CONTRARY BRIN: Looking Back at Heinlein’s Future History - Coming True Before Our Eyes.
This one is so pertinent and important, I tried to find a more public venue for it. But one of the tragic consequences of the Trump Era is the decay of op-ed journalism — everyone recycling the same whines. I’ll speak more of this, at the end. But now — this just can’t be put off, any longer. Prepare to go wide-eyed!
== A chilling forecast: accurate down to the last detail ==
You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic. – Robert A. Heinlein, Revolt in 2100
Robert A. Heinlein’s 1953 “Future History” collection, Revolt in 2100, vividly portrays citizens rising up against an authoritarian theocracy which has taken root in America. A succession of fundamentalist despots have ruled for nearly a century, dating back to the First Prophet, Nehemiah Scudder. John Lyle, a graduate of West Point and now a member of the Prophet’s elite guard “Angels of the Lord,” joins an underground revolt when he finally begins to question the society under which he always lived: