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    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is a 1966 science fiction by Robert A. Heinlein. It takes place on the Moon in the year 2075, where the inhabitants of a penal colony harvest ice and grain for the Earth government. Its main characters include Mannie, Wyoh, professor Bernardo de la Paz and the conscious computer "Mycroft" HOLMES. It was recognized with the 1967 Hugo Award for Best Novel and with the 1983 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award.


    Lunar prisoners fight for freedom in Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, by Howard Baetjer, 1 Feb 2017
    Discusses Heinlein's (and book character professor Bernardo de la Paz's) views on government and anarchism in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, with several excerpts, and ending with "Don't miss it"
    In the year 2076, the inhabitants of a prison colony on the moon rebel and demand their freedom, sparking a war for independence against all of Earth. This is the story of Robert Heinlein's classic novel, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. My message to you today is simple: don't miss this book. Not only is it a gripping story, it is also an intriguing examination of government, governance, and politics. There is a lot to be learned about liberty here. The book explores anarchism deeply throughout ... The book is sprinkled delightfully with allusions to history, political philosophy, and even the Bible ...
    Presentation to The Eris Society 2000, by L. Neil Smith, 2000
    Discusses Smith's plan for prevent an extinction level event, such as the Cretaceous–Tertiary extinction, including related topics such as the diffent categories of asteroids, their chemical composition and terraforming
    Victor Koman, author of Kings of the High Frontier believes—and I agree with him—that NASA's unwritten mission is to keep ordinary private individuals out of space. The question—beyond the state's simple and insane desire to control everything and everyone—was always why. But it occurred to me when I first prepared this talk that we've always known why—those of us who read Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, that is. Somebody at NASA (or more likely the CIA or NSA) read it, too, and doesn't want ordinary private individuals dropping rocks on them the way Mike and Mannie did during the Lunar Revolution.
    Robert A. Heinlein's Soaring Spirit of Liberty, by Jim Powell, The Freeman, Jul 1997
    Biographical essay, including multiple quotes from fellow authors and significant excerpts from Heinlein's novels and stories
    In The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966), Heinlein offers perhaps his most well-developed libertarian vision. The story is narrated by computer expert Manuel O'Kelly Davis. The moon, referred to as Luna, is a colony of the Earth which uses it as a place to keep convicts and political dissidents ... They don't like laws, but they respect customs. They cherish individual initiative and enterprise. They tolerate other people's lifestyle choices and mind their own business ... The conspirators recruit Mycroft Holmes, or Mike, the computer who runs Luna to help the revolution.
    Samuel Edward Konkin III, by Jeff Riggenbach, 29 Jul 2010
    Biographical essay, including examination of Konkin's ideas on the Counter-Economy; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcast of 20 July 2010; includes photo of Konkin with author
    [W]hen the mass-market paperback edition of Heinlein's 1966 novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress was published in 1968, Sam [Konkin] picked up a copy as quickly as he could manage it and sat down to read. This new Heinlein tale, in which colonists on the moon—Luna—stage a libertarian revolution against the tyranny of politicians on Earth, captured Sam's imagination in a way none of Heinlein's other books ever had. He was particularly fascinated by the views of the self-described "rational anarchist," Professor Bernardo de la Paz, the intellectual leader of the rebels on Luna.
    Was Robert A. Heinlein a Libertarian?, by Jeff Riggenbach, 2 Jun 2010
    Biographical essay, focused on attempting to answer the title question; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" of 18 May 2010
    The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, ... the winner of the Hugo award as the best science fiction novel of 1966, is the story of a libertarian revolution on the moon—a revolution designed to free Luna from the control of politicians and bureaucrats on Terra ... One of the leaders of the revolution is a "distinguished man with wavy white hair, dimples in cheeks, and [a] voice that smiled," Professor Bernardo de la Paz, who speaks of "the most basic human right, the right to bargain in a free marketplace." ... According to ... de la Paz, this is "the key question ... [a] radical question that strikes to the root of the whole dilemma of government."