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Another’s Happiness, Equal to Your Own <— Heinlein


In the later novel, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, a character refers to the earlier book’s comment: “Dr. Harshaw says that ‘the word ‘love’ designates a subjective condition in which the welfare and happiness of another person are essential to one’s own happiness.”

Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

Robert Anson Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in People, Philosophy, society

 

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Mandating Your Health is Tyranny <– Heinlein


“What I fear most are affirmative actions of sober and well-intentioned men, granting to government powers to do something that appears to need doing.”

There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.

— Robert Anson HeinleinThe Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1965)

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2012 in economic, Health, Philosophy, Politics

 

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Censorship for Babes <- Heinlein


illegal-steakThe whole principle is wrong. It’s like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can’t have steak.
Robert Heinlein, The Man Who Sold the Moon (1949), on censorship

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2009 in education, Politics

 

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Conscription is Slavery


draftNoticeConscription is slavery, and I don’t think that any people or nation has a right to save itself at the price of slavery for anyone, no matter what name it is called. We have had the draft for twenty years now; I think this is shameful. If a country can’t save itself through the volunteer service of its own free people, then I say: Let the damned thing go down the drain!

— Robert A. Heinlein, Guest of Honor Speech at the 29th World Science Fiction Convention, Seattle, Washington (1961)

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2009 in Politics

 

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