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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphosis View Post
    Yes, it was a unique/interesting concept. I was curious how people felt about the philosophy in the book.
    Let's see. The only people allowed to have a say in making decisions in the government are those who have paid for it(not with money). I like it.

    I firmly believe in the 'Bread and Circuses' phenomenon. It's rather obvious.

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    The movie was great. I was fairly ground-breaking at the time for the realistic SFX of the bugs (on a close-up and grand scale), and it was also the most violent/gory movie of its time in the sense of how the soldiers got slaughtered by the bugs. Face-melting on a grand scale, etc. It was actually pretty shocking. I enjoyed the campiness - it really worked since the whole movie was kind of framed like an advertisement for military service...
    "How can I be, all I want to be,
    When all I want to do is strip away these stilled constraints
    And crush this charade, shred this sad, masquerade"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGeq5v7L3WM

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    I never read the book, but I liked to movie, not the sequels to it though. They sucked bug ass.

    My gut tells me the book might be better though as I know most story-to-film adaptations out there suck.

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    If you haven't read it, pull your head out of your ass and do it.

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    I liked the theme of the book in so far as that only people who served their term in the military are allowed to vote / get to enjoy the full range of civil liberties, as obviously stupid and / or lazy people should not be allowed to vote / influence important descisions. However, it appears such a philosophy would only be applicable in a frontier type of society, where an external enemy can be clearly identified. I a peaceful society, military service would lose its significance / meaning and a different selection process would have to be found.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Razor View Post
    I liked the theme of the book in so far as that only people who served their term in the military are allowed to vote / get to enjoy the full range of civil liberties, as obviously stupid and / or lazy people should not be allowed to vote / influence important descisions. However, it appears such a philosophy would only be applicable in a frontier type of society, where an external enemy can be clearly identified. I a peaceful society, military service would lose its significance / meaning and a different selection process would have to be found.
    You forgot, civil service also counted. But the time before you got your franchise was longer.

    But yeah, just a few changes are needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biaxident View Post
    If you haven't read it, pull your head out of your ass and do it.
    Over my dead body!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Timeless View Post
    Over my dead body!


    Nah...it wouldn't make a very good coffee table.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lamp View Post
    Fluffy, the book has a talking bomb. You want to read it.
    "I'm a thirty-second bomb! I'm a twenty-nine-second bomb! I'm a twenty-eight-second bomb! I'm a twenty-seven..."

    A great exercise in psych warfare.

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    The movie utterly short-changed the concept of powered armor, or so I'm told... I never saw the film. But I read the book multiple times in high school, and it was extremely formative.

    "On the bounce, trooper!"

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