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 specific was fairly high though. So where are the steampunk Republicans? Are they hiding because they’re afraid they’re in the minority? Do they even exist?
Probably, they do, but they’re less interested in politics than their leftist counterparts. The political tweets that I encountered were usually activist in tone, supportive of the Occupy Wall Street movement for instance. Many conservatives might simply not bother to get involved in a discussion about it whereas people on the fringe of the political spectrum, left and right, tend to believe that everything is political.
Then again, it may simply be that steampunk is more popular on the left than it is on the right but in a country where people who identify as “conservative” outnumber liberals two to one, that would tell us more about steampunk than about politics in America.