Communism: The Star Trek Economy


Fifty years ago next month, Star Trek had its premiere. That people still talk about it today, testifies to its phenomenal success. But many, perhaps most, who follow the show never thought about the economic system that supported “Star Fleet.” Key lines of dialog give evidence of one system only: communism.

Read the entire article. Here’s the brief outline: 

  • The Economy of Star Trek
    • Planning Boards
    • Earth is too perfect
    • Rise of Communism
  • Generous Allowances
    • Replacing Heavy Industry
    • The Government Shall Provide
    • Limited Trade
    • Canonical Details
  • Rules of Acquisition: 
    • A travesty of capitalism
    • “Reform”: Art Anticipates Life
  • Hard Reality
  • New Communist Man