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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Heinlein, Ron Paul and Stupid Libertarians

It seems like lately you can’t encounter the profile of a Ron Paul supporter or one of the dimmer libertarians, who are usually not libertarians but closet fascists living in some suburban enclave, without seeing a cute little reference to their love for the Robert Heinlein novel, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. I’ve seen it by Vox Day slash Theodore Beale. I’ve seen it in that bozo my cousin wrote about who tried to be four different minorities at the same time to promote Ron Paul. I see it everywhere.

Now the Moon is a Harsh Mistress is a Science Fiction novel about a kind of lunar Australia type penal colony with odd marriage setups that successfully revolts against Earth. It’s typically referenced by the dimmer libertarian as a libertarian novel, when it’s actually nothing of the kind. J.R.R. Tolkien created a whole train of bozos who thought Lord of the Rings was about getting high and seeing fairies. He wasn’t responsible for them but it helped insure that he avoided a lot of his fans. Robert Heinlein created a whole bunch of bozos, including Charles Manson, who had idiotic ideas about his work. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Stranger in a Strange Land are usually ground zero for bozoville.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is not a libertarian novel, at least not to those who actually read it and paid attention to the words on the page. Let’s sum up. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress features a revolt on Luna by three co-conspirators. The first is Wyoh, who names herself a member of the Fifth International, a quasi Marxist socialist organization. The second is Prof, a self-described rational anarchist who provides the ideology. The third is the narrator with an intelligent supercomputer who can do anything thrown in as a deus ex machina.

Between the three of them the revolt is organized with everyone else brought in as patsies. The government that’s put together in a shell and war is created through propaganda and a jingoistic campaign. The whole thing is run by these 3 people and 1 computer who don’t actually let anyone else in or it or let them make decisions. By the time the fighting is over, Prof and the computer, Mike, are dead. The Prof’s ideas about non-government are rejected and Luna comes to look just like everyplace else on Earth so that Manuel is thinking of leaving to go to the asteroids.

Does this sound like a libertarian novel? Not really. Decisions are made by a small handful of people. Any popular participation is a facade meant to fool the people they need on board. Everyone from the grain farmers to Manuel himself are lied to on a regular basis. The end result is that Luna is free but it becomes just like everyplace else. Even the female centered marriage system was not created by choice but because of a male female imbalance that isn’t likely to survive a new generation and the end of the penal colony when the imbalance is corrected.

So please stop citing The Moon is a Harsh Mistress as your inspiration to move to New Hampshire and burn tax forms. If anything the novel shows that a libertarian system doesn’t work. The revolt is if anything fascist, the aftermath cynically shows that the ideals of liberty in the end don’t last. Move on.

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