Great Book: The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

This past Christmas break I treated myself to a (third?) re-reading of Robert Heinlein’s science fiction classic, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. What a yarn. The rising generation needs to know about it, I thought, so I wrote a plug for it at Learn Liberty. A slice:

[D]on’t miss this book. Not only is it a gripping story, it is also an intriguing examination of government, governance, and politics. There is a lot to be learned about liberty here.

The book explores anarchism deeply throughout. Because the “Loonies” (the moon is known as “Luna”) are convicts or the descendants of convicts, and because they cannot escape Luna without boarding one of the government’s ships, the official government — the Lunar Authority, set up by the rulers on Earth — does not do much at all.

But in such a hostile physical environment, order is essential, and the Loonies have worked out for themselves a functioning system of governance without government, of rules without legislation.

Earth tries to impose “order.” The Loonies fight for their freedom. They “throw rocks.” Don’t miss it.

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