Monday, June 9, 2014

Steve Sailer on Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein is probably important to most readers of this blog — libertarians, conservatives, military people, nationalists, paleocons, and even a few old hippies. There's something for practically everybody in his writings. For me, he's important as a science-fiction writer, who wrote some of the genuine classics in the field, and also as a political thinker, and he was, frankly, all over the place. He's more comparable to Kipling than any other writer I could name, and his military stuff puts him in the ranks of other military writers like Kipling, and the very underrated James Jones. A contemporary friend of mine, back in the Sixties, told me that he read Glory Road and volunteered for the infantry. I'm just glad he didn't read Stranger in a Strange Land instead.

Some low-awareness doofus at The New Republic just wrote a very silly critique of Heinlein, and at the Unz Review, Steve Sailer proceeds to deconstruct and demolish it. Read it HERE.
Quibcag: Heinlein's quote is attractively illustrated by the girls of Girls und Panzer (ガールズ&パンツァーGāruzu ando Pantsā). I rather think he would approve.

1 comment:

  1. Spider Robinson wrote the definitive defense of Heinlein in Rah,rah, rah, RAH!!
    So Naval Lt. Heinlein was a militarist.
    Contrary to bad Hollywood, Starship Troopers was not fascistic or authoritarian. It did argue that political power should be reserved for those who valued the survival of their society over their own as opposed to the looting of America the Demicans (or is it Republicrats?) are pursuing .
    As for xenophobe his characters represent a rainbow coalition that would blow Jesse Jackson's mind. If there are any ideologies Heinlein promotes is that people are and ought to be dangerous wild animals, and that whatever else men must be, they must be free.
    Oh yeah, he was an American chauvinist. Such a crime against humanity. Please don't rat me out for it.