Yeah so, I have some conservative friends. Mostly my politics lean liberal, but on some issues, my stance aligns with conservatives (although I rarely hold it for the same reasons as others). That essay? Is the kind of thing that contributed to me not going back to WisCon, because I don't like when people pick on my friends. I want fandom and publishing to be inclusive. If they're not, then I get pissy and don't want to go to those parties. I mean if I wanted to do the clique thing I would hang out with mundanes. :/
The instigating topic, awards ... meh. I haven't been impressed with Hugos and Nebulas. Rhysling, Lambda, and Tiptree are more likely to have something with higher literary merit in my observation. But it's easy for people to get into arguments over awards, and I'm just not into the drama llama race. I would rather read books than pick fights over them.