinions, is, in fact, the end result of a system which privileged the works, views and personhood of men like them so far above the contributions of everyone else as to skew the results beyond usefulness. Golden Age SF wasn’t apolitical, and nor were its writers; rather, both were the products of an intensely political process

–Foz Meadows reminds us the default is political.