This week, The Star Trek Communist Will Nguyen joins the show to talk about Marxism and socialism in the Star Trek franchise! Everyone gets that no money, replicators, and an equal distribution of wealth is how the Federation became a utopia, but maybe it’s not quite that simple. On the show, we talk about the flaws in Trek’s “socialist” utopia, how money doesn’t equal capitalism, the parallels between the USSR and the Federation, Space Che Guevara, “degenerated space worker state”, DS9 as the ultimate laboratory for examining space economy, the challenges of 2020 that capitalism is failing to meet, and why we can’t wait for replicators to build a socialist society.
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