its far easier to point out the flaws of a bad government than to make a really libertarian one (atlas shrugged comes to mind). In 1632, the story allows for free trade and how great it is, so in that sense it is libertarian, but that said everyone keeps wanting to fight a bunch of wars. To have a truly libertarian government requires peace. you can have libertarian aspects of government like free trade or religious freedom but as long as you are fighting wars nobody can truly be free as far as the governments concered cause they have to "protect" you. I also like the idea that ideas will change the world more than the technology. That said the series goes down hill from the first book. Although its fun reading about what happens when an unfriendly government captures an "uptimer". and I love the fact that they mention oliver cromwell in a good light.
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