Essay about Analysis Of Starship Trooper Full Citizen Rights

826 Words Oct 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
“Something given has no value. When you vote, you are exercising political authority, you 're using force. And force my friends is violence. The supreme authority from which all other authorities are derived” –Jean Rasczak, Starship Trooper. According to Robert Heinlein, social responsibilities requires making individual sacrifices. He created a world where basic human rights comes with high price of willingness to sacrifice yourself. In Starship Trooper full citizen rights are given to those who have demonstrated an understanding of individual and selfless sacrifices for the greater good. Under Terran Federation government people are either “civilians”, those who are given the right to enroll into a two year Federal service or they are “citizens”, those who had already put community needs before their own and has earned the right to vote as well as the right to hold public office, through volunteered two year military service. The controversial aspect of Heinlein’s argument is that under Terran Federation government system, a civilian has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Basic human rights such as owning properties, education and earning a living legally is not taken away from them. They simply couldn’t vote or have any say on how their government should be governed without meeting the conditions the Federation put in place. This is where the argument Heinlein presented becomes controversial, he is basically implying that if you are unable to…

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