September 05, 2015

To Boldly Go...Where Exactly?

This is a surprisingly interesting essay. While it's title suggests it is a about politics, this is really an analysis of the ethics (or lack thereof) that inform them. 

It touches upon Nazi hunters, Klingons, the divine right of kings, moral relativism  and the philosophical conflict behind the eugenics wars.

I speak of rights! A machine has none. A man must! 

Do read the whole thing.

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1 I never saw any of Star Trek beyond the initial series. Apparently what I didn't watch was well worth missing.

Posted by: Don at Sat Sep 5 12:14:17 2015 (0jMXy)

2 That was an excellent essay.  I entered a Kirk v. Picard argument several years ago by pointing out the following:  if there were an actual, honest episode of Star Trek made based on how the original series was written vs how TNG was written, Kirk would attack Picard as a Manchurian traitor smuggled in by Klingons or Romulans to take control of the Federation.

Posted by: Ben at Sat Sep 5 12:21:11 2015 (S4UJw)

3 That was fantastic.  It crystallized and put into words what up until now was a vague impression of something being wrong.

I've been passing the link around and similar reactions have followed it everywhere.

Posted by: Mauser at Sun Sep 6 20:07:46 2015 (TJ7ih)

4 I've often posited that sometime between TOS and TNG, the Federation had some unfortunate socialist revolution. It's the only way to explain all the cultural changes.

Posted by: ams at Mon Sep 7 21:24:15 2015 (GtPd7)

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