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Tuesday, April 13, 2004
  What is Sonia Arrison saying?

How can you use Star Trek, a future were supposedly money doesn't exist and the means of production are limitless, to support an argument for capitalism? I don't know, but Sonia tried. Maybe she would use "Dallas" as a prime example of communism? Or maybe "Buffy, The Vampire Slayer" is a clear example of supply sider economics. You know, as vampires become scarce...

I believe her theme is: "The answer explains why capitalism is as much an account of human nature as it is an economic theory." Well, replace capitalism w/ Darwinism and it makes more sense. But, I think it still fails, unless you are implying that humans will kill other humans once there is no longer anything to gain from it. And that may in fact be true, but I don't think it has anything to do with capitalism or freedom. Sounds a whole lot more like psychosis.

Well, like I said, she tries.
TCS: Tech Central Station - Trekking to a Deeper Understanding of Human Nature:
"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.


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."
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. 
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