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  •  Another fine summary (14+ / 0-)

    Many consider this Heinlein's best work.

    Certainly, libertarians embrace many of the ideas espoused herein, but Heinlein does make it clear that the libertarian "paradise" is fleeting--if not illusory.

    Prof's definition of rational anarchy from Ch. 6--an appealing philosophy--recognizes that most people are far from perfect. And even Prof engages in serious political and financial fraud. He justifies his actions by pointing out that the alternative is environmental catastrophe--with the resulting human catastrophe. Do the ends justify the means? In this novel, yes. Prof is depicted as a good and nobel man acting in the best interest of Luna's people (who are kept unaware of the big picture).

    I wonder, would we be willing to sacrifice our political and financial freedom to prevent our own environmental catastrophe? Prof had (via Mike) a 1 in 10 chance of success. Our odds are becoming increasingly poor. And it is increasingly difficult to recognize who is actually acting in our best interests.

    Prof is willing to take personal responsibility for the decisions he makes (although he is able to keep most of his actions secret). In his case, the gamble paid off. In our case, as we face the ultimate catastrophe, how many of our principles--if any--will we sacrifice for the greater good? And who will judge us?

    No one, if we fail.

    And don't think Heinlein didn't understand the price of failure.

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

    by Maggie Pax on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 07:37:59 PM PDT

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