June 21, 2013

AFF-Chicago Uses Art to Discuss Libertarian Concepts

By: Kathryn Shelton

AFF-Chicago gathered at the Museum of Broadcast Communications on June 12 for the premiere of the new musical work “Lunnoch” from Chicago composer Danny Hynds, as well as enjoy a subsequent discussion both based on the composition and the libertarian science fiction novel “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.”

Written by acclaimed science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein, the discussion led by AFF-Chicago Chairman Eric Kohn, Hynds and attorney/author Michael Lotus revolved around the libertarian themes and philosophy peppered throughout the novel.

Hynds explained how his musical piece was inspired by a single moment of artificial intelligence “coming to life,” while the panel also discussed the political evolution of Heinlein throughout his career and how it shaped his writing.

The crowd in attendance engaged in a lively Q&A afterwards while socializing during and after the event.

If you’d like to own a digital download of “Lunnoch,” please visit here: http://themidwesthackers.bandcamp.com/album/lunnoch