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kengr
Apr. 27th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
20:33:51: I'm having difficulty reconciling the claim that Heinlein hated communism (Starship Troopers) with his book "Stranger In A Strange Land."

1. as Heinlein himself says, don't confuse the opinions of characters in books with those of the author.

2. Starship Troopers wasn't about what they claim it was. Check out a copy sometime. Then read Heinlein's essay that tears apart most of the things folks say about it.

Also read his accounts of the trip he and his wife took to the Soviet union, and a few of his essays from the 50s about the dangers the US faced (he was right, given the data available, but fortunately, we lucked out in that the USSR was *way* more incompetent than anybody expected).

BTW, Heinlein predicted the end of the USSR, though even *he* had trouble believing what the data he had seemed to say about when it'd all fall apart.

Oh yeah, "communism" and what the USSR, China and the rest have/had bear little resemblance to each other. Sort of like the Republicans claiming to be for small government.
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