Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers was published in 1950s America, a time when the United States had emerged victorious from the second world war. Respect for authority and deference to the common good had demonstrated results to a battered nation still scarred by the Great Depression, and Robert A. Heinlein’s book depicts a world much like that of 1950s America – prosperous, united, and not so secretly authoritarian. As many have seen the movie of the same name, we examine how the film departs from the book, and search for meaning between the lines. In a world that has since grown very much different from that of the United States after WWII, would a return to that society be preferable to the one in which you find yourself? Would you “join up”?

The Myth of the 20th Century – Ep09 – Starship Troopers

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  1. I generally love your level of research and following threads that are ignored in history and society.

    This episode is exceptionally disappointing on a number of levels. I don’t get the impression that any of you actually gave it any kind of a thorough, or even more than a cursory one.

    You completely ignored the stated origin of the world government. It arose from the ashes of a third world war. It was also formulated by the soldiers on all sides. They realized that those who did not serve something greater would never lead, or even cast their vote, for the common good.

    The ONLY difference between citizens and people was that citizens could vote and hold office. The populace could conduct business, own property, grow wealthy and often looked down on citizens for risking their lives for such a small thing (Johnny Rico’s family as an example). Citizens held them separate because of the sacrifice that they made.

    Inherent in this is that is a degree of incorruptibility of the political system because of this separation. This is embodied by the teacher in the classroom. He is neither august nor wealthy but he embodies the difference that sacrifice makes.

    Service did not have to be military service, but it would be demanding and in many ways unpleasant. I remember from the book that there was an example that a cripple could serve as a fungus farmer on an asteroid where they could function. You also ignore that anyone could end their service at any time, by simply walking away. The corollary was that you only had one opportunity to serve and if you left it you could never return.

    The nature of the training was glossed over. The training was to make the man. Even with the technology of battle suits that training was never discussed. It was all small unit tactics, relatively simple weapons, hand to hand combat and life or death survival training on the order of the Spartans before one ever saw one of the suits.

    This is already to long and there is too much more to address. I would bring no one else has done so.

    At any rate, if this is of any interest, you have my information.

    Keep up the good work in general.

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