My problem with libertarianism…

It denies the essential nature of humanity: our social ecology.

Trade isn’t always linear. You missed that. If Stewart gives me something, and I give Stella something, and ten years from now Stella is a different person because of that and gives something to someone else as yet unknown–it’s an ecology. An ecology of trade, yes, each niche needed, even if they’re not contractually bound. Does a horse need a fish? Yes. — Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress

Prompted by the New York Times Magazine cover story this morning: Has the Libertarian moment finally arrived?

Time to read?

Do you want to read more but aren’t sure how to find the time? This is a great post to get you started: Finding Time to Read | Farnam Street. It’s less about strategy and more about motivating us because reading is one of the most important and rewarding things we can do with our time. Also, I believe that avid readers also make better writers.

The Dispossessed, Ursula K Le Guin

Shannon:

My review of The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin, posted on SF Mistressworks.

Originally posted on SF Mistressworks:

the-dispossessedThe Dispossessed, Ursula K Le Guin (1974)
Review by Shannon Turlington

You shall not go down twice to the same river, nor can you go home again. That he knew; indeed it was the basis of his view of the world. Yet from that acceptance of transience he evolved his vast theory, wherein what is most changeable is shown to be fullest of eternity, and your relationship to the river, and the river’s relationship to you and to itself, turns out to be at once more complex and more reassuring than a mere lack of identity. You can go home again, the General Temporal Theory asserts, so long as you understand that home is a place where you have never been.

Long after I closed this book for the night and lay waiting for sleep to catch up with me, I thought about what I’d read, about the ideas posed…

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The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell

Shannon:

My review of The Sparrow, posted on SF Mistressworks.

Originally posted on SF Mistressworks:

The SparrowThe Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell (1996)
Review by Shannon Turlington

It’s hard to describe the exhilarating sense of emotion I felt while reading this book. I don’t consider myself a religious person, and this book is unquestionably about religion and our relationship with God. I am a spiritual seeker, though, and I found this novel to be one of the most meaningful examinations of our purpose as humans that I have ever read. It is not an easy read, and it offers no easy answers. But despite its horrors – and some truly horrific things happen in this story – it is a beautiful, life-affirming read.

I don’t want to reveal too much of the plot, because part of the joy of reading The Sparrow lies in discovering it. Russell parcels out the story in bits and pieces, to prepare the reader for what’s coming. So, just a bare-bones summary…

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