Ilya Somin has an astonishing and well-reasoned theory about the truth behind the contradictory Star Trek universe. Ever wonder why a supposedly pacifist Earth seems to be run by the military? Every wonder, in this supposed Federation, how come only Earth seems to have a significant military? Why they claim that everything they need can be replicated but they still have missions that involve finding or delivering rare items or substances? Why they claim to have done away with currency, but there are still very rare items that seem to find their way into the possession of top military officers? Why in a supposedly egalitarian society, in a ship of a thousand people and four holo-decks, the decks always seem to be unoccupied when the top officers want to use them? Why they are always running into individual humans and human societies that are trying to avoid the Federation? Why all of the telepaths seem to be in government or the military? Why all alien races look like oddly-colored humans with strange faces?
He is a little off on the Prime Directive. It is both more sinister and more pernicious than Ilya imagines. Maybe I'll have time to set the record straight later this week.
And what's up with that snotty, self-righteous line "We no longer enslave animals for food" by someone who can get all the replicated Chateau Brignon, Dungeness crab, and bratwurst he wants for free? What a dork.