Friday, February 6, 2004

So earlier this week Jonah Goldberg from the National Review Online got mad at Jean-Luc Picard for not wanting to go to mars and the moon. "I'm a bit of a wet blanket when it comes to the whole business of space travel," the dashing bald captain said. "I would like to see us get this place right first before we have the arrogance to put significantly flawed civilizations out onto other planets."

Jonah called him a "traitorous crapweasel" and said that Star Trek was about the triumph of our capitalist culture, but then Matthew Yglesias then went on to point out that everybody in Star Trek was a really a commie anyway. And Pandagon said "hey he's not actually Captain Picard anyway, he's an actor."

Sigh. They have all missed the point! Why is it that me, Fafnir, has to point out the obvious to them?

Patrick Stewart is not telling us that space travel is bad or to be Marxists or capitalists. What he IS telling us is that he is REALLY Captain Jean-Luc Picard sent back in time from the future to tell us that it is too early to try to go into space. I mean really! The eugenics wars were less than a decade ago people! Kahn is still out there frozen in his spaceship! If we go to far too fast when we are still divided by class religion ethnicity and race then we will only sow chaos through the cosmos and be helpless before the onslaught of more developed species such as the Klingons, the Breen and the Borg! Why must so many people on the internet be so hopeless.
posted by fafnir at 1:56 PM



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