September 03, 2010

Sci Fi Libertarian?

On a whim I started reading "The Prefect" by Alastair Reynolds (along with several short stories) and as I delved through it I found more and more instances in which it almost seemed to have a libertarian (small 'l') bent to its message (what there is of one, which is benevolently minor).

Then I read this phrase:

(Genocide) had to be done the old-fashioned way, the historical way: not with a single catastrophic release of air or heat, something that would have been detectable from afar, but with the apparatus of state: armed force, applied via her new army of servitors. The citizens had been rounded up, pacified with lies and then executed by machine.

It was more impactful when you also consider that it revolves around an unarmed citizenry.   I'm not saying that is his intention but it certainly read as pro-power to the citizen at the expense of the state.

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