• Renegades is produced by a Libertarian

  • The Philosophy of Star Trek [Federation, Post Scarcity Economy, Alien Cultures]

  • Easy at first:

    1) TOS- I love westerns and this cast was great, although not allowed the full range of their abilities.

    2) TNG- a slow start with rather formulaic characters (Pinocchio in space and Kirk divided between Picard and Riker). Bothersome ideas that were pro socialism. But then suddenly… The writers pull off an awesome character…[Read more]

  • The original series is a hoot for the classic feeling, and The Next Generation is enjoyable as the “standard” most popular series, but the one I’ve watched the most is Voyager. I really got into it, so I’d have to say Voyager is my favorite, though I love them all (almost as much as Stargate).

  • I agree with the gist of the above replies, but I want to correct some assumptions in the question.

    >There is a theory that our Universe is actually a holographic projection

    The theory makes an analogy to a holographic projection.  It’s only a conceptual tool, not a comparison.

    >Star Trek has several instances of Holograms displaying…[Read more]

  • Ahh, touche. So what’s to say that my browser, or operating system, doesn’t have rights? And I aggress against them every time I turn my computer off?

  • If I could freeze you and your state without causing any damage and without any awareness of time passing, would you consider it aggression for me to do so? Obviously the answer is yes; if the sentient holograms are self-owners, then forcibly arresting their actions is aggression (unless it is done in the process of eviction through the gentlest…[Read more]

  • There’s also the consideration of their state of existence when they are turned off. Is it like being paused, w/o any awareness of time passing by? And if their bits remain unchanged, would it really be considered aggression to simply pause them and/or turn them off whenever you’d like?

  • Matt has already made most of the points I wanted to. I’m kind of tickled that Block’s evictionism comes up, but it’s clearly relevant.

    At first, I thought this question was just a new way of discussing the rights of artificial persons (as addressed in ST:NG’s “The Measure of a Man”) but the holosuite question does seem to bring it closer to the…[Read more]

  • The Next Generation was my favorite series to watch, and still is, but I used to own all of the print versions of the original. Probably my favorite books ever, I wish I still had them. As good as TOS was on TV, the books were at least ten times better, especially D. C. Fontana’s stories.

  • Slightly off topic, but of real interest to liberty-minded fans of Star Trek:

    Paul Cantor has an amazing chapter in his The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture on Gene Roddenberry and how “Have Gun – Will Travel” was his precursor to Star Trek. Kennedy liberalism was around before JFK was president, and while we associate Star Trek (original…[Read more]

  • TNG is solid. I watched it with my family as a kid and then watched it all over again, start to finish with my wife.

    But I’m getting into season 4 of DS9 now, and it’s pretty amazing. My only problem is that Quark seems to be a leftover from a Nazi propaganda video about how immoral and sexually deviant the Jewish capitalists are.

  • Vic and the EMH have the right to themselves, and if the owners of the factors required for them to exist wish them to leave, they must eject them by the gentlest means possible (as with Block’s Evictionism argument on fetuses). Quark and Starfleet have no positive obligation to leave them on indefinitely, but in the case of the EMH, for example,…[Read more]

  • Skyler kind of touched on this, but another complicating factor might be ownership over the resources required to exist (computer, projection technology, etc.) Say the owner of the computer need to free up space could he then eliminate the holograms program? Does a Hologram have the right to be “on”?

    Vic Fontaine exists in the computer in Quarks…[Read more]

  • What is the purpose of a concept of rights? To reduce conflict in a world of scarcity. Why would a nonscarce entity like a holographic computer program need a concept of rights with humans? Also, such rights don’t entail positive obligations, as in paying for the power that it requires to exist.

    I would think that an intelligent, autonomous, and…[Read more]

  • Gabriel Scheare posted an update in the group Star Trek 3 years, 12 months ago

  • Alan, good question. I did originally dismiss DS9 before watching it straight through. My roommate at the time loved it above all else, so I finally gave it a chance and it’s some great stuff, especially during the Dominion War. Still, it is 2nd to TNG, though again, this may just be because I grew up with the latter and I really don’t like Quark. 😛

  • If self-ownership is inalienable, as posited by Rothbard, Kinsella, Hoppe, etc., then the fact that a hologram is created doesn’t change the fact that it is a self-owner.

    The question of whether a hologram is scarce is similar to the question of whether Bitcoin is scarce. The hologram is not only a function of its programming, but also a function…[Read more]

  • I’ve only got into Star Trek in the last year or so, and of all of them, my favourite series has been The Next Generation, with The Original Series being second.

    I just really like the characters in TNG, their actors and the chemistry between them, which is really why I like it over say Voyager, which doesn’t have characters that engage me as much.

  • I think as with anything, it’s a matter of sentience and assertion. Whether I am a hologram has no bearing on the fact that I have asserted self-ownership.