United Earth? No Thanks.

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  1. CorporalCaptain

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    Starship security offering as much protection as a screen door on a submarine is a trope/cliché that goes all the way back to TOS. Notice how the elevator takes Ralph right to the main bridge. :wtf: Evidently, somehow people of that era just mind their own business and follow the rules, and expect others to do the same.
     
  2. T'Girl

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    But how extreme can the changes actually be, and still have Picard honestly describe the changes as "somewhat different?"

    Ahh, but Picard next states "We work to better ourselves ... and the rest of humanity," which nicely narrows down what group he is referring too. So it isn't every species in the Federation.

    "We work to ..."

    And I've alway have wonder just how big a group of Humans Picard's "we" is. All of Humanity, or a much smaller segment of Human society who embrace a "no money" philosophy?

    From the same part of the movie we get this ...

    Lily: "No money! That means you don't get paid?"
    Picard: "The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives ..."

    Here Picard (for whatever reason) is blatantly ducking Lily's question. She didn't ask if people acquired wealth, she asked if they got paid. Wealth means a abundance of money.

    Picard never states that people don't get paid.

    Psychologically lacking wants and desires can simply indicate a personal ideology, and obviously people are still going to want food, shelter, etc. So no matter how readily available things are, people in the 24th century will not be completely free of all wants and needs.

    That makes the assumption that all the Members of the Federation have the exact same economic system. 150 plus Members, different lifeforms, different histories and different ways of doing things.

    Likely the Federation Member's economic systems are somewhat (or more so) dissimilar from each others.

    In the case of Sisko's transporter credits ... yes. The impress I received was that if Sisko (or anyone else) had no credits, there would be no transporter use. This could reasonable be extended to replicator use, and the purchase of non-replicated items as well.

    From the way that "transporter credit" were used in the show's dialog, they are involved in transporter travel. You need them for that, this is what they are.


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  3. Pavonis

    Pavonis Commodore Commodore

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    Canonically, T'Girl, only Ben Sisko needed transporter credits, and then only to transport between San Francisco and New Orleans. We don't know why.
     
  4. Mr. Laser Beam

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    I don't think so. The computer would most likely not recognize an invasion force as authorized passengers, and thus wouldn't let them ask anything of it. Civilians on the ship are still authorized to be there - the computer has records of it, of where they're going and who let them on board. Not so with these Romulans.

    We have seen some kind of restrictions on computer access. In "Rascals" we see the greatly simplified interface that children on board are allowed to use. (They talk to the fish.)

    How is that possible? Economic policy is, by definition, reserved for the federal entity - in this case, the Federation government.
     
  5. Sci

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    There are a lot of different definitions of what constitutes "Socialism," of course. I didn't really go into it, but my general assumption would also tend to be, yes, that the means of production are socially owned -- if not by the state, then by the employees themselves. I'm quite fond of the idea of all large Federation businesses being operated as employee-owned co-operatives, actually.

    Jacobin Magazine has an artice on how Socialism and Capitalism might manifest themselves in a world of extreme technological advances a la Star Trek.
     
  6. Lt. Uhura-Brown

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    Maybe the Federation is a voluntary organization, with higher-ranking volunteers having access to shinier perks.
     
  7. Nightdiamond

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    When it wants to, Trek has no problem showing that they have more than enough energy to power something. In the Survivors, Picard gives a portable replicator to a stranded elderly couple--something that is about the size of a printer.

    Can make clothes and food and, possibly other things.

    How much anyone wants to bet that Picard would say it's good for 100 years of operation? Like those abandoned ships they always find?

    Notice it is stated that humans don't use money. That can mean other Federation planets deal in money like Vulcans, but humans--they don't believe in money.


    If they are using credits to purchase things on earth...
    Is one job worth more than another? How many credits does a doctor earn as opposed to someone who cleans crap out of some unit?

    If the doctor makes more, he can use the replicator more and make more things, but wouldn't that represent "the old economy"?

    But if everyone earns the same amount of credits regardless of the job, because that would represent the economy based on equality --then you have basic communism--maybe the dangerous kind....

    It's back to square one again..
     
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  8. T'Girl

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    Picard did describe the small replicator as "limited."

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  9. sonak

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    that was an interesting article. Thanks for the link.
     
  10. Pavonis

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    But how is it limited? Is it limited because it can't replicate starships, or because it can only replicate granola bars and water?
     
  11. T'Girl

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    Picard didn't go into detail, I'd have to review the transcript but I beleive he said it would product "food and clothing." Combine that with his statement that it was limited and it's physical size, and I would guess (this is a guess now) that the small replicator could produce a limited amount of clothing, and just enough food for two people.

    Perhaps Picard brought the small limited replicator, because that's all the fusion reactor in the basement could reasonably power.

    This would tie into Janeway's story of buying a meditation lamp from a Vulcan, but then where did Janeway (a Human) get money?

    And if the other species in Starfleet are receiving paid, do the Humans in Starfleet then get the option of pay? Beverly did have that account.

    :)
     
  12. Third Nacelle

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    I don't see how food is any less complicated or energy-intensive to replicate than diamond tiaras or self-sealing stem bolts. I would actually guess that all the organic matter in food is some of the most difficult stuff to replicate.

    But then again, I have no idea how a replicator works.

    I would guess that that replicator would indeed continue to function long after the Uxbridges (had they been who they seemed to be) died.

    You can argue back and forth all day about how an economy might work when most products are available in abundance, but you'll never get anywhere because that hasn't happened yet. I am, however, quite certain it will not be an economic system we're already familiar with here in the 21st century. Capitalism and socialism are not the only two options. They are both fairly new systems in the grand scheme of things and I doubt EITHER of them will last that far into the future.
     
  13. Lynx

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    It looks like the World Government in Star Trek has solved the problem with over-population and poverty and that's one of the reason that it works. Every citizen has their own replicator and can replicate almost everything they need and they have holodecs to live out their dreams and imaginations.

    I also think that if a World Government would function, it must also be some sort of confederacy, independent nations who work for a common goal. That wold be possible if poverty, over-population exploitation and starvation would be overcome.

    The European Union is an example of how things shouldn't be done if you want cooperation between different nations. It has turned into an enourmous burreacracy where each and every decision is made behind locked doors and then presented as dictates to the inhabitant in the member countries, where the once independent nations have been turned into Soviet Republics where the citizens have very little influence on the politics and their own situation.
     
  14. MakeTea-NotWar

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    Are you for real? Anyone with half a brain can see that the European Union is powerless when it comes to virtually every single political issue. Any resolution passed by the european parliament has vitually no binding legal power behind it to enforce them. They're more suggestions then legislation. If they had any power at all, do you really think they'd allow nations like Hungry to remain members after it enacted some rather draconian press restriction laws
     
  15. Third Nacelle

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    Maybe she got paid, maybe there's a group account of credits for everybody on the ship, maybe everyone is issued credits as welfare. Buying a lamp or a tribble or a bolt of cloth here and there is entirely different from your employer subsidizing your existence, from everything being a commodity to be bought and sold. Consumerism is a bubble that will have popped long before Janeway's time.
     
  16. MacLeod

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    ^^I think you are mistaken in how the EU actually works, any law passed by the EU supercedes a national law if one exists covering that area.

    There are actually three


    A regulation which supercedes any national law.

    A Directive in which the national government has to pass a law bassed on the
    obectives

    And a decision which only applies to a particualr issue.


    And for a link which says EU Laws have supremecy

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_the_European_Union#Supremacy


    And the biggest problem with the EU is that there is a disconnect between the electorate and the policitcans of the EU. In the past few years when ever a treaty has been presented to the electorate to vote on it has been often been rejcted even by the more pro-EU countries.

    The EU can work but it needs to do a better job of explaining it goals/aims, pros & cons etc..

    And support for the EU has been falling in some of the EU member states recently, with the recession, Eurozone crisis etc...

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324031404578481272902309736.html
     
  17. mos6507

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    Back in the 1960s people were more concerned with division like the cold-war blowing the planet up. So having a united earth was actually a desirable goal. These days people fear dystopian illuminaughty dictatorships more than, let's say, the fact rogue states like Iran or NK might start WWIII. So really, there's two sides to every story.
     
  18. Nightdiamond

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    If it could make food and clothing, we would assume it could also make dishes, cups pens and the like. And there was no charge to use it.

    So, portable replicator that could make such things which probably had an energy lifespan of over a hundred years. How could a larger unit cause a scarcity problem with energy then?


    My theory is that Starfleet pays them credits because they work in space and most likely to interact with cultures that use money.

    Credits may exist at the Federation level, not the earth level.

    Paying credits to use a replicator or transporter makes a lot of sense actually. It would explain a lot of things we see like Sisko's restaurant or why humans work at hard, dangerous jobs when they shouldn't have to.

    But Trek already committed itself when it said humans don't use money and that it's obsolete.

    So no matter how ridiculous it sounds, humans on earth do work and get jobs--they just dont get paid for it.
     
  19. Mr. Laser Beam

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    Also wouldn't it be better if the EU dispensed with some of the odd bureaucracy and became a true multinational state, with a real President of Europe or whatever they chose to call it?
     
  20. Lynx

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    Yes, I'm for real, I live in an European Union country (unfortunately) and everything has been going down here since we joined this union.

    I'm tired of dictates from the headquarters in Bruxelles which are heaped upon us with no chance for us to question or refuse to obey to. I'm tired of the bureacracy, the costly administration and the sum of money we have to pay to this bureacracy and its well-paid politicians each year, money we would need better here.

    As for Hungary, they don't dare to expel them because then the people in more member countries would realize that Hungary would manage well without EU and then more countires would drop out, something which will hapen anyway in the coming future.

    I'm actually for cooperation between the European countries but not in the way it is done in the EU. What Europe need is a confederation of free member states, not a centralized, Soviet-style bureacracy where the decisions are made behind closed doors, accepted by well-paid puppets and then heaped upon the citizens without possibility to question those decisions.
     

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