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  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Mmmmm. I don't know enough about the political science literature to say if it's been studied before; my guess would be it has. In any event, you are certainly right: mass hate rallies are part of fascism....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I think perhaps Heinlein's vision, which is some ways is very supportive of women, came into conflict with the mores he was raised with, which perhaps explains the ambiguity in his fiction....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Heinlein clearly liked and respected mentally and physically strong women. On the other hand, many women I have known find his characterization of women unreasonable (but you plainly do not), and there's few people now who are sympathetic to his...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    No, the rallies are new to US politics....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    "Why the ongoing critique of Heinlein?" There is the problem that started this discussion; that Heinlein has founded a subgenre of Heinleinism, probably very much against his will, and he is much more imitated than emulated? Beyond that, many people...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I don't believe it could have emerged as Heinlein said it did and I don't believe it would have sustained itself if it did emerge. I don't know any history that suggests otherwise. It is easy to fall into de...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Paws4thot@520: '"Government by those who had served" arose because the veterans who developed the concept trusted each other and no-one else.' But this is aristocracy. They trusted their Peers. How it got from there to meritocracy is never plausibly explained....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Aristo- derives from a Greek root meaning more-or-less excellence; merit- derives from a Latin root meaning more-or-less excellence. The words "aristocracy" and "meritocracy" have almost the same literal meaning, though their idiomatic use is different. But in practice they work...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    "What do people here make of the rule that people don't get their vote until they're done with their service?" I think the general problem with the governmental model Heinlein used in Starship Troopers, governance by an elite, regardless of...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Oh, one more thought – some of Heinlein's failings, like those of many other sf authors of his time, are those of an autodidact. He comes out with unstudied ideas about people and society (this is clear in his letters,...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    (And it occurs to me that James Blish's short story A Work of Art exactly prefigures my conclusion. Hunh. Sour Bill was a great critic and deserves more respect than he gets these days.)...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I think Heinlein was a visionary author who never entirely broke free of his conservative Missouri upbringing. Hence, for instance, If This Goes On…, which accurately predicted the rise of the religious right. He also had some mild sexual kinks,...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "I do not think the E.U. wants to see the total collapse of the UK (or just England) as such unrest is not easily quarantined and can spread to neighbouring countries." Greece, I tell you, Greece! I wonder how much...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    "The Shirley Exception is a bit of mental sleight of hand that allows people to support a policy they profess to disagree with. It's called the Shirley Exception because … well, I mean, *surely* there must be exceptions, right?" –...
  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    Sympathies....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    There's a huge amount of buyer's remorse; has been since the day after the referendum. So maybe that is coming to dominate public opinion. Still, it is difficult for me to see how that will be translated into action....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    It seems to me that this is too little, too late. It's going to be hard to swing UK public opinion away from Brexit, it's going to be hard to get the EU to excuse the Article 50 invocation. I...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    We are in a time of transformation of consciousness. Such times are recorded in philosophical literature and at the same time the most important things about them are lost in the literature. We do not understand what happens at times...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Basically, the Joint Chiefs have asked their superior officer to put his crazy-ass order in writing. This is not a good thing....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Me, a while back: "Marx perhaps swung the focus of philosophical debate on history towards systems rather than individuals. This is surely a welcome correction from monarchism. But perhaps it is time to swing back, and ask ourselves what sort...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I like Louis XIV as a Bond villain. Such people appear in history with numbing regularity. More examples?...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    "Assange was behind 'Exposing the Global Warming Hoax'" I had not heard that before. Can you expand on it?...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I've decided that this post represents a major historical insight, and so I christen this idea the Bond Villain theory of history....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Ah! That explains The Prince. It's a guide for 16ᵗʰ century supervillians!...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    JA, an idealist educated by a tribe of mad philosophers, forced into armed seclusion at an embassy of an unnamed Latin American country by either police pursuing him for crimes or government agents pursing him because he embarrassed them, has...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    What's discouraging is that if you read history, you'll find lots more of 'em. Seems schlock authors have some sort of insight after all....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    My guess is that that is too organized a scenario; if there is a conspiracy it is likely to explode from internal conflicts. The problem with autonomous killing machines is the problem with land mines or gas on the battlefield;...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    My high-level thoughts on Brexit: Brexit: Are We Without the Peace?...
  • Commented on Gratuitous Self-Promotion: the US West Coast Remix
    Oh, hey, maybe I'll see you there....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    "I am a strong (but qualified) supporter for the idea of Scotland as a member state within a United States of Europe, as long as the USE addresses the structural fiscal/economic imbalances currently unfixable within the EU as it is...
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