For all he ranted about "loafers" and the welfare state, Heinlein fed from the government trough for his entire life. A great writer of fiction (widely praised) whose wide-ranging political ideas made interesting stories. However, his political ideas were also entirely unrealistic. His idea of solving social problems was for elites to walk away, leaving everybody else with the problem.
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- Heinlein was able to reinvent himself several times as a graduate student, miner, architect and writer thanks to security of having a Navy pension at age 27.
- The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (book, online)
- (1966) One of the finest SF novels ever written. But the high levels of detail about a libertarian society fail to make such a society plausible, and it suffers badly from the "we don't give a hoot about other people's problems so we blame them" aspect of libertarianism.
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