Revolt in 2100

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Revolt in 2100 by Robert A Heinlein:

Robert A Heinlein's Revolt in 2100

 

This science fiction book, packaged as the third volume of Heinlein’s “Future History,” includes a novel, a novelette, and a short story. The novel, “If This Goes On…” is the principal feature, from which the title Revolt in 2100 is derived; it is also of great interest to Freemasons.

“If This Goes On…,” first published in 1954, is set in a not-too-distant future where the U.S. is governed by a theocratic tyranny. The hero of the story finds himself falling afoul of the authorities, and ends up getting involved with an underground resistance movement that champions individual rights and religious liberty. That “Cabal” is clearly modeled on Masonry, in both its ideals and its techniques.

The story shows elements of the libertarian philosophy that Heinlein refined throughout his career, but the pacing is fast and action-oriented. It can be read in a very few sittings, and makes good light fare. [via]

 

 

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