In reality, aside from making threatening noises and encouraging others to do the same, Beale is weak and ineffective. He’s potent only as a bad example and an impetus to cringe. After that, he’s most notable for being able to achieve none of the things he’d like to. A short list:
- Make himself anything but a liability to those he works with.
- Provoke the greatest number of words supporting a specific change to the Hugo process.
- Keep people from making fandom more inclusive.
- Keep fandom from loving the work it loves.
- Keep people from criticizing reactionary work.
- Keep publishers from fixing reactionary work.
- Get himself back into the professional association for his field.
- Make science back up his supremacist fantasies.
- Own his own rhetoric.
- Reverse the effects of religious liberalization and nonbelief.
- Win a debate on inclusive culture on its merits.
- Win a Hugo on the merits of his work.
Face it, aside from threats, Beale’s got nothing going for him. And while those threats are an ugly thing to be on the end of, they’re not getting him any closer to his goals. If anything, he is his own worst argument for his positions.