Jim Quinn uses Robert Heinlein’s masterpiece as his point of departure for an extended analysis of our totally screwed up world. From Quinn at theburningplatform.com:
“Secrecy begets tyranny.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
“Thinking doesn’t pay. Just makes you discontented with what you see around you.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
When I read quotes by men like H.L. Mencken and Robert Heinlein, I realize I’m not really a stranger in a strange land, even though I feel that way most of the time. These cynical, critical thinking, libertarian minded gentlemen understood government tended towards corruption and tyranny, the populace tended towards ignorance and distraction, and reality eventually teaches a harsh lesson to fools, knaves and dumbasses.
Sometimes we think the current day worldly circumstances are new and original, when human nature, politicians, and governments never really change. When Mencken and Heinlein were writing and providing social commentary during the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, they observed the same fallacies, foolishness, lack of self-responsibility, government malfeasance, and inability of the majority to think critically, that are rampant in society today.
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From Robert Heinlein (1907-1988), American science fiction writer:
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 because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
From Robert Heinlein (1907–1988), American science fiction, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966):
There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.
From Robert Heinlein (1907–1988), American science fiction writer:
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
From Robert Heinlein (1907–1988), American science fiction writer, Starship Troopers (1959):
Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost
From Robert Heinlein (1907–1988), American science-fiction writer, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966):
The trouble with conspiracies is that they rot internally.
From Robert Heinlein (1907-1988), American science-fiction writer. Time Enough for Love (1973):
A generation which ignores history has no past — and no future.