Date: 2017-04-18 03:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thewayne
I was a big Smith fan a number of years ago, but I became increasingly disenchanted as his work became increasingly political. It seemed to me to just suck the joy out of it. I would probably have no problem sticking with his first two or three, plus Bucketeers, and that's about it for me. This one, even though it's an award winner, I probably won't bother with -- too many other books that I'd rather read.

Date: 2017-04-18 06:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rahirah
Yeah. I remember enjoying the first one or two, starting to think the third one was tipping into polemic, and then noping out.

Too bad, because this sounds as if it could be a fun concept if it weren't freighted with lectures.

Date: 2017-04-19 01:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mindstalk
Smith is entertainingly rich in gonzo ideas; as an *SF writer*, he could be more interesting than many.

Date: 2017-04-19 06:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] avram
I tried to read Smith’s The Gallatin Divergence twice, and gave up because there were too many libertarian lectures. And I was a libertarian at the time!

Date: 2017-04-19 02:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thewayne
At the time I was in to Smith (early/mid '80s) I was heavily Republican and probably classed as a Libertarian, we had more political flexibility in this country. You could be more of a liberal republican or conservative democrat. But those heretical times are no more. Once upon a time Smith was on the ticket of the Libertarian Party for President of the United States, but only in the state of Arizona. I don't believe he won. :-)

I don't have a problem with libertarianism, per se. What I do have a problem with is any political party being represented as a mono-block that THESE are our standards, and any deviation is HERESY. Political parties should be a spectrum, as libertarianism is a spectrum from total anarchy to a somewhat less centralized government with more personal responsibility. I don't think Smith's concept of Libertarianism is realizable because we don't have 2+ centuries of having worked that way, and to implement it now would probably cause 2+ centuries of chaos and anarchy, with a huge loss of life before it stabilized in to khod knows what.

Date: 2017-04-19 06:49 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
I liked "Bucketeers" myself, although I read it long enough ago that any Libertarian content may have gone over my head.

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