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  •  Obviously not a Starship Trooper fan (1+ / 0-)
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    I wonder what Perkins would think about a system as in Heinlein's Starship Troopers in which citizenship is granted only to veterans.

    This would not be my ideal system by a long shot, but certainly more deserving that giving more votes and political power to the wealthy. In this novel/movie the wealthy have no political power.

    •  It goes a lot further than you realise. (0+ / 0-)

      In SST the veterans turn around after a serious turn of events with corruption and chaos having essentially obliterated the governments of the world. By electing to make service a requirement to hold office, have a vote, etc they largely turned the world into a meritocracy, and you couldn't vote till your service was over. Part of the reasoning which isn't really covered in the movie (hell it changed and glossed over a lot of stuff) was that those who were willing to serve were seen to be of sufficient fortitude to vote for the greater good rather than individual benefit.
      The book is as interesting from a philosophical viewpoint as it is as a novel. It's a bit of a mistake to focus on the fact that civilians aren't citizens (BTW citizenship didn't require actually being a combat veteran just to do your service, which wasn't even necessarily military as such, you could be a human guinea pig for example [Rico references this when he is concerned he might not pass the muster for the MI even as they will find you something you can do for your service], however if you were MI the rule was everybody fights nobody quits, even the high command and chaplains were inserted) without actually looking at the reasonings, and then consider what was really happening in the world at the time Heinlein wrote it.

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