One of Holbos commenters strikes home with the comparison to science fiction. Can one read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress at least once every two years throughout adulthood and still support the Welfare Queen Party? Why, yes.
The Recreational Is Political
John Holbo continues to wrestle with whether he should be worried that people who read books similar to the Left Behind series (a genre that has been called "ApocoLit") can distinguish Biblical prophecies from, say, reality TV. Of course, this is the kind of condescension that does liberalism no favors, and Holbo owns up to the possibility that fundamentalist christians might be able to read Rapture porn and still participate in civil democracy no more impaired than closet nihilists like Grover Norquist.