Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Spock: A Dissenting View

Not terribly dissenting, but there's been a lot of over-the-top commentary on the significance of Star Trek and particularly the Spock character over the last few days. And as I've said before HERE, the most significant characteristic of the Trek franchise isn't its optimism, or its imagnation, but its political correctness.

The quibcag quote is of course derived from a Sherlock Holmes declaration that was itself quoted by Spock in Star Trek.  The original being:

"Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

And that's true, as far as it goes. But within the Trek universe, the impossible is SOP. Everybody's equal, you can run some kind of voluntary economy without money, many races can work together on the same starship without killing each other, the sexes are equal and ladies can command starships. And when you eliminate all that impossible stuff, all you have left is reality, which is terribly politically incorrect.

But let's zero in on the race thing. In an otherwise completely logical (heh!) essay on Nimoy HERE, this was said:

And Leonard Nimoy? Well, his Portrayal of Spock and Star Trek in general showed a generation that this thing called racism was highly illogical.

Wait a minute.  Just where and how in Trek World was racism ever shown to be illogical? Well, there's the cute episode with Frank Gorshin — you remember, he had black skin on one side and white on the other, whereas the other race had the opposite — that was indeed a heavy-handed fable about how skin color prejudice is just awful.

However, as sensible people know, skin color isn't the same as race. Skin color is just one characteristic of race. Some caucasoids and mongoloids have the same skin color but are obviously of different races. Likewise some caucasoids and congoids.

But how did Spock show that racism was illogical? If you consider believing that races differ in mental capacity to be racism, then quite the contrary. Vulcans are clearly, throughout Trek World, intellectually superior to Humans. So the Vulcans are, if anything, a buttress of racist ideology.

But I know why the writer said what he did. "Racism," you see, really means the idea that White people are as good as other, favored races. In Star Trek, all of humanity symbolizes the White race, of course, and the anti-racist thing about Spock is that he shows that humans are inferior to Vulcans. As a matter of fact, humans are inferior to most other humanoid species, either physically or mentally, or both.

So if anti-racist is just a code word for anti-White (and it is, it is), then Star Trek is indeed anti-racist. Vulcans and their Romulan cousins are both smarter and stronger than us. Klingons are stronger, braver, and more honorable. Cardassians are tougher, or at least tougher-looking.  Changelings are more flexible.

And the less said about the Ferengi, the better.


10 comments:

  1. Logic is only as good as its postulates.

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  2. Looking back on it I wonder how they managed to let the Ferengi come to pass.

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    1. In the original, the Klingons were the Russians and the Romulans the Chinese. Roddenbury, who was a screaming leftist, decided in the new gen version to make greedy capitalists the next big enemy - hence the Ferengi were created.

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  3. On the lighter side... In an episode, Mr. Spock said that his first name can't be pronounced by the human tongue. If his mother was human, why did Sarek give him a first name like that?

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  4. Ja D:
    It's commonly assumed the Ferengi are a jewish 'in-joke' (by the jewish writers) - all the jewish sterotypes to cartoonish excess.
    I mentioned over at Vox Populi that the seldom seen pilot episode was even more PC than the original series. The Captain was rather bland Christopher Pike, the First Officer ''Number One'' (now you know why Riker was nicknamed that) was Roddenberry's wife Majel Barrett and Spock had a very minor role.
    When NBC greenlighted it, ''Number One'' became Nurse Chapel/'computer voice', Spock became First Officer (and his appearance was made less demonic) and of course Fatner. As in Whackopedia's entry on ''Overacting''.

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    1. Thanks YIH. Wasn't quite sure what to make of it with jew nerds complaining about ferengi like some kinda new age blood libel.

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  5. You know, I much prefer explicitly (if largely secularized) Jewish second-in-commands on my space shows:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaSmassvv4w

    "I am Susan Ivanova... I am the right hand of vengeance... God sent me."

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  6. Once I grew up, I thought of Spock as hopelessly neurotic.

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  7. Don't forget to mention that all of these trekkie utopias were military dictatorships. One of the things that attracts effeminate losers to PC is it power to bully. Plus they're literally locked in a cage with hot women. These two things make it the ultimate pencil-necked geek's cream dream.

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  8. Yes, Roddenberry pushed "diversity" before diversity was cool, yes he promoted political correctness before it became "PC".... but underlying that was a staunch Republican message, metaphors of communism vs. capitalism abounded, with capitalism always being good while communism evil (or misguided). who can forget the atrocious, but unintentionally hilarious, Journey to Eden episode where Roddenberry let the audience know just how he really felt about those filthy hippies and their idealistic notions? Or Shatner's stilted recitation of the Declaration of Independence and Old Glory being flashed across the screen. Truth is, Star Trek was only liberal on the surface, underneath it was pure conservatism.

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