Welcome to the 23rd century, where “warp drive” has made space travel not only possible but really, really fast! The entire planet Earth is under control of one “government” and no one has to worry about a job because everyone has one. They all work together not for pay– they have “evolved” beyond the pursuit of “things”– but they use their skills and talents to further the human condition and the ability to “explore strange new worlds” as their government instructs them.
Don’t get me wrong: I really like watching Star Trek. I’ve got the entire set of the Next Generation TV series and all the movies! The creative genius of Gene Roddenberry is legendary, and those who work to carry on his legend have done very well so far.
I believe it was never Roddenberry’s intent to portray it as such, but it’s nothing but Communism on a planetary scale. It would require the provision of a basic living to every human on Earth, and make the government the sole entity that can buy products from corporations which the government controls, which are then dispensed to the population in a world-wide welfare program. The logistics necessary are astounding, and frankly impossible on a world-wide scale, even with a one-world-government. The fact is, someone is going to be left without the means to live, either inadvertently or, more likely, on purpose to control the populous behavior and growth.
Sometime in the 20th century Communism became Globalism. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx was seen and accepted as the ultimate Utopian vision in the 19th century, and a lot of dictators are still trying to reach that perfect state (pun intended). The problem is, a human-centered global society isn’t possible for one main reason: The humans at the center of the society!
All of the Star Trek genres still have all the facets of human life and history manifested in everything from war, murder, slavery, theft, and even good old fashioned bar-room fights, all of which result from the human characteristics of people (and strangely enough aliens have the same characteristics). These traits are deeply seated; love, anger, envy, fear, compassion, etc., all serve in one way or another to make us unique as human beings.
The trouble with Communism is that sooner or later it denies humanity and the individuality that makes up humanity. It has throughout history been a government of the elite controlling the poor by convincing them the rich are evil and they are the cause of all problems the poor face. Ironically (and with intent) the evil rich are the ones convincing the poor of that “fact”.
A lower class of people—those who are prevented from becoming educated and trained for a vocation of their choosing — can be incited to violence, and Communist leaders can step in and overthrow the political system, take control of the economic system, and become the “Saviour” of the lower class by promising to “redistribute the wealth” and declare everything “belongs to the people.” For a while it gives the people a sense of power, even ownership, but it doesn’t last. Soon they find there is no wealth being distributed, they cannot own anything, and instead they are left with hopelessness. Suddenly the riots that were encouraged and used to enforce the insertion of a “new” government are quenched with deadly force, and it doesn’t matter how many people die.
So far in Western culture where free trade and capitalism exist, there is a larger middle class of people. It’s far harder to incite violence in a group of people who are educated, industrious, religious, and hard working. So the Marxists had to change their modus operandi.
Instead of flatly murdering or exiling celebrities, the rich, and intellectuals, they are now courted and recruited with promises of being in the elite ruling class in return for their influence. When a famous athlete or actor stands up and speaks about things other than sports or acting, regardless of their experience or expertise, the fans tend to listen, and not only do they listen, they emulate them and their ideas.
The late Ann Landers said if a million people have a bad idea, it is still a bad idea! The worst idea(s) ever to be shared by millions of people is called “political correctness.” It is not based on reason, fact, or necessity, it is spawned out of a basic human need to be popular and accepted (and yes, loved), but it always includes a rush to judgment. Unfortunately, there are those who aim to take advantage of our human needs in order to manipulate us, influence our behavior, and shape our thinking. By doing so, they gain control of our lives in a subtle, insidious way.
Those are the people of whom we must be vigilant, guarding against their negative influences on our freedom, independence, and self-worth. They are the ones who promote division and conflict. They are the ones who deny what our Founding Fathers believed about ‘all men are created equal.’
Being created equal doesn’t mean we all have exactly the same traits and abilities. It means in the eyes of the Creator all people have worth, and as created beings we have a responsibility to see that worth in each other, as well as acknowledge the need to know the Creator.
By denying the Creator, we deny our self-worth. Whether out of fear or arrogance or just disbelief, when we deny the existence of God we give up the right of freedom because we become enslaved to a lesser idea of what Humanity can be.
Ideologies based on greed, avarice, lust, power, and control can only lead to self-destruction both as individuals and as a society in the end.
And there will be an end.