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  •  I hear echoes... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...of modern American politics and the echoes I hear are from the Tea Party, I'm afraid. It's a polite fiction, it's literarally satisfying in a David vs. Goliath kind of way.

    When Mannie or Prof tell us that govt. just doesn't do anything worthwhile, I'm at odds with the book: not schools, not fire departments, not police (explicitly we're told Loonies can defend their own warrens) not infrastructure, not culture and not even the defense that most Libertarians would say is a valid function of a central government.

    For Heinlein government is the enemy, Reaganism ahead of its time. TMIaHM's a great read and a serious challenge to my beliefs. Might even have worked in the American colonies (Libertarianism) or Luna 21st century but we are, I believe, expected to extend this ideal to the US.

    The reason for forming a govt. here is to get a new working relationship with Earth and then back to the individual and family as control for society. Am I 100% certain this would fail? No. Nor do I think it would actually work out with a kind of frontier law.

    "Always remember this: They fight with money and we resist with time, and they’re going to run out of money before we run out of time." -Utah Philips

    by TerryDarc on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 03:50:02 PM PDT

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    •  Oh,Yeah; I Hear the Echoes Too... (2+ / 0-)
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      ... And that was one of the reasons I chose this book to discuss.

      One thing that struck me, which I mentioned in one of the earlier diaries, is Wyoh's story.  The reason why she got invovled in politics is because when she was transported to the Moon, she had been exposed to radiation from a solar storm while the Authority bureaucrats kept the ship she was on waiting on the surface.  This exposure later resulted in her giving birth to a horrificly mutated child.  Her realization that the Authority just didn't care about the lives of the people on Luna made her want to change things.

      But Heinlein never goes back to that.  Because the truth is, his Libertarian Utopia wouldn't care either.  The only thing that would have saved Wyoh from the radiation exposure that doomed her yet unconcieved child would have been, get ready for it... GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS AND OVERSIGHT!!!

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

      by quarkstomper on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 05:22:54 PM PDT

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