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Old March 30 2013, 12:05 PM   #197
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Re: Roddenberry's Worst Ideas

T'Girl wrote: View Post
But Kirk's statement came just after the group witnessed a woman using coins (i.e. physical currency) to purchase a newspaper from a vending machine.
Suppose they'd gone back to 2086 instead and found that no physical currency was in use. They'd still need to get some money, wouldn't they? That Kirk is reminded of that fact by seeing the use of physical currency doesn't lend itself to the interpretation you're presenting.

And Picard dialog there is the sole reference to there being no money in the future.
No, Jake Sisko and Nog have at least one extensive conversation about it. Noonien Soong speaks derisively about the past: "People got sick, they needed money." Is he talking about physical currency there? In the context, it makes about as much sense to interpret it that way as it would to suggest that Soong is saying people don't vomit in the 24th century.

In the double episode Reunification, a woman solicited a gratuity from Riker, Riker doesn't respond with "Sorry dear, money doesn't exist in the 24th century." Instead he said that he doesn't carry money, indicating that Riker associates "money" with something you carry. Something physical.

In 'Tribbles, Uhura went to the K7 station to do some shopping, and at one point offered to purchace a tribble, asking how much one cost. Now wait, Uhura wasn't carrying a purse and her uniform possessed no pockets, where was her currency? She was going to be paying yes, but not with physical "money."
Yeah, like I said, irretrievably self-contradictory.
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