Wednesday, September 17, 2014

An Armed Society is a Polite Society.

Robert A. Heinlein had it right when he said:
 “An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
However, since R.A. was a very fair-minded fellow, he also offered this tidbit that may be of interest to liberal socialists.  It can be found in the same book (Beyond This Horizon):
 “Nothing gives life more zest than running for your life.”


  1. I was/am a huge fan of Heinlien. Read everything he wrote; he was pretty much a libertarian writing about fictional places that were pretty much politically libertarian. I've always believe in fairness, so being the fair minded individual I am, I found a couple conflicting views on the "Armed/Polite society" I think the second link wins, but I'll let you decide:

    and number 2:

    1. The fallacy of the first denier is that he confuses the impoliteness of individuals or isolated groups with the stance of "society" as a whole.

      Perhaps Heinlein's choice of the word "politeness" could be better. Suppose words or phrases like "cautious respect" or "thoughtful restraint" were worked into the statement. Of course alliteration was obviously one of R.A.'s goals.