Freedom Circle logo
Freedom Circle

Where Can You Find Freedom Today?

Science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein recounting a rebellion in a lunar colony, published in 1966
See also:
  • Freedom Emporion
  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress


    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. They resolve to take charge of their own destiny ... The conspirators recruit Mycroft Holmes, or Mike, the computer who runs Luna to help the revolution.