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MAD MAX VS. STAR TREK

PUBLISHED 30 July 2017

One of the memes bouncing around before the 2016 USA Presidential Election featured a scene from Mad Max - Road Warrior with full on post-apocalyptic combat labelled "Libertarian Society" contrasted with a picture of the serenity of outer space & one of the Star Trek military space ships flying through the vacuum labelled "Socialist Society". As a fan of both series & a social libertarian the comparison fell flat. 

In the latest issue of PORK magazine I wrote about the totalitarian tendencies of Progressivism & Futurist Projection. The idea is simple - when you portray the future as ONE THING - this is an intentional limiting of possibilities, a limiting of ideas & a narrowing of opportunity - this is totalitarian. It isn't the way the world works - ever - it is primarily a mentality which can lead to a methodology. It can be comforting or discomforting to paint the future with such a broad brush - depending on how you'd like to see things - but the world isn't defined by broad brush strokes or ideology - so these phenomena are primarily in our heads. In reality - Star Trek & Mad Max coexist - just as Seattle's glistening Amazon towers & bio spheres & Nigeria's rag-tag gangs of post-apocalyptic pirates coexist. The world is full of different ways of living & there is no reason to think that the future would be any different.  

Star Trek is a TV show about a military exploration space ship & its crew - boldly going where no one has gone before. As they explore the Universe - they discover strange new worlds that embody philosophical allegories & the crew - who are also essentialized fragments of the psyche respond accordingly. The original series is a fantastic exploration of basic psychological & philosophical themes not unlike the Twilight Zone. What you must remember is that this ship & its crew are the space equivalent of the Spanish armada with Christopher Columbus - Captain Kirk at the fore - while the show doesn't mention anything about the material concerns backing this exploratory mission - it can't be cheap to send this ship & its crew across the galaxy just checking out the aliens - someone has to pay for it & it has to have some kind of material motive because that's how the world works. Meanwhile on Earth - we see that the United Federation of Planets have very nice, clean, utopian, futuristic city bases - not unlike San Francisco - but it wouldn't be hard to imagine that to the east - over the Sierra Nevadas is a wasteland occupied by those outside of the rule of law. Or down in Australia - something completely different might be going on. The old penal colony, fueled on AC/DC, muscle cars, Fosters lager & methamphetamine might be too wild for the Federation of Planets, too expensive to rehabilitate & too morally perilous to exterminate.

Just as today in Sunny Portland, Oregon from whence I write this - we live & operate in the cheap, run-down, crime-infested, needle ridden, run by Russians & VietNamese, East of 82nd region which is where we're comfortable & I have extreme culture shock every time I go to the Portlandia parts of Portland where THEY have taken over - playing bearded man-bun mandolin & banjo music to organic squash & terrariums while drinking transgender lavender lemonade & voting for Bernie Sanders while being thoroughly integrated into the military industrial intelligence complex supported tech industry. These are the extremes in the city I live in - I can set up endless examples of living contrasts for you, but just look out the window - pay attention to reality & it will tell you this story.

Socialist VS. Libertarian - like Conservative VS. Liberal only make sense in an authoritarian, totalitarian (deluded) mindset. As you come to see the world as it actually is - socialism & libertarianism are just tools or pressure valves for society. Freedom & Rules are both necessary for healthy human existence & they aren't values unto themself - in fact - a lot of their value comes in contrast to their inverse. Humanity is what it is - it is our job to maintain balance & order - not to establish totalitarian ideological structures that dehumanize & distort. So remember, next time you're watching Star Trek or Mad Max - in space - there are socialist military expeditions with clean uniforms & matter transmitters - but there are also filthy space pirates & on Earth - there are cities of glass & steel with universal health care & no disease - but there are also people living in their cars, eating years old dog food & worshiping their guns as the only thing between them & the grave, & that's OK.

- Sean Äaberg

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2 comments

  • Mathius: March 05, 2018

    I have always found it interesting that the wider Arts community in general are an infested lot of extreme Stateists who advocate anything technocratic control, yet at the same time claim to be Free. My experience has taught me in all of my formal arts training and living, the greatest and most creative of artists are actually Libertarian in thinking. Free thinking and free living is a natural extension of True Creative impulses.

  • Benjamin Hayward: August 02, 2017

    Fucking aye, man. Nothing else I can add. Fucking aye.

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