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remnant 51: “Earth is a perfectly liberal world”

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“You damned liberals.” [Arkady said.]

“I don’t know what that means.” [Nadia said.]

“It means you’re too soft-hearted to ever actually do anything.”

But they were now within sight of the low mound of Underhill, looking like a fresh squarish crater, its ejecta scattered around it. Nadia pointed at it. “I did that. You damned radicals—” she jabbed him in the ribs with her elbow, hard—”you hate liberalism because it works.”

He snorted.

“It does! It works in increments over time, after hard labor, without fireworks or easy dramatics or people getting hurt. Without your sexy revolutions and all the pain and hatred they bring. It only works.”

“Ah, Nadia.” He put his arm over her shoulders, and they started walking again to the base. “Earth is a perfectly liberal world. But half of it is starving, and always has been, and always will be. Very liberally.” (pp. 174-175)

Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson

Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson

Written by plthomasedd

January 20, 2014 at 4:48 pm

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