To keep politics out, or not?

Should a writer avoid the topical, particularly the political, given that it dates work or that politics and the topical is considered by many to be as dull as dishwater. Take TRUMP. (Please take him and put him away somewhere dark and silent.) Given that he is at the forefront of our world’s conscious, it would seem that any story set now or in our possibly reduced future, and dealing with more than the trivial or very local, could not avoid having his mucky boots walk across context. He is the rumble of impending earthquakes. He must – at least metaphorically – grumble away in the distance. Characters will operate in a world he has sullied, talk of things he has some influence over. They’ll be¬†¬†hotter than they should be, live places where climate performs aberrant actions. George Orwell said that all issues (and by these he meant, I’d assume, issues that characters worry over) are political. He also said that politics is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia…

Why is Galileo here? Think about it how the politics of his day got in the road of the practise of his science. You cannot write Galileo’s story without giving voice to that fact.

Galileo