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A political time warp appeared in my world a few days ago. I was out of commission for a couple of days for one of those standard older-person medical tests. (Yes, that one. And everything is fine.) A book offered a way to fill the time. We went to Barnes and Noble. My wife browsed, girl style. I shopped guy style — quickly, that is.
The book — a physical book with paper and words produced with ink — was Robert Heinlein’s “The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress,” a Baby Boomer science fiction classic first published in 1966. The new copy was from the 23rd printing of an edition that first appeared in 1997.
The time warp announced itself on the cover. “His (Heinlein’s) classic Hugo Award-winning novel of libertarian revolution,” it said. I thought “Libertarian” (with the capital “L”) was a current conversation, one led by former Gov. Gary Johnson. Maybe some of those Baby Boomers who read books such as this one managed to avoid being buried by sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll and brought the ideas forward as they turned into gray-haired, paunchy Tea Partiers and Libertarians.
As we are just past the Fourth of July, a quick review of ideas from Mistress seems worthwhile.
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