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Old May 4 2013, 02:04 PM   #405
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Re: Roddenberry's Worst Ideas

The Greek colonels, a committed band of conservative heroes who idolized America, used their skills at tyranny and torture to created the "taxation problems" mentioned in a tangent above. Those were vastly more important as a domestic factor in Greece's problems than a decent standard of living for ordinary people. Quite aside from the supposed purpose of an economy being to provide for people's livelihoods, rather than people's lives being reduced to labor supply, it is plain that the facile assumption that Greece's problems are Greek, rather than a problem in the world capitalist system is unsupported. It is purely propagandistic.

But of course we're not supposed to discuss genuinely relevant examples of reality as we supposedly discuss that validity of Roddenberryan extrapolations, are we? As noted, then, this is just another of those dread tangents, which are never allowed on a bbs!

Data wanting to be human is a big mistake in TNG. Why would anyone want to lose their faculties, then die, most likely in slow decline terminated by agony? Plainly, the robot is broken.
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