Re: Tyrants & Dictators on Barsoom
> Carter was more what we think of as a Generalissimo. ThinkShogun.
> I think he used the term warlord to give the story exotic color.He
> most surely was a dictator, but ERB's conciet was that he was notan
> *evil* dictator.its
> I don't think the language has changed that much since the time
> that ERB was writing. I think he actually used the word "gay" in
> current familiar context in "The Girl from Hollywood", but I wouldcommon
> have to re read it to be positive. In any case, the term was
> enough from the 1880's on. I agree, however, that ERB would (atbest)
> be perplexed by the concept of gay marriage.I don't think Carter was a dictator or even had a dictators powers.
> -Seth Kallen Deitch
I agree that his position was more of an Allied commander. Someone
in Charge of Heliums forces and of allied forces when they Joined in.
That said, he did throw his weight around in the fashion of "Might
makes Right", If I remember correctly, at the end of Mastermind
Carter shows up at Phundahl because a slave Girl, who was the fiance
of the guy ( I think his name was Dar Tarus) who would eventually
become the Jeddak, went to him to complain of how Xaxa was evil. So
he decides to show up with a fleet of a thousand warships to "make