The philosophy of the people in the Tom fleet is anarcho-capitalist and “selfish” in the Randian sense. They are part of the Confederacy. Some of them are chimpanzees, gorillas, porpoises, and coyotes, but most are human. The hero is soldier from a planet that has not been discovered by the Confederacy. He is rescued from a prison on a planet with a medieval level of civilization that he had been sent with a team to explore. Aboard Tom Paine Maru he learns about the Confederacy and he doesn’t want them to interfere with his home planet. He remains loyal to the chain of command on his home planet, and he is suspicious of freedom. Inexplicably he and the most militant anarchist female are sexually attracted to each other. It has a happy ending.
Year Read: 2001
Libertarian Essays by Roy Halliday
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