Dale Sams wrote:
Tracey had already "contaminated" the planet by taking sides with the Comms and using phasers as well as arming the Comms with the phasers he took from Kirk's party. Advanced tech had already been introduced. Kirk "explaining" the meaning of the Yangs' document hardly complicates matters.
Well said. Phasers in the hands of Khoms (and the Yangs who witnessed the incredible sight of "fireboxes" at work) alters the culture more than someone reading a native document, simply reiterating its meaning.
Prior contamination doesn't give you liberty to do anything you want. Kirk pushes an old man out of the way and gets his greasy paws all over a 2,000 year old document and starts waving it around. And Kirk DOESN'T simply reiterate it's meaning. He gives it a sweeping new definition by saying it applies to the Kohms as well.
If Kirk had just left: executions, looting, pillaging, raping (No, I'm not going to give the Yangs any more credit than any other conquering people)
After Kirk leaves: (In story) At the very least the Yang leader has promised vast social reform.
(In reality) As stated earlier in the thread, some sort of in-house struggle probably resulting in the deposing of Cloud William.
That is the definition of the PD *Interference*.
No, he doesn't reinterpret it. He reiterates what it actually means. And it works in context because the original American Constitution is also meaningless if it doesn't apply to everyone. When it was first drawn up it certainly didn't apply to a whole segment of society that was enslaved in America. But eventually the realization of this crazy paradox was no longer acceptable---it made a mockery of the meaning of the document and the high moral principles Americans professed to stand for.
And in the 1960s, in the midst of racial tensions, this episode was reiterating that message to the audience just as Kirk reiterated to the Yangs.
And there are people today who still cling to notions that the meaning of the Contitution, the principles it espouses, cannot possibly apply to whatever segment or group of people they're against.