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  •  I read it in the 80s. I thought it was interesting (1+ / 0-)
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    and thought provoking in many ways, but there were strong hints of Heinlein's Libertarianism, especially in the end where Mannie complains that Loonies have to pay taxes now and get various services in return for them.

    It was apparent to me then, as now, that in an environment as hostile as the moon, resources that we take for granted -- like oxygen and water -- would have to be carefully managed, husbanded, and recycled to make the domes and connecting tunnels habitable. As we know even from Earth experience, the unregulated marketplace cannot provide this. A government role of some sort is inevitable. Mannie takes this as an imposition, since for me it looks like common sense.

    BTW, Anarchism isn't rational because people aren't rational, not entirely, though we're capable of reason. Jefferson, which "the Prof" claims as an inspiration, never advocated the abolition of government.

    A non-statist society would have to be a tribal society, a loose confederation of clans (kinship groups) reinforced by marriage alliances and perhaps other ties. As we know from Earth history, it would be a society of very low technical development; not a futuristic society like Heinlein's Luna with self-aware computers.

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    by Kimball Cross on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 08:19:26 AM PDT

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    •  Prof's Anarchism (3+ / 0-)

      Prof calls himself a "Rational Anarchist" not because he believes anarchy itself is rational, but because he is willing to ditch his anarchist principles when he feels it is rational to do so.  In the same manner, he is a "rational vegetarian."  He generally doesn't eat meat; but if he hasn't eaten in nearly a day and he smells ham cooking... "Manuel, may I have some of that 'pink salmon'...?"

      Other than that, I agree with what you're saying.

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

      by quarkstomper on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 09:50:26 AM PDT

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