Subject: Re: cost, value, price
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 17:41:24 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen
| No, it's the other great Libertarian intellectual -- Robert Heinlein.

  That must be the worst insult on this newsgroup so far.  Heinlein himself
  expressed extreme disgust with the Libertarians who took him to heart --
  they had, in his view, grasped exactly nothing about what he had tried to
  do, which seems to be a recurring theme among authors who are taken to
  heart by Libertarians.  What Heinlein did so well was write credible
  stories that explored political views that differed in important ways
  from today's prevailing views with credible what-if--scenarios based on
  possible technological futures.  They are in fact so credible that people
  who had read Stranger in a Strenge Land wrote him angry letters accusing
  him of betraying them when they read his more "military society" books,
  which they apparently found equally credible.  Heinlein was the author
  who taught me what "suspension of disbelief" was _really_ about, but it
  is a suspension, not an abdication, like the Libertarians tend to think.

  In a fight against something, the fight has value, victory has none.
  In a fight for something, the fight is a loss, victory merely relief.