July 19, 2012


Inspired by a Joss Whedon quote: "And nobody has the perfect answer."

All societies are based on rules to protect pregnant women and young children. All else is surplusage, excrescence, adornment, luxury, or folly, which can -- and must -- be dumped in emergency to preserve this prime function. As racial survival is the only universal morality, no other basic is possible. Attempts to formulate a "perfect society" on any foundation other than "Women and children first!" is not only witless, it is automatically genocidal. Nevertheless, starry-eyed idealists (all of them male) have tried endlessly-- and no doubt will keep on trying.

-- RAH 'Time Enough for Love (1973)

Quote of the Day Posted by JohnGalt at July 19, 2012 3:41 PM

"Women and children first" also seems to be the search-and-grope guideline for the TSA Frottage Squad, if recent news articles about their perverted and humiliating incidents is any indication. I'm not sure they had Heinlein in mind, though.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 19, 2012 5:06 PM | What do you think? [1]