It appears as if <Spudboy100@aol.com> wrote:
|Interesting comments on both counts. But if the USA was non-militaristic,
|would the rest of you feel more kindly towards us anyway? The answer is no.
|So military prowess just a straw-man for hatred. Hatred needs no excuse or
|further analysis, it just is.
I cannot decide on non-existent postulated data.
|Heinlein was basically a cranky old schmuck, with a huge amount of egotism,
|which included "wrap yourself in the American Flag ' patriotism/jingoism.
|But he was also a brilliant conceptualist and consistent, forward-thinking
|writer who was excellent at portraying human frailties and envy, which is
|part of the human (transhuman?) condition. At times, he was also capable of
|righting 'ripping good tales' made more believable with their consistency.
1925-1907=18 years Entered U.S.Navy 1932-1907=25 years Left U.S.Navy (contracted pulmonary tuberculosis) 1959-1907=52 years Wrote ``Starship Troopers''
I detected a middle aged man's nostalgia over his youth in the book.