Concepts gleaned from “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress”

Government set prices often don’t keep up with market demand:

…But Authority pays same price for ice now as thirty years ago. (Ice miner on Luna, pg. 28)

Government issued money often suffers from inflation:

Authority scrip doesn’t buy what it used to. (Ice miner on Luna, pg. 28)

Government often destroys natural incentives towards increased productivity and efficiency:

I bought city sewage from the Authority, sterilized and processed it myself and made a profit on a crop. But today when I buy sewage, I’m charged distilled-water price and on top of that for solids. Yet the price of a tonne of wheat at catapult head is just what it was twenty years ago. (Wheat farmer on Luna, pg. 29)

Whenever government has an inordinate amount of control over an otherwise private sector (i.e. government monopoly – e.g. public education, nationalized banks, bailed out heavily unionized auto companies, etc.) the economy and its producers and consumers suffer:

“You are right that the Authority must go. It is ridiculous – pestilential, not to be borne – that we should be ruled by an irresponsible dictator in all our essential economy! It strikes at the most basic human right, the right to bargain in a free marketplace. But I respectfully suggest that you erred in saying that we should sell wheat to Terra – or rice, or any food – at any price. We must not export food!” (Professor Bernardo de la Paz, pg. 33)

Technology provides new weapons.  Weapons can be tools in asserting autonomy and independence from oppressive authority.  Sovereignty comes in strength.  That is the real reason to preserve the 2nd Amendment in the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

When wielded correctly the implicit threat of destructive power is a far better instrument for promoting freedom than the enactment of destruction itself.  Such is the case of those who assert their right to retain weapons, bear arms and show their resolve for individual liberty through a show of strength.  Certainly the enactment of destruction and violence itself all too often diminishes support for one’s cause, especially if the victims of such violence are portrayed and viewed as targets of terrorism rather than as casualties of a war in defense of the peoples’ freedom and sovereignty.  Most admirable are those whose only real intent for violence is as a last resort.  As long as their bluff isn’t called they can effectively use their implicit threat of destructive force against real terrorists and other powers that seek to impose their will upon others in ways that deny the freedom of the individual guaranteed under God’s law (common law).  All too often the governments of nations themselves are as guilty as ordinary criminals in robbing the individual of their liberties.  It could even be akin to a raping of the masses in that it is a loss of inherent virtues that should never be violated.

“A maximum of instructive shrecklichkeit with minimum loss of life.  None, if possible” was how Prof summed up doctrine for Operation Hard Rock and was way Mike and I carried it out.  Idea was to  hit earthworms so hard would convince them – while hitting so gently as not to hurt.  Sounds impossible, but wait. (pg. 325)

But we emphasized that nobody would get hurt who heeded our warnings, that every target first time around would be uninhabited – we even offered to skip any target if a nation would inform us that our data were out-of-date (Empty offer, Mike’s radar vision was a cosmic 20/20).  But by not saying what would happen second time around we hinted that our patience could be exhausted. (pg 327)

…more notes to come (i.e. this post is still a work in progress.)


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