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Starship Troopers

What: Paul Verhoven makes a scathing satire of the science fiction classic. Space marines kill bugs.
Directed by: Paul Verhoven
Starring: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey, Nieil Patrick Harriss

Featuring guest co-host
Joe Ruppel
History nerd Joe Ruppel

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Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
The book on which this satire is based.
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The Commonwealth Saga by Peter F. Hamilton
A book series recommended by Colbert, featuring interstellar war.
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Read it with your ears iTunes Book One | iTunes Book Two | Amazon Book One | Amazon Book Two

World War II Propaganda Cartoon Collections
Racism, jingoism, and xenophobia! Yay!Buy war bonds!
Walt Disney: On the Front Lines Amazon
Looney Tunes Assorted Propaganda Cartoons Youtube

Show Notes

The Movie is a Satire of the Book

Heinlein wrote what amounted to military propaganda. Picture Heinlein as the teacher with the missing arm.

Verhoven Dislikes Militarism and Fascism

Not a surprise for someone who grew up in Nazi-occupied Holland. He thought the book was disgusting and wouldn’t finish reading it – had someone else tell him what happened.

Society at Constant War

Propaganda. Othering. Resources all in to the military-industrial complex. Militarism. Fascism.

Insectoid Aliens and Intelligence

Hive minds. Brain straws. Pheromone communication. Intelligent bugs. Higher-oxygen atmosphere.

Future Tech

Exo-suits, insterstellar travel, shooting projectiles across the galaxy. Drones? Where are the drones?

Gender Equality

Exo-suits, from the book, would close the gap for war purposes. Co-ed showers. Norway and Israeli conscripting women.


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