Starship Troopers was published in 1950s America, a time when the United States had emerged victorious from the second world war. Respect for authority and deference to the common good had demonstrated results to a battered nation still scarred by the Great Depression, and Robert A. Heinlein’s book depicts a world much like that of 1950s America – prosperous, united, and not so secretly authoritarian. As many have seen the movie of the same name, we examine how the film departs from the book, and search for meaning between the lines. In a world that has since grown very much different from that of the United States after WWII, would a return to that society be preferable to the one in which you find yourself? Would you “join up”?