Communism and Collectives
Here's an odd thought. I am currently watching reruns of Star Trek Voyager on the Spike network (who ever would have thought that we'd have a tv network with that name). Voyager is without a doubt my favorite incarnation of Star Trek since it embodies a lot of the spirit of the original show (ST:TOS) and manages to effectively blend humor, adventure, great fight scenes, and Gene Roddenberry's time-honored use of the morality play propped up against a science fiction background. And, to my mind, Voyager exceeds the original series in many ways.
Anyways (as Nacho Libre might attempt to segue), at this point in the Spike rerun of Voyager, Kess has left the show and Seven of Nine has become one of the show's regulars. Seven of Nine, of course, is a former borg and simultaneously an example of the apex of female development.
As a former borg, she often makes reference to the borg collective, an assemblage of beings who no longer possess true individuality but, rather, think with one mind and act with one mind. The collective seeks perfection and, to further this goal, the ships of the borg collective go around assimilating the technological and biological distinctiveness of other civilizations by assimilating them.
Now, here's the odd thought. If the borg were real, they would be the only example of communism actually working, because, as we know, in reality it does not work. It never has. And what is interesting about the borg collective is that, to get it to work, all individuality must be snuffed out. I guess the russians and the maoists just weren't good enough at wiping out the human spirit of their citizens, though, unfortunately, they were fairly successful at ruining millions of lives, mostly of innocents.
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