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  •  The Only Game (2+ / 0-)
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    Mannie, in Mistress, has a dim view of politics, viewing it as the provinence of yammerheads; but Wyoh sees it as a challenge and Prof openly enjoys it.

    In Double Star, which is almost entirely about Politics in Space, the hero, repulsed by the dirty tricks of their opponents, complains that "Politics is a dirty game."  Another character corrects him; (quoting from memory here): "Politics is the only game for grown-ups.  All the rest are kid stuff."

    Which links back to the underlying theme I find in a lot of Heinlein's work; that the Individual, no matter how ruggedly independent he may be, also has a Responsibility to the Community he lives in.

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 12:24:56 PM PDT

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    •  Exactly (1+ / 0-)
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      And that is what make Heinlein NOT a Randian. He assumes ultimate personal responsibility, but is still committed to helping his greater community.

      "Shared pain is pain lessened; shared joy is joy increased."--Spider Robinson

      by Maggie Pax on Tue Aug 02, 2011 at 04:19:04 PM PDT

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