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March 29, 2004


Samizdata reports on libertarian content in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.

I am currently working my way through the Discworld canon, having started with The Colour of Magic a few months ago. At first, as I came across the odd libertarian-leaning comment, I thought it might be interesting to record them, as I found them, and publish them all on Samizdata once I had reached the last page of the last book. But there are just far too many for that. Once you have your eyes peeled, these covert anarchistic swipes pop up all over the place like magic mushrooms in a damp autumn wood. But some still stand out as giant white-spotted red caps, just begging for hallucinogenic consumption.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 29, 2004 10:29 AM


I remember the ecstasy of reading the Discworld series and I found myself smiling slyly every so often as a particularly apt and libertarian statement would be made.

I wouldn't go so far as to say that Terry Pratchett is a libertarian because he spread the mockery around fairly evenly. He definitely knew how to cut the the heart of human stupidity with a bad pun or satirical sarcasm.

Posted by: Chaos Overlord at March 29, 2004 03:36 PM