Posted by: CJ | December 1, 2010

More Heinlein

I find it interesting that The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Hobbes start with really similar premises and go in completely opposite directions. They both start with a basically lawless, stateless society. Hobbes thinks they’ll create a strong monarchy so the weak can be protected and allowed to be productive. More or less. Heinlein thinks strong social cohesion and traditions will, at least on a futuristic moon, create some semblance of a rationalist anarchy.

Don’t really know what to make of it. But it’s an interesting contrast.


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