Thursday, 2 September 2021

"Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back, for their private benefit. That is all'.”

 

“'There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to the public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute not common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back, for their private benefit. That is all'.”
~ Judge's verdict, delivered in Robert Heinlein's excellent, and once-again topical, 1949 novella 'The Man Who Sold the Moon'


1 comment:

  1. Yes, to be pedantic the quote appears in Life Line,' one of the books short stories, and not in the novella. Nonetheless, the point relates directly to that major story.
    And if you have, or will, fall in love with Heinlein's story of D.D. Harriman, make sure you don't miss the 'sequel' in his 'To Sail Beyond the Sunset.' Essential reading. :-)

    ReplyDelete

Comments are moderated to encourage honest conversation, and remove persistent trolls.