Star Trek and liberalism

This is old news, but the National Review is worried about Star Trek:

I have over the past couple of months been watching DVDs of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a show I missed completely in its run of 1987 to 1994; and I confess myself amazed that so many conservatives are fond of it.

In fairness, there are many reasons why one might not like Star Trek, or TNG in particular. Maybe it’s a sane explanation…

Its messages are unabashedly liberal ones of the early post-Cold War era…

Ah, OK. So he’s objecting perhaps to the fact that Star Trek has a socialist economy, where money has been abandoned and where acquisition of wealth is denigrated. Or maybe he objects to the notion that the United States has subsumed itself into a global government, itself a member of an interplanetary parliament which reduces its members’ sovereignty. Those are certainly contentious choices, and even liberals might find themselves questioning some of those choices. So, what are the unabashedly liberal values our conservative author rejects?

… – peace, tolerance, due process, progress (as opposed to skepticism about human perfectibility).



  1. #1 kathy Orlinsky
    December 31, 2009

    At least The National Review can be pleased at the number of wars the Federation finds itself fighting. That’s good news for the future.

  2. #2 Cappy
    January 4, 2010

    Except no one is making any money off the wars…except the Farengi.

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