- 30 Sep 2003 01:45
I would not allow them to rule as the leadership caste, but be subordinate, and given great priority, by the actual leadership caste.
I strongly believe that only picked, disciplined individuals should be given the right to vote, and, as an extension, be allowed to run for public office.
Enlight - Heinlein was actually asked if, in his writings, he meant that solely military individuals were granted 'citzenship', and by extrapolation, the right to vote. He responded vehemently in the negative. In the book, he references to a statistic that 95% of all Citizens were former civil servants. It is for this reason that I still maintain that my democratic philosophy is Heinleinist. Militarism in a society that has no foes, while on the surface may seem wasteful and counter-productive, the military can be used as a tool of social stability, discipline for the youth (male and female, unlike Heinlein) as well as a tool to provide role-models for younger members of the Community.