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#71- Citizenship In Heinlein’s Starship Troopers


What’s the proper cost of being a citizen?

This week, Scott and Karl read and discuss Starship Troopers, written by Robert A. Heinlein in 1959. Labeled both a seminal and controversial military Sci-Fi read, this book is a provocative challenge that makes you think about citizenship, leadership, and moral philosophy.

As the plot goes, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry against humankind’s most frightening enemy. On a deeper level, Scott says, “[Heinlein] is very thoughtful about the whole art of war.”

Join Scott and Karl for a look behind the curtain of a book that continues to resonate and influence to this day, a book you may even find yourself picking up more than once.

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