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The Libertarian Vision of LazarusLong: A Libertarian Reading of Robert A. Heinlein’s Time Enough for Love
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Lazarus Longs libertarianska perspektiv : En libertariansk läsning av Robert A. Heinleins Time Enough for Love (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Writers tend to exude political views and ideas in their works. Robert A. Heinlein and his works havebeen interpreted from multiple political standpoints, yet almost no such interpretation has beenapplied to his later works. In this paper Lazarus Long, the protagonist in Heinlein’s Time Enough forLove, is interpreted through a libertarian looking glass, focusing on the novel’s societal critique andideas regarding liberty, power, government and economy. This paper is written with the goal ofshowing that the protagonist in Time Enough for Love can be said to be libertarian in perspective andattitude. This is done by using libertarian concepts divided into five categories, these categories beinginterpreted from David Boaz´s primer on libertarianism: societal criticism, governmental criticism,economic criticism, flourishing and observations. Conclusively this paper states that Robert A.Heinlein’s protagonist in the novel Time Enough for Love seems to have many influences by libertarianideals and can be said to be libertarian in perspective and attitude.

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2017. , p. 23
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Libertarianism, Libertarian, Lazarus Long, Robert A. Heinlein, Time enough for love, David Boaz.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-47883OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-47883DiVA, id: diva2:1073025
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Comparative Literature
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Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: English (300 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2017-02-10 Created: 2017-02-09 Last updated: 2017-02-10Bibliographically approved

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