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Someone in the audience brought up Farnham's Freehold - Barnes said merely 'Don't get me started.'

What I find very, very weird is the notion, widely accepted among sf fans, than Farnham's Freehold is a racist work. Steve Barnes has likely thought about this more than I have; but in the absence of any comments from him:

Isn't Heinlein using the classic "Jonathan Swift" like tools to satirize (in a particularly savage way) that trappings of racism? It works in two ways. One, when the victims of the treatment are white, you get a little bit of shock factor to 1960s-era audiences. Two, the dominant black society is doing exactly the same things to their subservient white population that whites had been doing for a couple hundred years to their enslaved black population. Separating families, dividing the enslaved group into "house" slaves and "labor" slaves, selective breeding, castration, etc etc etc. I don't see how the novel is racist: a virulent anti-racism polemic seems more the mark.

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