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The Volokh Conspiracy is a libertarian-ish legal blog. It has recently had two posts discussing the biography.

The first is from an academic lawyer who writes about political ignorance -- that voters often vote without enough information to make rational decisions -- and found support for his arguments in Heinlein's run for office in the 1930s.

The second is more of a "I liked the book and here's why" post, but I think Bill Patterson will be gratified to see that the book is making some of points he wanted it to make.

Read the comments in both -- some wise observations, some idiots, with much in between.


Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:42 am
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BillMullins wrote:
The Volokh Conspiracy is a libertarian-ish legal blog. It has recently had two posts discussing the biography.

The first is from an academic lawyer who writes about political ignorance -- that voters often vote without enough information to make rational decisions -- and found support for his arguments in Heinlein's run for office in the 1930s.

The second is more of a "I liked the book and here's why" post, but I think Bill Patterson will be gratified to see that the book is making some of points he wanted it to make.

Read the comments in both -- some wise observations, some idiots, with much in between.

I saw this yesterday. There are quite anumber of points I would like to discuss with these people, but clearing out the deadwood of their preconceptions and only vague grasp of political principles is a daunting task.


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Post Re: Mention at Volokh Conspiracy
BillPatterson wrote:
BillMullins wrote:
The Volokh Conspiracy is a libertarian-ish legal blog. It has recently had two posts discussing the biography.

The first is from an academic lawyer who writes about political ignorance -- that voters often vote without enough information to make rational decisions -- and found support for his arguments in Heinlein's run for office in the 1930s.

The second is more of a "I liked the book and here's why" post, but I think Bill Patterson will be gratified to see that the book is making some of points he wanted it to make.

Read the comments in both -- some wise observations, some idiots, with much in between.

I saw this yesterday. There are quite anumber of points I would like to discuss with these people, but clearing out the deadwood of their preconceptions and only vague grasp of political principles is a daunting task.


Oh my; if I've discovered anything over my 67 years of hanging around on this Earth, it is that the old phrase "'twas ever thus" deserves recognition as an axiom. I thought this before the personal computer era, and with the advent of Usenet followed by weblogs, etc., think it even moreso. Bill Patterson's specific observations about Bill Mullin's call-out of the Volokh blog providing a perfect example. Honest as my attempt was, I failed to wade through all 72 comments on the article Bill M. cited - my monitor was in mortal danger from an adverse impact from my mouse. Sigh.

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