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A Course on Moral Philosophy: Liberty in our Politics and Our Lifestyles
January 20 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Led by Paul Gibbons, Libertarian activist.
Heinlein was a champion of a largely self-sufficient society, encouraging people to learn the basics of survival and self reliance. Principles of respect for persons and property and commitment to duty and honoring the dignity of competence were described at length in many of his books, including Starship Troopers, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Stranger in a Strange Land.
Many people believe Stranger in a Strange Land and Starship Troopers are complete opposites. Heinlein himself stated that if a reader did not get it that both of these books are about the same thing, they have completely missed the point of all of his writings. Both these books and Moon is a Harsh Mistress are about personal responsibility for the state of your own life, the happiness of those you care for, and the safety and freedom of the village (or the planet) in which you live. This includes the government we choose and the lifestyles we live.
Science fiction has been consistently pointing the way to the future in science, technology, and politics. Heinlein and others made considerable inroads into other areas of life and philosophy. What inferences can we make from the questions posed in these works of fiction that can serve us today and into the future? Come discuss these issues as we unpack the great ideas we have admired in our favorite stories and work back to the first principles that would make these worlds and ours more successful.
1 pm Pot Luck Lunch Bring something healthy and delicious to share
2-4 pm Group discussions or hot tub
Paul may share some video’s relating to the Free State Project
Libertarian-themed Filk sing follows at 7pm (6pm for pot luck dinner)