Something I noticed reading the Twitter feeds of a number of American steampunk enthusiasts: they’re all anti-Republican.
I hesitate to say they’re Democrats, because the party might be too centrist for them. The number of disparaging tweets about conservatives in general, and Republican legislators and presidential candidates in particular, was high, though.
So where are the steampunk Republicans? Are they hiding? Do they even exist?
Probably they do, but they’re less interested in politics than their leftist counterparts.
The political tweets that I read were usually activist in tone, supportive of the Occupy Wall Street movement, for instance. Many conservatives may simply not bother whereas people on the far left and far right think everything is political.
Then again, it may simply be that steampunk is more popular on the left than it is on the right. In a country where people who identify as “conservative” outnumber liberals two-to-one, though, that would tell us more about steampunk than it would about politics in America.