Freedom from Freedom Froms

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It's been decades since the civil rights movement, but race relations are deteriorating. We still fail to judge people by their character rather than by their skin color. We've made even less progress towards legally recognizing, let alone socially accepting, the private lifestyle choices of our fellow human beings. Yet we stand on the brink of technological breakthroughs which could pose far tougher problems. Genetically engineered human and non-human beings and conscious computers are coming our way. Are we ...

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1996 Soft Cover New 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. New with minor shelfwear. A thought-provoking continuing saga of near-future hard science fiction, with emphasis on pro-freedom politics. A ... sequel to Bats in the Belfry, By Design. Read more Show Less

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Overview

It's been decades since the civil rights movement, but race relations are deteriorating. We still fail to judge people by their character rather than by their skin color. We've made even less progress towards legally recognizing, let alone socially accepting, the private lifestyle choices of our fellow human beings. Yet we stand on the brink of technological breakthroughs which could pose far tougher problems. Genetically engineered human and non-human beings and conscious computers are coming our way. Are we ready? Will we allow them to vote? To defend themselves? To own property? Or will we simply say that since they're not human, they have no rights? Slavery, Part II?

We'll face these and many other vexing problems, equipped with two main ideologies. Welfare Statists on the left, coercive busybody moralists on the right. Socialists give us "freedom from housing discrimination" by punishing us for advertising our houses as having "walk-in closets". By doing so, they say, we convey our intent to discriminate against those in wheelchairs! Witchburners give us "freedom from sin" by protecting us from "lewd" Calvin Klein ads.

Perhaps genuine freedom and broad-mindedness could provide some solutions. Instead of sponsoring quarrels between the NAACP, NAAWP, NAACC (National Associations for the Advancement of Colored People, White People, and Conscious Computers), and so on, we'd be better off with the (Non-exclusive Association for the Advancement of Conscious Beings). Maybe. Or maybe not. But we definitely need "Freedom From Freedom Froms" when the "freedoms" that our "leaders" foist on us are false ones. Prepare your mind for a thought-provoking trip into the future. If you love REAL freedom, vicious political satire, and science fiction, this book was written for YOU!

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Prometheus

...Freedom From Freedom Froms is not a safe book. It is one that will leave lingering traces in your mind long after you turn the last page."

Perhaps Stauffer's aim is for humans to never fall into the trap of using technology as hopes and crutches for our own failings. If we are to depend on anything it should be our own convictions, abilities, and common bond as humans. This self-reliance among humans is a strong theme throughout the novel."

Freedom Froms is filled with great libertarian atire, tense action, and complex characters. This includes the strange Kreutz; LeRoy Jones, a black astronaut who must battle race discrimination and his own views to battle Derrick and find his true self; Derrick himself (editorial comment, Derrick is the conscious computer); and even Phil. Whereas Bats in the Belfry focuses almost entirely on Phil and his activities, Stauffer expands his universe and gives the reader a richer experience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964483514
  • Publisher: FreeVoice Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Pages: 530

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"Poverty? Welfare? Starvation? Illegitimacy, fatherlessness? Hard, hard problems, interrelated problems, that the Welfare State hasn't been able to solve, after the better part of a century of ever-increasing State power. Again, our approach is very simple: we open God's Word, and we look to see, what does it command us to do? In 2 Thessalonians 3:10, we see that we are commanded that 'If any will not work, neither let him eat.' This is a time-tested and Biblically approved method, the same one that Captain John Smith, the head of the colony at Jamestown, Virginia, used in 1607. 'If you don't work, you won't eat.' Plain, simple, Biblical, and effective. It worked for hundreds of years, before ungodly liberals crawled onto the scene.

"And what are we to do, when they won't work, and start to starve? Again, we open God's Word. Lamentations 4:9 tells us that those who are killed by the sword are better off, suffer less, than those who starve to death. Cruel and heartless, say the liberals. Yet, this is just common sense, and obviously right. Would you rather die a slow death, by starvation, or a quick, merciful one? Make your choice. Well, of course, in modern America, there's always a third choice. You can WORK for your bread. Radical concept. Right alongside those able-bodied men holding 'will work for food' signs, there are 'help wanted' signs in the windows of restaurants.

"We'll take God's commandments very seriously, here, in the Hank N. Kreutz administration. You don't work, you don't eat. You don't eat, you starve, we put you out of your misery. Now, once again, we temper that. We're not merciless brutes. The Bible tells us often enough to be charitable. But it also tells to keep secret, to not display, our charitable deeds. See Matthew 6:2. Therefore, we'll not have street-corner charity displayed for all to see. You want to beg, do it in private. Keep it away from public eyes, and you can give and receive alms as you wish. 'Will work for food?' And, you're willing to tell the world? We'll take your word for it. We'll round you up, and give you an opportunity to live up to your word. If you don't, we'll let you go hungry. For a little while. Then, we'll be merciful, in the manner commanded by God's Word, in Lamentations 4:9.

"Oh, and, one more thing. Jesus said, and I said, keep your charity private, and we mean precisely that. You feed the pigeons or the seagulls out of your hotel window, and they crap all over your neighbors, the hotel will kick you out. They post signs, prohibiting such things. Same deal, here. Disobey God's Infallible Word, about keeping your charity private, and try to shame all your neighbors, by attracting the human equivalent of flocks of dirty birds, well, we'll treat you the same as the hotel treats such guests. Let the birds learn to fend for themselves; they'll be better off. Enough said.

Editorial comment... Kill the starving? And forcing charity underground (strictly hidden, "private")? Does the author really advocate this? No, he's just showing what all sorts of things can be done by evil people, who sometimes justify themselves by using the Bible.

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Introduction

In this sequel to Bats in the Belfry, By Design, we continue a saga of near-future hard science fiction, with emphasis on pro-freedom politics. Last time, we saw that genetic engineering could be used for good and for evil. It could be used to restore, protect, and preserve the environment, and to devise weapons of mass destruction. The focal character, Phil Schrock, libertarian mad scientist run amok, learns hard lessons, at horrendous prices, in Bats.

In this, the sequel, Freedom From Freedom Froms, Phil has progressed, but still seems at times to place excessive faith in humanity's ability to use technology wisely. Freedom advances various extremist, divisive, mean-spirited, inflammatory (or, freedom-loving, depending on your perspective) ideas, and demonstrates what happens when some of them are taken a bit too far (well, okay, maybe a LOT too far).

Freedom From Freedom Froms cautions the reader that "freedom" can mean enslavement. "Freedom from want" can mean that the government will make your charity choices for you, "freedom from overpopulation and starvation" can mean that the government will control your reproduction, "freedom from drugs" means they'll break your door down in the middle of the night, lest you destroy some "evidence", and "freedom from sin" means they'll decide how you will worship, among many other things. "Freedom from pollution" means that the Superfund will extort money from small businesses (and hence, from consumers) for cleaning up the "toxins" in discarded pizzas and cardboard boxes, accomplishing little other than the enrichment of environmental lawyers. "Freedom from Un-American Activities" meant that they'd nab you for scratching your butt during the National Anthem. And more of the same. Beware, then, of false freedoms, as well as false prophets; seek "Freedom From Freedom Froms".

Subject matters here include human genetic engineering, space flight, conscious computers, mind-reading and mind-control devices, theocracy, and race relations. And, just as in Bats, loads of cynical manipulativeness, which might be funnier, if it wasn't so true to human nature. Or maybe even to the nature of consciousness. We'll say no more; Freedom From Freedom Froms must be allowed to speak for itself. Please enjoy! -- Titus Stauffer

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