Children in the Snow
The clip found at the link above was recorded at a Liberty Con panel on the Monster Hunter International expanded universe Friday afternoon. Toni Weisskopf was moderating, and at the start, she felt moved to speak about her mission at Baen: to publish books that will inspire readers to build a world that is free, prosperous, and consequently welcoming to people - like her disabled daughter - who don't fit the standard mold. Subsequently, Sarah Hoyt, Larry Correia, and John Ringo spoke about why they write.
Listening to John Ringo's story in particular really brought home how knowledgeable many of Baen's authors are about the world and its unfortunate realities. They're not just first-world pulp writers with Disneyland conceptions of other nations; on the contrary, they've been abroad and seen these cultures up close and personal. I suspect that's why they are such passionate defenders of the West - and of the USA in particular. They've witnessed - and been scarred by - the alternatives.