"The TV series Star Trek recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, prompting some to marvel at how real-world technologies have caught up with science fiction. But aside from outlining gadget concepts, Trek contains important lessons about capitalism and freedom.In case I wasn't clear, upon reading it, I think this argument holds up like wet toilet tissue. Surely she could have found a better vehicle than this, but then, I guess I ultimately don't see her point, unless it's...no, I can't really see it...maybe it's the Star Trek references that are throwing me.
Capitalism, at its most basic level, is an economic system that tackles the question of how to distribute scarce resources. It is based on private property, voluntary exchange, and individual choices. But what happens when resources are no longer scarce? The answer explains why capitalism is as much an account of human nature as it is an economic theory...
...Freedom to make one's own decisions is a necessity for capitalism and, as demonstrated above, capitalism is about more than money. There is scarcity in many areas of human conduct and the popularity of the Star Trek series over the last 40 years shows that there's no lack of interest in these issues.
The tension that exists among humans will continue, even if society is able to eliminate physical scarcity through new technologies. Since that's the case, Star Trek and stories with similar themes should live long and prosper."