Have a nice life

” Papa… Tabako ! “
Johnnie Rico surprised by his father defying the law
Starship Troopers 1988

The teacher Jean Rasczak, 38, a rugged veteran who proudly displays his missing hand :

Here in History and Moral Philosophy we’ve explored the decline of Democracy when social scientists brought the world to the brink of chaos, and how the veterans took control and imposed a stability that has lasted for generations since… You know these facts but have I taught you anything of value ? You. Why are only citizens allowed to vote ?

It’s a reward… what the Federation gives you for doing Federal Service.

No. Something given has no value ! Haven’t I taught you dimwits anything ? I guess they ought to revoke my teaching credential…

When you vote, you’re exercising political authority. You’re using force. And force, my friends, is violence, the supreme authority from which all other authority derives.

Gee, we always thought you were the supreme authority, Mr. Rasczak.

In my classroom, you bet. Whether it’s exerted by ten or ten billion, political authority is violence by degree. The people we call citizens have earned the right to wield it.

My mother always says that violence never solves anything.

Really ? I wonder what the city fathers of Hiroshima would have to say about that.You.

They probably wouldn’t say anything. Hiroshima was destroyed.

Correct. Naked force has settled more issues in history than any other factor. The contrary opinion ‘violence never solves anything’ is wishful thinking at its worst.

People who forget that always pay…They pay with their lives and their freedom.

You. Tell me the moral difference, if any, between the citizen and the civilian ?

The difference lies in the field of civic virtue. A citizen accepts personal responsibility for the safety of the body politic, of which he is a member, defending it, if need be, with his life. The civilian does not.

The exact words of the text. But do you understand it ? Do you believe it ?

Uh, I don’t know.

Of course you don’t. I doubt if any of you here would recognize ‘civic virtue’ if it bit you in the ass.

Well, that’s it. Have a nice life.

From Starship Troopers (1997) original script

4 comments on “Have a nice life”

  1. Wow! Never knew there was a Starship Troopers ova! I loved the book! Any idea where I can still get this?

  2. You can discuss about your ST love in this forum

  3. Domo!

  4. By the way, it should be noted only one change was made for the movie compared to the book. The ‘bit you in the ass’ was ‘bit you in the behind’ in the book 🙂

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