The Future of Humanity's Economy, Part II
by Saab Lofton
"Social action must be animated by a vision of a future society."
--Professor Noam Chomsky
... and as visions of the future go, it doesn't get any better than Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek. Unfortunately, given the extent to which laissez-faire capitalism (otherwise known as Reaganomics) is CURRENTLY dominant in America, Roddenberry's vision is under attack because it depicts the Human race as having abolished poverty, and obviously, a libertarian has less than zero interest in THAT.
What's worse, it's also assailed from within since Roberto Orci -- one of the screenwriters behind the 2009 Star Trek remake -- said during a Q&A with fans that, "there's money, or some kind of credit system in this [version]."
Fucking disgusting! By trying to pander to the LOWEST common denominator, Orci not only went against one of Roddenberry's most important edicts, but he's depriving the impoverished of a much needed source of HOPE. Life is all about having something to look forward to -- call it a carrot-on-a-stick, if you will, but it's as Bill Maher wisely stated in the documentary, Religulous ...
"If you believe that the world is going to come to an end -- and perhaps any day now -- does it not drain one's motivation to improve life on Earth while we're here?"
... I mean, really! Trekkies can imagine bizarre creatures, far-fetched technology and mysterious stellar anomalies, but when it comes to imagining a future Earth devoid of poverty, all of a sudden these motherfuckers come down with a bad case of writer's block? As the Church Lady from Saturday Night Live would say, "how convenient (for the taxphobic corporate elite, that is)!"
For those of you who don't know the show very well, Roddenberry made it quite clear from the onset that Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets (the good guys, by the way) are commies ...
Captain Picard: The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of Humanity.
--from the movie, Star Trek: First Contact
Gillian Taylor: Don't tell me they don't use money in the 23rd century.
Captain Kirk: Well, we doN'T.
--from the movie, Star Trek: The Voyage Home
... and though Roddenberry himself wasn't what one would call a revolutionary, he did express the following sentiment in his 1991 interview with David Alexander from The Humanist ...
"I've never been motivated by money. I wouldn't write a script differently if someone said they would give me $20,000 more for good will or whatever."
... and then there's THIS ...
Roddenberry: The censorship we had in the early days was related to skin and kisses and the like. That level of censorship would not be acceptable today because audiences are becoming more educated. However, the truly serious things that we can be censored about are criticism about the military-industrial complex and advertising. You have to tread very carefully around advertising because it uses television to whet appetites and sell products. You’ve got to be careful about that.
The Humanist: Corporate interests?
Roddenberry: Corporate interests, the possibility that Russia might be a little bit right in some things it does.
... A LITTLE BIT, as in the effort to abolish poverty -- and before any inbred retards from the Tea Party cry Stalin, keep in mind Scandinavia has managed to have BOTH free expression AND free social services withOUT unraveling the fabric of the space-time continuum ...
"Twenty years ago when people here thought about socialism they were thinking about the Soviet Union ... Now they think about Scandinavia. In Vermont people understand I'm talking about democratic socialism."
--U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, November 2nd, 2006, The Guardian (UK)
... however, to evade the issue, all too many claim that the food producing replicators used by Star Trek's characters are supposedly the reason why there's no poverty. WRONG! Check out this scene from the pilot episode of the series, Star Trek: Enterprise ...
Captain Archer: If you'd been on Earth fifty years ago, I think you'd be impressed by what we've gotten done.
Commander T'Pol: You have yet to embrace either patience or logic.
Chief Engineer Tucker: Yeah? How about war, disease, hunger? Pretty much wiped 'em out in less than two generations.
... Star Trek: Enterprise is set in the 2150s -- at least a century in the storyline BEFORE the first appearance of a replicator; Archer, T'Pol and Tucker ate in a GALLEY run by a CHEF, which means Earth HAD to have shared its wealth in order to account for the aforementioned. Also too, Orci's remake is set AFTER this point -- so if his sorry ass ever attempts to claim that the Human race supposedly reverted back to capitalistic savagery, go to South Africa and ask if anyone (who's darker than a shopping bag) would prefer to revert to apartheid.
I'll end on this note ...
Captain Archer: For thousands of years, my people had similar problems. We fought three world wars that almost destroyed us. Whole generations were nearly wiped out.
Kolos: What changed?
Captain Archer: A few courageous people began to realize they could make a difference.
--from an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise entitled Judgment
... be COURAGEOUS.