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Live the Dream A Course in Moral Philosophy w/Heinlein’s biogrphr Bill Patterson

  • Jan 18, 2014 · 11:00 AM

"A Course in Moral Philosophy" (from Starship Troopers presented for many years at science fiction conventions) Paul Gibbons, Bill Patterson and Terry Brussel:
How do Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Stranger Land tell the same story? According to Bill Patterson (Heinlein's official biographer and founder of the Heinlein Journal in 1997 and co-founded the Heinlein Society with Virginia Heinlein in 1998. On January 1, 2000, Mrs. Heinlein phoned Bill and asked him to undertake the formal biography of her husband.) Heinlein himself said if you did not understand that, you missed the whole point of what he had to say.

From Wikipedia on Starship Troopers:
‘In the course of both the "current" plot and flashbacks [to both High School and Officer Candidate School in a required class called History and Moral Philosophy] Rico learns to take responsibility for ever-increasing groups: himself, his comrades, and eventually all of mankind (a shared responsibility, of course) - and accept that as the reason for remaining in the service. Further, Rico is seen to develop from relatively powerless

as an unimposing Filipino teenager to a very dangerous fighter.’

Then in Stranger in a Strange Land, Pg 422 [Michael Valentine Smith speaking to Jubal]
“ ‘Thou art God’ It’s not a message of cheer and hope, Jubal, It’s a defiance – and an unafraid unabashed assumption of personal responsibility.”

How do The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and the libertarian philosophy fit into all this?

Continuing the meeting, Paul Gibbons shares with us how the Free State Project is building a model for a co-operative non-violent society. This is a group of libertarian activists who have moved to New Hampshire with a view towards effecting a new paradigm in self-government. Some consider that the State is illegitimate. Others believe that working within the system will create a dialogue that will enable people of all political stripes to work together for a less oppressive system. Some of them have already been successful in getting elected to political offices in New Hampshire and rolling back some bad laws.

Pot Luck Lunch at 1 pm— We are celebrating Paul’s 60th Birthday! Bring roast beef, corn beef, salami, other delicious cold cuts and cheeses to share. He likes those. Vegetables and fruit also welcome. Live the Dream will provide breads/spreads for sandwiches plus cake and ice cream…Paul will share videos on the Free State Project and related topics in the afternoon.
Hot tub also available all afternoon.

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  • Terry Lee B.

    This meeting is about how Stranger in a Strange Land and Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein are really giving us the same message. Many people thought they were proof that Heinlein had a complete personality change when he wrote this thought provoking poly positive book so different from his youth novels. No way! These books are both about FREEDOM balanced with RESPONSIBILITY for yourself, your family, your tribe...your world. Bill Patterson, the ONLY writer who had access to Heinlein's complete archives, his letters, etc will also share with us how the author's own life faithfully reflected the poly philosophy he wrote about. This is the closest thing you'll find to being able to talk to and learn from Heinlein himself!

    January 15, 2014

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  • Terry Lee B.
    Founder of Live the Dream, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
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