Originally posted on According To Hoyt:
I’ve been listening to If This Goes On in audiobook while I clean the house. I still think that Heinlein was right about the coming theocracy – that is he was right about the theocratic impulse that he saw in the American people. I see it too. It’s what I’ve referred to in the past as Americans being, in the community of nations, the Aspergers kid who takes things seriously, things that no one else accepts as written/said. This has a good side, such as a lot of us taking things like the Constitution very seriously, and a bad side, such as people taking the whole multiculti thing seriously. (The rest of the world might parrot it, but no, they don’t take it seriously.)
The problem was that Heinlein was a man of his time – as we are all men and women of our time, and it would be good for certain people on the extreme left to remember that – and his place, and when he thought of “theocracy” he thought in terms of traditional religion.
I think it’s funny, since even as he wrote If This Goes On that “traditional religion” he spoke of was vanishing from the world. It was largely gone from Europe, and the seeds of its vanishing were already planted in the states. Religious faith in a supernatural power was in fact being replaced with a faith in the state as the arbitrary of morals and the end of all psychic life — a faith that would penetrate even the Catholic church and most of the protestant churches in the US (no? Ask any mainline minister/priest about government help to the poor/immigration laws/socialized health.)