Richard T. Fowler

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Sociopolitical Meaning of Star Trek, and Associated Discussion about the American Experiment — A.D. 2012/02/27 01

Additional comment is invited emerging from the conversation involving myself and Mr Lynn at this location:

The issue of globalism is also discussed at length on that thread, and ties into the two matters cited in the title.


One response to “Sociopolitical Meaning of Star Trek, and Associated Discussion about the American Experiment — A.D. 2012/02/27 01

  1. Richard T. Fowler 2012/02/27 21:05 at 21:05

    Mr Lynn asks me:

    Richard T. Fowler says:
    February 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Gene Roddenberry was a very brilliant man who was given a very hard task and did extremely well at it. That task was this: sell the American people on Leninism by portraying it up-close and personal in its theoretical utopian form, while still convincing the vast majority that what was being portrayed was the very essence of American rugged individualism and exceptionalism. . .

    . . . The two series with which he was involved, the original and Next Generation, were without question, some of the most ingenious sociopolitical projects of the 20th century, if not the most. But to really understand them, one has to approach them as polemic works. If one approaches them as objective works of social science, one is doomed to failure. . . [my emphasis]

    This smacks of serious over-analysis to me. Do you have documentation for this claim the Gene Roddenberry (and co-writers) were closet, or surreptitious, Marxist-Leninists?

    Mr Lynn,

    I do not. But as a some-time student of Sovietology, I am more familiar with the earmarks of such phenomena than the average person. I am sure that such documentation exists in the public domain; however, I regret I cannot point you to it. All I can suggest is that you search the episodes and films yourself (the films that Roddenberry was involved in) for evidence of congruence with the features I have described. If you approach these works as polemics, you will have a different view coming out than if you do not. Your assumptions going in will affect what you see and what you don’t see. This is always true, not just with Star Trek.

    I’m sorry that you think my comment smacks of anything. But I certainly cannot agree that it constitutes an over-analysis. It may be more analysis than you are comfortable with, but if anything it is just the tip of the iceberg of what is needed.

    You write, “What interests me more is your claim (February 27, 2012 at 10:02 am) that the principles which informed the American Experiment are not suited to the governance of large-scale entities. There is much more to be said, pro and con, about this essential issue, but this is not the forum for that discussion.”

    Please feel free to elaborate, if you like.


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