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Whoa! Who here knows who Robert A. Heinlein is?

R.A. Heinlein, [on] 20th-century democracies:

"Those noble experiments failed because the people had been led to believe that they could simply vote for whatever they wanted and get it, without toil, without sweat, without tears."

-I love this guy!


I always hated how bad Starship Troopers was, especially the acting and stupid catchphrases, "you kill bugs good". But I've watched the movie literally 25 times and I think I've discovered why. There are great little nuggets of hardcore truth interspersed in there, along with Denise Richards boobies. Amen, what a combo.

Also, this:

"Ah, yes, the 'unalienable rights.' Each year someone quotes that magnificent poetry. Life? What 'right' to life has a man who is drowning in the Pacific? The ocean will not hearken to his cries. What 'right' to life has a man who must die if he is to save his children? If he chooses to save his own life, does he do so as a matter of 'right'? If two men are starving and cannibalism is the only alternative to death, which man's right is 'unalienable'? And is it 'right'?

As to liberty, the heroes who signed that great document pledged themselves to buy liberty with their lives. Liberty is always unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it is always vanquished. 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."

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An Asimov character

Salvor Hardin, of psychohistory fame. But yeah, Heinlein's are more memorable -- the judge from Stranger in a Strange Land, asking the First Witness "what color is that house on the hill?" and she responded, "it's white on this side." Loved that.

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Looks to me like

if I had the money our libraries would be almost duplicates! Those that you have marked would be my favorites also! BTW: I found Rolling Stones as a free download for the Kindle.

i didn't downvote it, but

i didn't downvote it, but heinlein was definitely a little weird. he was a bit too bi-sexual for me. He created The Church Of All Worlds - and it is a 501 charity thing. it's a little creepy, man. It was rumoured that he was friends with the other sci-fi write, L. Ron Hubbard, and they both made a bet to see whose religion would be the most popular.

i read some of heinlein, he was o.k. but there was definitely a side that was a little freaking weird. like stranger in a strange land, everyone is having sex with everyone, and it really does freak me out, looking back on it.



I'm a pretty big fan of secks. I think I'll read that one right after starship troopers ;-P lol

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Given that you liked the

Given that you liked the movie of "Starship Troopers" and haven't read the book, I recommend the Verhoeven "secks" movies instead. He made both "Basic Instinct" and "Showgirls", two movies which were essentially soft-core porn with a plot.

"Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered." -- Cicero

I read Starship Troopers many

I read Starship Troopers many years ago. I'm a big sci-fi fan. I think it may be worthwhile to reread this book (still on my shelf) with a my new liberty lenses on.

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A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein


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I posted this one on my dad's facebook page

p.s. I'm pumped that Mark Twain posted on one of my posts!!! Like, Omg

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Glad to see someone

Glad to see someone discovering Heinlein. All senior liberty folks(pre-Paul) should know him well. If not by name, by TANSTAAFL by some minimum.

A few more Heinlein quotes.

These are from "The Notebooks of Lazarus Long" which was part of the long novel, Time Enough For Love:

Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss.

The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract.

An elephant: A mouse built to government specifications.

Any government will work if authority and responsibility are equal and coordinate. This does not insure “good” government; it simply insures that it will work. But such governments are rare--most people want to run things but want no part of the blame. This used to be called the “backseat-driver syndrome.

Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.

In a mature society, “civil servant” is semantically equal to “civil master.”

He was a great, great science fiction writer. If you're not familiar with his work, try out The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, definitely his most libertarian book. He wrote a whole bunch of young adult books which are also superb, notably Red Planet, Time for the Stars, The Rolling Stones, Have Spacesuit Will Travel, and Tunnel in the Sky.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...


I think I will, thanks.

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