Saturday, 5 December 2015
New Refinements Of Evil
Humanity domesticates animals; Draka domesticate humanity. Nasty but we understand it.
Some Draka want to use genetics to lower the serfs' intelligence and remove their will. Expectable. It is probably what Wells' Martians or Niven's kzinti would have done to human beings that they did not eat whereas at least some of Anderson's Merseians would want willing subordinates.
Senator Eric von Shrakenberg argues against that use of genetics on the ground that the Race dominates humanity precisely by imposing its will on humanity's will. Without that, there would no longer be any Racial pride. I think that this is a new refinement.
I suspect that von Shrakenberg's argument is dishonest. In fact, he recognizes the evil of the Domination and wants to place some limit on it. But, in any case, what a Hell on Earth! Stirling pursues the consequences of an alternative history perhaps further than any other writer?