Nerys Myk wrote:
Well, clearly the 20th Century we lived in and the one that is in Star Trek's past are not the same, and never really have been.
was meant to be our future. Which is why, when its speculation about what the future will be is shown to be wrong, it should be ignored.
I dunno, I tend to agree with Mysterion
that Trek's timeline/universe/whatever is not the same as ours.
The most compelling argument for this in TOS itself is "Assignment: Earth". The Enterprise
travels back in time to the same year that the episode aired in, and both superpowers were launching orbital nuclear weapons platforms in that period. This wasn't the writers speculating on the future; this was them setting a story in their present
and having something happen that they knew wasn't happening in reality. That pretty much cements the fact that Star Trek's 1968 was not the same as ours, and deliberately so.