Rush Limborg wrote:
Remember, in my full post, I just pointed out that Star Trek is a work of fiction. In fiction, we think outside the box, and allow for possibilities which are arguably absurd and unrealistic, due to the premises we are given.
Certain of the premises of Star Trek
are fantastical, wish-fulfillment of one kind or another: faster-than-light travel, interbreeding with other sophont species, and the like.
That doesn't mean that all of the premises have to be. This is particularly the case when, the background assumptions of remarkable technological possibilities aside, the characters and societies of the time seem to be organized on principles recognizable in our own. There's no sign of the massive organizational or psychological changes necessary to permit indefinitely enduring and powerful conspiratorial networks.