Utopia – A Post Economic Future via Star Trek

Eric Grundhauser has an interesting piece in Atlas Obscura, reviewing a book by Manu Saadia on the utopian economics of Star Trek. Since its inception, the Star Trek universe was imagined as a world where money no longer existed.  Magic boxes called “replicators” could provide unlimited food & materials at no cost, eliminating scarcity. What’s interesting is that the author points out that it’s not technology that drives the utopian vision, but a shift in values: “It’s a matter of values and a democratic decision by society, rather than something that comes out of the natural outgrowth of technological progress…Star Trek presents a post-economic future as a social choice.”

Watch this short clip where characters in Star Trek describe how life is different in the 24th century:




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