Robert Heinlein

26 May 2022 08:10 - 17 Jun 2023 08:29
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    • I was a big fan of Heinlein in my youth, and I went as far as using his work (specifically Citizen of the Galaxy) as the subject for an AP English essay in high school. Man could tell a story. Never bought into his politics though. I suspect my hobby of fighting with libertarians is an echo of me trying to cast off his influence.
    • [to be written – an account of his evolution from ? into libertarianism /fascism.]
    • God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent - it says so right here on the label. If you have a mind capable of believing all three of these attributes simultaneously, I have a wonderful bargain for you. No checks, please. Cash and in small bills. [Notebooks of Lazarus Long]
    • A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
    • This particular quote has achieved a kind of meme status in tech, it defines our version of machismo. There's nothing obviously wrong with it either. That and the Whole Earth Catalog are my models for valorizing general competence and capability. Heinlein's military background is obvious; Stewart Brand was also in the army and acknowledges that experience as important. It's a stance I guess.