It felt good to read fiction again. It has been too long. 🙂 And it felt good to read Heinlein again. I went through a stage where I read a ton of his stuff, but his is one (I think) I missed.
This story has been mentioned as a classic for libetarian politics. Not much to say beyond that, and only a couple of quotes:
- I will accept any rules that you feel necessary to your freedom. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free becuase I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
- Where do you start explaining when a man’s words show there isn’t anything he understands about a subject, instead is loaded with preconceptions that don’t fit facts and doesn’teven know he has?
For the 1st quote, I have been comparing that to “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose” (Janis Joplin)