Thursday, 21 April 2016
"'...the cause of democracy, of universal suffrage and human equality.'"
-Jerry Pournelle and SM Stirling, The Prince (New York, 2002), p. 989.
This is a cause that I support. However, I am reliably informed that this politician is dishonest and covertly organizes terrorism. What am I to think? If I was on Sparta and did not know Croser's secret, then I might be supporting him - after checking out other political options first. If I did know his secret, then I would be trying to expose him and to organize a democratic movement untainted by terrorism. But, in a fictional text, the authors dictate the options. In this sense, the dice are loaded.
In the Technic History, Poul Anderson makes clear that it is folly to think that there might be a pacifist party within the Merseian Roidhunate. But, in a later volume, we are inspired when we read of beings who are Merseian by species but resident on Dennitza and loyal to the Emperor, not to the Roidhun. Long live the diversity of rational beings.