"Anyone who clings to the historically untrue — and thoroughly immoral — doctrine that 'violence never settles anything' I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of The Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee..."Starship Troopers is a Military Science-Fiction novel written by Robert A. Heinlein as an argument against a unilateral U.S. ban on nuclear testing, and published in 1959. It waxes Anvilicious on the merits of soldiers being willing to give their lives for their country and the proper merits of a soldier, an officer, and an army and nation as a whole. Heinlein, an ex-naval officer with no combat experience of his own, interviewed infantry soldiers and officers to get the "flavor" of ground combat for his book. The story traces the evolution of Juan "Johnnie" Rico from feckless civilian into an Officer and a Gentleman during the Bug War as a Framing Device and example. Much of the military action in the novel parallels the Pacific campaign of World War II ending at Guadalcanal.Starship Troopers is significant, and controversial, for its description of the Terran Federation's political system. It is a limited democracy, in which only "veterans" of Federal Service are eligible to vote, run for office, hold certain jobs, or even teach some subjects at school. Needless to say this alone tends to provoke accusations ranging from 'jingoistic' up to 'fascist propganda'The novel itself is not deaf to these complaints shows some bits of nuance. Non-citizens have full freedom of speech and Rico's father even implies he has some soft political pull as a wealthy businessman. The "History and Moral Philosophy" class is propaganda everyone must take, but you don't have to actually pass. The Federal Service must legally accept every volunteer, provided they are legally adult and mentally capable of understanding the oath they are required to take. Consequently they overflow with applicants who are only after the benefits of citizenship and have no interest in the military in particular, thus spend there time doing asteroid mining or other menial labor. The local MI vet missing limbs that mans the recruiting station front desk... scare tactic. He takes his prosthetics off to shock people and seeks to discourage people from joining. Ultimately though the novel isn't about exploring the political conditions of the setting, and how dystopian it may be simply can't be determined.A film of the novel was made in 1997, that is almost literally the opposite of the book it share a title with. In the film when a recruit questions the point of the knives and other small weapons when nukes exist, Zim throws a knife through his hand. In the book this same scene had Zim stop, treats the question as valid, and gives a calm lecture about using appropriate levels of force.Oh and in the movie the Power Armor is replaced with unsupported light infantry, you probably care about that more.
— Lt. Col. Jean V. DuBois, M.I. (ret.)
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