Whoa! Who here knows who Robert A. Heinlein is?Submitted by Matthew3306 on Sun, 02/03/2013 - 17:57
R.A. Heinlein, [on] 20th-century democracies:
"Those noble experiments failed because the people had been led to believe that they could simply vote for whatever they wanted and get it, without toil, without sweat, without tears."
-I love this guy!
I always hated how bad Starship Troopers was, especially the acting and stupid catchphrases, "you kill bugs good". But I've watched the movie literally 25 times and I think I've discovered why. There are great little nuggets of hardcore truth interspersed in there, along with Denise Richards boobies. Amen, what a combo.
"Ah, yes, the 'unalienable rights.' Each year someone quotes that magnificent poetry. Life? What 'right' to life has a man who is drowning in the Pacific? The ocean will not hearken to his cries. What 'right' to life has a man who must die if he is to save his children? If he chooses to save his own life, does he do so as a matter of 'right'? If two men are starving and cannibalism is the only alternative to death, which man's right is 'unalienable'? And is it 'right'?
As to liberty, the heroes who signed that great document pledged themselves to buy liberty with their lives. Liberty is always unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it is always vanquished. Of all the so-called 'natural human rights' that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost."