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Star Trek: 50th Anniversary

#1  Postby Mike_L » Sep 08, 2016 5:11 pm

The original series launched on 8 September 1966, starting a sci-fi phenomenon that's still going strong...

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Re: Star Trek: 50th Anniversary

#2  Postby tuco » Sep 08, 2016 5:18 pm

WEEEE!

First I saw Star Trek on ORF - Österreich TV :) which we were able to receive being close to borders sometimes in 80's. Did not understand it much, or rather almost nothing but at least there were Mars bar ads during the show. Not sure why communists did not like it too because Star Trek is pretty communist.
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#3  Postby ScholasticSpastic » Sep 08, 2016 6:46 pm

tuco wrote:Not sure why communists did not like it too because Star Trek is pretty communist.

:lol: It really is.
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Re: Star Trek: 50th Anniversary

#4  Postby tuco » Sep 08, 2016 7:06 pm

Which is probably why they did not like it. What they did had little to do with communism as andyx1205 would educate us about if he was still around. In fact, communism is not possible without a) infinite* source of energy b) energy to matter converters. Fucking Marx, how come he did not see it? ;)

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Re: Star Trek: 50th Anniversary

#5  Postby Animavore » Sep 08, 2016 7:15 pm

50 years and it's only hitting its stride now.


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#6  Postby SafeAsMilk » Sep 08, 2016 7:27 pm

I dunno, that last movie was pretty crap.
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Re: Star Trek: 50th Anniversary

#8  Postby DougC » Sep 10, 2016 2:04 am

Animavore wrote:50 years and it's only hitting its stride now.


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Re: Star Trek: 50th Anniversary

#9  Postby tuco » Sep 10, 2016 2:43 am

At the heart of the last article is this article: Who Mines The Dilithium? - http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/20 ... dilithium/

However, its pointless to argue over physics of Star Trek in sense .. is it possible or not? In ST universe its possible, period. There are unlimited sources of energy, there are replicators, there are no money and no markets. As the article states: Its Gene Rodenberry’s liberal utopianism, which can be said to be similar to communism.

If we start pondering about physics, the whole ST universe is likely to collapse. No space travel. To me its silly avenue to pursue. There are infinite* sources of energy in the universe - black holes for example - and there is little we know about the universe in the first place. Who can predict, with any reliability, what will be 1 000, 10 000 or 1 000 000 years from now? Nobody.

Another point from the last article:

When people are provided with a guaranteed living, whether they work or not, they don’t generally devote themselves to self-improvement, the betterment of mankind, the writing of deathless poetry, or the peaceful exploration of the galaxy. Instead, they tend to stop working, striving, or putting forth any effort at all, not even the effort of changing out of their pajamas in the morning.


This is arse gravy as it does not hold truth even today, let alone in distant future. This is the link supporting the claim: http://www.dailyedge.ie/social-welfare- ... 2-Jan2012/

Robert Tracinski, the author, even links himself: http://thefederalist.com/2013/10/18/sta ... economics/ when making this point:

At best, what the advocates of statism get from Star Trek is the fantasy that some kind of “replicator” technology could actually make the welfare state work—or, more substantially, the illusion that economic communism can somehow be combined with individualism.


Its not complete rubbish and the author done some homework, but to me its .. cool story bro. I will wait the thousands years and see for myself how it works out ;)
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Re: Star Trek: 50th Anniversary

#10  Postby lpetrich » Sep 10, 2016 11:27 am


When people are provided with a guaranteed living, whether they work or not, they don’t generally devote themselves to self-improvement, the betterment of mankind, the writing of deathless poetry, or the peaceful exploration of the galaxy. Instead, they tend to stop working, striving, or putting forth any effort at all, not even the effort of changing out of their pajamas in the morning.

This is from some poor people who show up in pajamas for interviews. Seems like they are short on money more than anything else. That gentleman should look at trust-fund babies, people who live off of inherited money and the like. Also look at noblepeople and aristocrats over history. That's IMO the best analogy for how people live in a Star Trek sort of society. Such a society's technology is good enough to enable people to live an upper-middle-class lifestyle without having to do much work.

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#11  Postby igorfrankensteen » Sep 10, 2016 9:00 pm

Oh, piffle. Star Trek wasn't "communist." Not remotely. It frankly wasn't all that well thought out, when it came to socio-financial-political stuff. I saw it as it was being originally broadcast, and recognized then, all the usual things we see in both future-based, and history-based dramas. That is, that the stories told are always reflections and or fantasies of the times they are written during.

I recall in particular, one episode wherein the Klingons and Federation folks were each using one of the primary societies of a certain remote planet, to fight a proxy war with each other. The story was essentially a complete support as possible for the Vietnam War to be continued as long as it could be. Hardly a communist-positive notion.

The Star Trek background ideas, with no more wars at home, and no poverty and so on, were less something that Roddenberry was actively trying to promote, than it was for the sake of making it easy to write outward-facing stories all the time. It had more to do (I think) with the relative wealth of the United States at that time, than to any crafted socio-economic agenda. Same reason why high wages for all workers, and lots of support for welfare and unions was relatively accepted in the same time period.
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Re: Star Trek: 50th Anniversary

#12  Postby tuco » Sep 11, 2016 8:19 am

In another thread, igorfrankensteen, you wrote:

As far as I can tell, there are only about a dozen people left here to discuss things with.


which leads me to believe you count yourself among such people. Yet apparently you devoted zero effort to lets say educating yourself about the subject you commented on, namely post #7 by lpetrich with links debating whether or not "ST is communist". Let me note that it does not compute to me how someone who wants to debate issues does not educate oneself about them, nor reads contribution to debate by others.

To the point. Since I do not like reinventing the wheel, feel free to debunk/debate the points noted/arguments made in the links from post #7 where analogies between ST and communism were drawn. I've done it with contrary opinion in post #9.

As for Gene Roddenberry's political views. Little is known, to me, about them so I did little (re)search:

As we pause to observe these twin anniversaries, the occasion gives rise to the question: What would the father of “Star Trek” have thought of the world today?

“I think he would be very concerned and upset about the current state of affairs,” Star Trek historian Mark A. Altman tells The Post’s Comic Riffs.

Roddenberry, who was born in 1921, envisioned a future of greater unity, says Altman, noting that the writer-showrunner was wary of whatever forces or institutions could spark divisiveness.

“Roddenberry’s own politics evolved over time,” says Altman, who is co-author of the new Star Trek two-volume oral history, “The Fifty-Year Mission.” “I’m always amused when Ted Cruz says that ‘Star Trek’ is his favorite television show. Because I don’t think there is any world where Star Trek is anything but a progressive, liberal vision of the future — in which big government is a good thing, and we can all get along. It’s a utopian ethos that is a result of one world government, and not exceptionalism of any particular country.”

“I think he would be heartbroken over political gridlock where people couldn’t find common ground,” Altman says.

“The militancy and sturdiness of political correctness would disturb him as well,” the historian continues. “But I think he would still not lose faith that we have to go through these challenging times before we can come out the other side. He would look at this as the dark times. ‘The Next Generation’ talked about the post-nuclear horror of the 21st century, and a start coming out of this long night. This, too, shall pass, and we hopefully learn from our mistakes.”


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/com ... e-in-2016/


Or here another look at (d)evolution of Star Trek: THE POLITICS OF STAR TREK

Roddenberry and his colleagues were World War II veterans, whose country was now fighting the Cold War against a Communist aggressor they regarded with horror. They considered the Western democracies the only force holding back worldwide totalitarian dictatorship. The best expression of their spirit was John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, with its proud promise to “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”


http://www.claremont.org/crb/article/th ... star-trek/

Now I suspect misunderstanding here is: what ideals of Marxims are and what the reality was. I noted the difference in my initial post here and the one after. The closing line of The Communist Manifesto (1848) reads: Working Men of All Countries, Unite!, which is also my closing line with addition: Working Wo/Men of All Countries, Unite!
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#13  Postby igorfrankensteen » Sep 12, 2016 11:54 am

Tuco, you failed to provide support for any of your attempts to chastise me. I wont bother detailing it all, because what you posted is too much of a mess to deal with, and isn't worth the effort to try.

I'll just leave it at, that what you quoted, thinking it supported what YOU are saying, did not do so.
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Re: Star Trek: 50th Anniversary

#14  Postby tuco » Sep 12, 2016 12:09 pm

/shrugs I said I do not like to reinvent the wheel: rewrite what others wrote. Arguments for communism are ripe for picking in links included.

What you wrote was anecdote and false claim: not even remotely .. then another false claim about Mr Roddenberry.
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Re: Star Trek: 50th Anniversary

#15  Postby Sendraks » Sep 12, 2016 12:17 pm

You've no demonstrated it was false.

I don't recall anything communist or socialist about Star Trek in the many decades I've been watching it. Its utopian vision of the future is one where the "American Dream" has spread and been accepted by all, so this utterly false utopia where everyone works hard and attains their dreams somehow exists.

Or maybe I missed the episodes where they talked about socialist concepts like universal healthcare for the public. Sure everyone in Starfleet has access to some of the hottest healthcare available but, that's available to serving personnel, not the public.
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Re: Star Trek: 50th Anniversary

#16  Postby tuco » Sep 12, 2016 12:27 pm

I will repeat it again.. I do not like to reinvent the wheel, so it wouldn't make sense to prove .. not even remotely .. as false. It's been done already just igorfrankesteen ignored it.

As for Mr Roddenberry, again either sheer ignorance or blatant lie as I indeed demonstrated.
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#17  Postby Sendraks » Sep 12, 2016 12:48 pm

Ah I see, you think refusing to respond and simply stating that "its been done" is somehow an acceptable alternative to discussion.

In lack of anything approaching a coherent response from tuco, clearly my comments are unchallenged and certainly not in anyway contradicted by earlier posts.
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#18  Postby Thomas Eshuis » Sep 12, 2016 1:06 pm

igorfrankensteen wrote:Oh, piffle. Star Trek wasn't "communist." Not remotely. It frankly wasn't all that well thought out, when it came to socio-financial-political stuff. I saw it as it was being originally broadcast, and recognized then, all the usual things we see in both future-based, and history-based dramas. That is, that the stories told are always reflections and or fantasies of the times they are written during.

I recall in particular, one episode wherein the Klingons and Federation folks were each using one of the primary societies of a certain remote planet, to fight a proxy war with each other. The story was essentially a complete support as possible for the Vietnam War to be continued as long as it could be. Hardly a communist-positive notion.

The Star Trek background ideas, with no more wars at home, and no poverty and so on, were less something that Roddenberry was actively trying to promote, than it was for the sake of making it easy to write outward-facing stories all the time. It had more to do (I think) with the relative wealth of the United States at that time, than to any crafted socio-economic agenda. Same reason why high wages for all workers, and lots of support for welfare and unions was relatively accepted in the same time period.

The closest it got, afaik, is in the First Contact film, where JL explains to Lilly that humans have done away with currency all together as well as the goal of acquiring material wealth.
How they've done this, or how such a society would function, is never explained.
There certainly wasn't anything about the equal division of labour, unions, soviets, etc.
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Re: Star Trek: 50th Anniversary

#19  Postby BlackBart » Sep 12, 2016 1:28 pm

One could speculate that fusion power and matter replication would eventually render money obsolete. Star Trek is more of an idealised capitalist society where every one is at least comfortable via the advance of technology.
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Re: Star Trek: 50th Anniversary

#20  Postby laklak » Sep 12, 2016 6:48 pm

BBC America is doing a marathon of ALL the series, starting with the original. Last night I watched "The City on the Edge of Forever", where Kirk and Spock go back in time to pre-WWII Germany and Spock attempts to build a "subspace communicator using stone knives and bear claws", then "Amok Time", when Spock gets the Vulcan 7 year itch, and my favorite of the first series, "Mirror, Mirror", where Kirk gets accidentally transported into an alternate universe where the Federation are like Klingons and there's Evil Spock:

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