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posted ago by GoldenPlains ago by GoldenPlains +25 / -0

Welcome to the discussion post for our read of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

Rules are pretty simple, don't spoil any of the upcoming chapters and keep discussion to chapters 5-8. Next week's chapters will cover 9-12.


Link to book: https://archive.org/details/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress_201701/mode/2up


Prevoius Threads:

Chapters 1-4


Previous Books:

Starship Troopers

Gulag Archipelago

Brave New World

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Ralt 5 points ago +6 / -1

It's funny to me, how exactly like Communists Libertarians can be, constantly focused on revolution, but the angle this books takes is thankfully smarter. Heinlein seems very aware that you only need a highly motivated percentage to enact a coup, and the way they don't shy away from violence, a lot of modern Libertarians could learn a thing or two about. It did make me laugh how they talked about Lenin's cadre but after learning about Lenin's trip to America and funding, it just comes off like Heinlein wasn't aware of his whole history.

It's funny to me how much I don't give a shit about the computer being trans, as it's a computer and not some 5 year old kid.

Wyoming feels like a man to me, but perhaps that's because I've never met a woman who pointedly cares about freedom, and certainly not to the point where they would do violence, gladly, to achieve it.

I certainly liked the Prof going on his spiel about "rational anarchy", as that is just how most people act online. Sure downloading copyrighted video is against the rules, but no one actively gives a shit and probably even the majority routinely break those rules. It also reminded me of learning about agorism, and realizing that I had been a natural agorist for all of my 20's, just funny to see it all written down and codified.

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cartoonericroberts 9 points ago +9 / -0

Heinlein had an- optimistic view of women.

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cartoonericroberts 4 points ago +4 / -0

Wherein Mike comes up with the Wu plan.

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subbookkeeper 3 points ago +3 / -0

Finally caught up.

I was pretty tired when I read that part but the description of a cell structure of no more than 3 at a time seemed pretty useful. I had real trouble picturing the structure as a whole at the time.

Having Mike and the Prof as exposition dumps/deus ex machina's is a bit of a cheap writing trick but it's not as jarring as when it happens in films and it's necessary to keep the length under 1000 pages.

Definitely enjoying it more once i've got used to the language style, the conversations with Mike are always fun to read.

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GoldenPlains [S] 1 point ago +1 / -0

Hey u/DomitiusOfMassilia can I get a sticky please, thanks.

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DomitiusOfMassilia [M] 3 points ago +3 / -0

Got it

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GoldenPlains [S] 1 point ago +1 / -0

You might have missed it but I posted the next thread here . If you could sticky it that would be great, thanks!