Stranger in a Strange Land
Rules and Order Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"I have a warrant to part your hair with a shotgun unless you do things legally and in order! I don't know who you are. […] You must identify yourself, in specified fashion, Word Code paragraph 1602, part II, before you may serve a warrant." (14.205)
Jubal works diligently against rules he feels impose restrictions on individuals and their personal freedoms. How does he do it? From within. He knows the rules forward and backward, changing the system and fighting for his brand of justice from the inside. He's like Batman, only minus the cape and muscles, plus a law degree.
"Democracy is a poor system; the only thing that can be said for it is that it's eight times as good as any other method. Its worst fault is that its leaders reflect their constituents— low level, but what can you expect?" (18.34)
Jubal blames democracy's problems on the fact that it's ruled by the majority through politicians that do what the majority wants. The only change available in such a system is the change the majority actually wants.
And now (he felt sure) Mike was about to be treated as a sovereign by those nabobs—with the world watching. Let 'em try to roust the boy around after this! (19.132)
More important than Mike actually being a sovereign is that the rules of the system recognize him as a sovereign. For all intents and purposes, it's the same thing.