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ANDERSON, Poul The Last of the Deliverers
Article published on 29 November 2010

by r-c.
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The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, February 1958, p. 85-95.

- in Political Science Fiction ed. Martin H. Greenberg & Patricia S. Warrick (Prentice-Hall, 1974.

- The Best of Poul Anderson/Poul Anderson. Pocket: 1976. ISBN 0-671-80671-8
revised edition.

"After the USA and USSR have broken up, thanks to a source of
cheap, decentralized solar energy, the highest level of political
organization consists of libertarian-socialist townships. In these
townships, the community owns the land and such tools of production as
tractors, plows, and harvesters, but those who raise the crops own the
produce. Others are also self-employed, preferring to produce quality,
crafted goods as needed, and spending the rest of their time in other
rewarding pursuits, such as making love and hunting deer, rather than
worrying about making a profit. In a town in Ohio, the last capitalist
debates the last Communist, and everyone else is bored by their
irrelevance."

Dan Clore


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