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Old February 27th, 2011, 01:35 PM   #11

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That is why I am thinking that service doesn't have to be to the military alone. There are always ways to serve the greater good. One thing I did like about the current Presedential administration was the idea of public service:
http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/Natio...nFactSheet.pdf
What ever happened to that?

Another thing I found interesting about federal service in ST was that members of the federal services couldn't vote. Only veterans could vote, meaning that those career officers would spend most of their lives without ever participating in the right of franchise. A Sky Marshal, for instance, would spend most of his or her life with the same restrictions as to the right of participation in govt as a common civilian.
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Old February 27th, 2011, 01:43 PM   #12

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What ever happened to that?

Another thing I found interesting about federal service in ST was that members of the federal services couldn't vote. Only veterans could vote, meaning that those career officers would spend most of their lives without ever participating in the right of franchise. A Sky Marshal, for instance, would spend most of his or her life with the same restrictions as to the right of participation in govt as a common civilian.
I forgot that. It says something about the good of the individual versus the good of the State.
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Old February 27th, 2011, 01:46 PM   #13

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I liked the movie.
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Old February 27th, 2011, 01:50 PM   #14

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I forgot that. It says something about the good of the individual versus the good of the State.
It does, indeed. But, something to think about, it would also seem to indicate that the bulk of the voting bloc would naturally be composed of veterans of the lowest ranks of federal service, and with the shortest careers. In Heinlien's world that seemed to work out fine but I wonder how that would actually play out in reality.
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I liked the movie.
Nothing like the book.
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It does, indeed. But, something to think about, it would also seem to indicate that the bulk of the voting bloc would naturally be composed of veterans of the lowest ranks of federal service, and with the shortest careers. In Heinlien's world that seemed to work out fine but I wonder how that would actually play out in reality.
I would like to think that it was a notch above what we currently experience where individuals without any stake(outside of entitlements), are allowed to vote.
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Nothing like the book.
Not even Cap Troopers. They could have done something interesting with that, but they just had grunts with slug-throwers.
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Nothing like the book.
I guess I just enjoyed seeing Denise Richards
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Old February 27th, 2011, 02:00 PM   #19

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I liked the movie.
Definately read the book TJ. I enjoyed the film as well but you have to look at it completely removed from the source material, otherwise you come away very unhappy. As Sci-Fi action fun, it is great. As what Heinlein intended, it makes me cry.
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Definately read the book TJ.
For all my readings, I've only read two novels in my entire life. My brain just isn't wired to read fiction.
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