“Eberron” is a background world for the role playing game “Dungeons and Dragons” – one of the last to be created and showing the full influence of the “left coast” (California, Washington State…..) take over of the game – where P.C. (i.e. Frankfurt School) influences had come to be in control. in the way they see to control everything – from the most highbrow university to the most seemingly harmless game.
“Old Paul has gone totally paranoid this time, thinking that a form of roleplaying game could be a P.C. plot – Reds under the bed indeed”.
Hear me out. This is not just the little things such as using the female pronoun “she” where traditional English would use the word “he” – we go on from little P.C. stuff like that. We go on from there to such things as hobbits (sorry copyright lawyers I mean “halflings”) changed from fat jolly cooks to noble Red Indian (I mean “Native American”) warriors. And Goblins being the first humanoid civilisation and great builders and so on (after all we would not to be “racist” any more than “sexist” – all races and genders are equal….).
Religion (an important part of traditional fantasy games) – no good God or Goddess (sorry we are not allowed to say “Goddess” any more than we are “priestess” or “actress”) takes an active part in the world and no heaven is promised to individuals (although some believe in creating a better world in the material world – “collective salvation”?). It is implied (although not formally stated) that the Gods do not really exist as individual beings. But demons (incredibly powerful demons) exist – oh most certainly.
So an alliance between materialism (the good Gods [or God] do not really exist and there is no heaven – and mystical stuff, the powers of evil most certainly existing……
An alliance between “Attila” (the material force of the statists) and “the Witchdoctor” (mystical stuff of the evil sort) predicted by Ayn Rand?
The only immortality being physical immortality in the world – undeath, vampirism (among Elves a form of this undeath is presented as good) – rather like the “resurrection by science” promised by the Soviets in the 1930s. The Soviets (without knowing it?) echoing Merry Shelley’s novel (without understanding that the novel was, perhaps, meant to be a subtle attack on the ideas of Mary’s “Progressive” husband and his friends).
And there is more……
We have the semi disguised attack on corporations – with the great “Dragonmarked Houses” having a strangle hold over each major industry (with no individual officer of them owning land and so on) – and eliminating anyone who poses a threat to their stranglehold of the industry. What the f…. has this got to do with traditional D&D? Somehow the Corporations (sorry the “Dragonmarked Houses” ) have not only continued to operate on what Marxoids call a “transnational” basis in spite of a hundred years of war between the civilised nations (no doubt this century of war was created by George Walker Bush type “paranoid” and so on),but they have mostly profited from a hundred years of war – just like evil big business always does……
Lastly (although I could go on for a lot longer) we have….
In the land of Riedra humans live in great cities (well at least we have left the Green Druid and shaman stuff talked up in other lands).
These cities are bigger and more advanced than any other cities in the world – and the people are “industrious”, “honest”, they are “highly contended” and “crime and hardship are almost unheard of”.
“But Paul the land is ruled by evil spirits” – not quite, it is ruled by the “Inspired” physical human but whose minds are utterly controlled (much like people who have been conditioned by “Progressive” education…..) and the opposition to them….
Actually the opposition to them is presented as evil – many are “villains” who deal in illicit things as they believe that “morality no longer matters”, or they are evil “wizards and priests” whose ancestors ruled before the coming of the Inspired and who seek “power, wealth or other worldly pleasures” (oh the reactionary running dogs….)
For the wonderful cities of hundreds of thousands of people living better than anyone else in the world are based upon the population living “communally” you see – each person lives in a special zone (many never leave their zone) and all things (including mating) are done at the direction of the Inspired. The economy is totally state controlled and the civil society is utterly destroyed – and the result is prosperity and contentment.
No Ludwig Von Mises in left coast universities – nor in the roleplaying games those educated in modern universities take over. Collectivism works, equality matters above all, and there is no God beyond the state – only evil demons.
No wonder a generation that spent their time playing games like this (or went to the schools and universities that teach such “ideological superstructure”) turned into Barack Obama voters.
“Oh look little Timmy is playing D&D – and I am told it has changed, it is not racist and sexist any more”.
Yes mommy and daddy – it just teaches that you, and everyone else, should be utterly and completely enslaved.
But for-your-own-good and with a cover story that they do not really mean it – so that is O.K. then.