August 15, 2012
Today's entry is a two-fer on the subject of human overcrowding and political philosophy.
"When a place gets crowded enough to require ID's, social collapse is not far away. It is time to go elsewhere. The best thing about space travel is that it made it possible to go elsewhere."
"Peace is an extension of war by political means. Plenty of elbow room is pleasanter -- and much safer."
--RAH 'Time Enough for Love' (1973)
UPDATE: It's a THREE-fer!
"Animals can be driven crazy by placing too many in too small a pen. Homo sapiens is the only animal that voluntarily does this to himself."
(Also from 'Time Enough for Love')
Yes I have read more than this one Heinlein work. However, if you only read one, this must be that one.
Quote of the Day
Posted by JohnGalt at August 15, 2012 3:20 PM
I'm going to come out squarely against Heinlein! It is Johnny Mercer week and "Fools Rush In" cannot be far behind...
But I reject this quote as neo-Malthusian in tone if not in content. Exciting, innovative, creative, wonderful Ricardian, Deepak Lal-ian things transpire when intellects join. It may be peaceful to have a farm in Weld County or your own spaceship, but I reject those who claim we cannot live together orderly just as I would harangue the radical environmentalist who wants us to live like indigenous Americans.
There you go. Y'all gonna take that?