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Star Trek Utopia and Economy

KR0490

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Report this Apr. 01 2013, 9:06 am

I am doing a research project looking at Star Trek, and how it is supposed to show an idealistic version of the future, and of a utopia.  I need some resources of people who have previously analyzes some of these aspects, preferably credible/scholarly sources.  Also, if you know any clips on youtube of startrek where they discuss these things, that would be great too.


 


Thanks!

2takesfrakes

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Report this Apr. 01 2013, 10:18 am

STAR TREK's substitution of "money"
with "credits" spoke VOLUMES as to
the absurdity of this foolhearty notion that
money can ever be taken out of the Human
Equation. Money was never the problem.
It is the LOVE of money - greed and
corruption - that steals Men's souls!


And the fact is Humanity is incapable of
doing anything - be it magnificent, or very
humble - without the reward of a monetary
exchange of some sort. And if the past 13
years have been any indication, Humans have
been DeEvolving, since the turn of the Century.
Enlightenment is not the direction we're headed in!


Mitchz95

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Report this Apr. 01 2013, 5:30 pm

I haven't seen or heard of any such sources, but I'll keep an eye out.


@2takesfrakes: I agree completely in terms of the money argument, but I'm not sure I agree with your assertion that humanity is "de-evolving". While there is still greed, corruption, and barbarism in the world, there are also good, generous people fighting for a better future. Racism, sexism, etc are all declining, and I think it's just a matter of time before we figure out a system that allows people to have their own personal freedoms while still maintaining the integrity of civilization. Hopefully it'll happen sooner rather than later.


"The future is in the hands of those who explore... And from all the beauty they discover while crossing perpetually receding frontiers, they develop for nature and for humankind an infinite love." - Jacques Yves Cousteau

2takesfrakes

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Report this Apr. 01 2013, 5:49 pm

I do not see racism in decline, myself. It seems
more like racism has moved laterally, from the
standard stereotypes of the past, to others who,
perhaps, weren't given much attention, back then.


Like Muslims, Pakistans and Asians. Whilst Latinos &
African Americans aren't targeted, as they were before.
I also see basic rights like Privacy having been rescinded
wholesale and not just on the internet. It's like Soviet Russia!


Ageism runs rampant, too. Despite H.G. Well's warnings, Big Brother
has become not only tolerated in Western Society, but is now totally
accepted and aggrandized. The media has openly abandoned The
Truth for mere sensationalism & profit. I don't really see progress ...


heronymous

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Report this Apr. 01 2013, 7:05 pm

Hi KR0490 ! There are a number of scholarly books , but here is a starter link - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Federation_of_Planets  .


And a list of books to check:


Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years - http://www.amazon.com/Star-Trek-Federation-First-Years/dp/1612184170 


Star Trek Politics by Reinhard Kuck


The Influence of Star Trek on Television , Film and Culture by Lincoln Geraghty


Star Trek and Philosophy by Jason Eberl


Star Trek Visions of Law and Justice by Robert Chaires


Star Trek and Sacred Ground by Jennifer Porter


Unfortunately , these books are not cheap or readily available , and it will take you about a year and half to read all these . Good Luck and Swift Reading , Sir !


 


 

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