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  •  Well, in "If This Goes On", they were good guys (10+ / 0-)

    One of Heinlein's earlier stories. He still stressed the massive secret society thing. even calling them "The Cabal", but they were the core of the Resistance to the evil theocratic dictatorship in his future history.

    Hey, at least it's a switch from a take-over-the-world evil conspiracy reputation...

    •  That was "Revolt in 2100," a novel (4+ / 0-)

      It was set in the year of the title.  The U.S. was a theocracy led by a corrupt religious dictator called "The Prophet."  The revolt was led by military officers who were Masons.  

      I do not know if Heinlein was a Mason.  He was a complex man - very technology-oriented, pro-military, and somewhat libertarian - but especially on sexual matters.  In his novel about a wealthy old man who had his brain transplanted into a young woman's body, he explored gender identity quite sensitively.  It turned out the young woman, who was killed in a wreck by a head injury with the rest of the body intact, was actually his secretary.  Her soul remained in the body and much of the dialogue was telepathic between him and her.  At one point he remarked, "Everyone's walked down both sides of gay street."

      The Libertarian slogan TAANSFL "THERE AIN'T nO sUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH" is from his "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress."

      Much of his work seems esoteric and reminiscent of the Phillip Seymour Hoffman movie "The Master," a thinly disguised riff on L. Ron Hubbard of Scientology.  "Starship Troopers," the only Heinlein book made into a movie, captured the fascism and militarism of his vision but was hilarious, especially Neil Patrick Harris as ain intelligence officer whose uniform is strangely like a Gestapo getup.

      I love Heinlein but take him with a ton of salt.  Once the Science Fiction mag ANALOG had competing ads of writers signing against and in favor of the Vietnam War in 1969.  Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Phillip Jose Farmer, Ron Goulart aned many more we know were among the antis.  Heinlein was the only one I remember among the prose.  What can I say?  He was discharged from the military due to health reasons and thus had a skewed view of such things.

      The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

      by Kangaroo on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 08:14:33 PM PST

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