Fri, 28 Jan 2000 23:37:00 EST
In a message dated 1/28/00 1:12:19 AM Eastern Standard Time, Z@Gundam.Com
<< orrect on both points, although I think he makes the case against the
Soviet Union (NOT Russia -- he thought highly enough of the Russian people
to feature them prominently and positively at a time when it was popular to
bash them) more forcefully in Tramp Royale.
My bad ^_^;;; <--Still writing short stories of WWIII
In the years subsequent to the Revolution and prior to the Cold War, almost
any "forward thinking" or "liberal" person dabbled in socialism and the
There's a difference between socialism and communism, correct? Communism is
against big business (which is what I am against), right?
It wasn't until Stalin refused to give up the conquered
German and Slav states that people began to recoil. Heinlein decided to go
and see for himself and returned to roundly condemn the totalitarian
state. What made him change his mind, even though he was given a guided
tour and every consideration? It was the internal passports and everything
they implied, combined with his own military training and what he
observed. There's a vast difference between a defensive build-up and an
offensive one and Heinlein came away convinced that the Soviets had the
same agenda as the Nazis they'd just help defeat.
And this was part of the scare.... Imagine Side 6 in MSG coming back after
helping (to a certain degree) to be the New & Improved Duchy of Zeon?
Heinlein changed his opinions many times over the years and that's
reflected in what he chose to write about and how he chose to write
it. What's consistent is his belief than people are intrinsically good,
but that there is such a thing as evil and good people need to deal with it
without becoming evil in the process.
That is a good thing.... That means that he had a mind like a parachute: open!
I notice, though, that although Char was the 'bad guy', he not only had a
pleasureable attitude, but a charming disposition. Is this because the
creator had a 'vision' like George Lucas, or just felt that to create a
roundly, evenly balanced film, the enemy has to be shown as even remotely
In addition to communism, Heinlein also became disenchanted with the legal
system and organized religion, both of which he lambasted with a vengeance.
Eh... I'm a devoted Christian, down to my soles... I disliked Job, but I read
it and got a kick out of it in some respects.
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