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  •  Interestingly, the utopian existence of Star... (3+ / 0-)
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    bobinson, Aunt Pat, ten canvassers

    Trek TNG is preceded by 100-200 years of chaos and slaughter, starting with relocation of 'undesirables' to ghettos and culminating in nuclear holocaust that kills around 600 million. It takes another 100 years or so for Earth to unite and conquer deprivation and factionalism.

    All of which is to say, it's entirely imaginable that we could see a return to the Middle Ages before we get to Star Trek.

    "The Democratic Party is not our friend: it is the only party we can negotiate with."

    by 2020adam on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 12:27:54 AM PST

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    •  And Star Trek did not use money (2+ / 0-)
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      It was kind of an egalitarian meritocracy in my humble opinion. I always wondered what the folks were like who weren't good enough to make the Starfleet cut. On a related note, I really did not like the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition.


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      by bobinson on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 03:05:15 AM PST

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      •  Picard's brother, back on Earth, was a... (0+ / 0-)

        wine maker. Rather obsessed with maintaining his Luddite existence. Jean-Luc indicates that the Federation basically gives out replicators. So it seems that anyone can do anything they want with their life, productive or otherwise.

        "The Democratic Party is not our friend: it is the only party we can negotiate with."

        by 2020adam on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 03:58:59 PM PST

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