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Heinlein, Martino, Libertarians, and Lifeboats
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Author:  beamjockey [ Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Heinlein, Martino, Libertarians, and Lifeboats

W. Patrick McCray, a historian of science and author of The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future, has blogged about "Robert Heinlein and the Harsh Politics of Science Fiction."
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I was also intrigued by how Heinlein imagined the politics of future space settlements toward the end of his life. This made me wonder whether his libertarian ideas, forged decades earlier, resonated with either the formal libertarian political movement (which really began to gel in the US in the early 1970s) or the Reagan-era’s focus on free markets and private enterprise. The answer was more complicated than I first imagined.

Among other things, Prof. McCray examines 1980s correspondence between Heinlein and futurist Joseph P. Martino.

He follows up with another blog entry, “This is grim death…” in which he describes Heinlein's advocacy of the Strategic Defense Initiative, a.k.a. The Other Star Wars, a.k.a. The Other High Frontier. And McCray is promising to write more, so stay tuned.

Author:  RobertPearson [ Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Heinlein, Martino, Libertarians, and Lifeboats

beamjockey wrote:
W. Patrick McCray, a historian of science and author of The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future, has blogged about "Robert Heinlein and the Harsh Politics of Science Fiction."
Quote:
I was also intrigued by how Heinlein imagined the politics of future space settlements toward the end of his life. This made me wonder whether his libertarian ideas, forged decades earlier, resonated with either the formal libertarian political movement (which really began to gel in the US in the early 1970s) or the Reagan-era’s focus on free markets and private enterprise. The answer was more complicated than I first imagined.

Among other things, Prof. McCray examines 1980s correspondence between Heinlein and futurist Joseph P. Martino.

He follows up with another blog entry, “This is grim death…” in which he describes Heinlein's advocacy of the Strategic Defense Initiative, a.k.a. The Other Star Wars, a.k.a. The Other High Frontier. And McCray is promising to write more, so stay tuned.


Very, very interesting. Thank you Bill, for pointing them out.

"Writing is merely the means by which I support myself and my household; it is not my vocation." "The problems of the next world war" are his "principal study."

That is the kernel that caught my eye, aside from the main points of the articles. His oath was a serious lifetime committment, whether in uniform or not.

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