This "fun" story also topped people's list this week, and so many sent it, that in thanking the first one who sent it, B.H., I'm thanking all of you. So with that said, right down to business.
President Trump's new Space Force has released pictures of its new logo, and already the internet is abuzz with the fact that it looks more-than-suspiciously familiar:
Before I get started with my high octane speculation of the day, first a little "confession," or as the current parlance has it, a little "disclosure." I am a half-closeted Trekkie.
Yes, I know. That may come a a shock, but I say half-closeted because my reaction to the whole Star Trek concept, and in particular the original series and "Next Generation" is ambivalent and lukewarm. The reason? Well, in short, lack of a storyline, lack of any clear or consistent cosmology or vision; but it's more than that. Star Trek - in contrast to Babylon Five - was a mess. Its vision of the human future was completely Godless and wholly secular and sterile; the past - secular, religious, or otherwise - if mentioned at all, was always mentioned in some sort of vaguely negative way. Yet, at the same time, it could not invent or create anything artistic: "Next Generation" performed more Mozart than anything "contemporary". And it was almost puerile in its characterizations: only the "bad guys" - the Romulans, Klingons, &c. - had any semblance of tradition, culture, religion, or philosophy. It was so bad that even Spock in the original series, a kind of pointed-eared Wittgenstein-in-Space with his own memorized Tractatus Logico-Trekkius, had to be toned down a bit in and given some sort of Taoist-Stoic tradition to make him palatable. The "good guys" had ugly sterile quasi-Swedish-modern furniture, wore spartanly ugly clothes, and had an outlook on life and the cosmos wholly friendly to Karl Marx or Albert Pike. It was "Scottish Rite Communists" in space(hence the Mozart; no Beethoven, no Bach, no Palestrina; just Mozart). Contrast Star Trek's utopian Federation with Babylon Five: in the latter there is still money, still conflict, and no attempt is made to suppress anyone's past, traditions, philosophies, or culture, and characterize them, as Pickard once did in season one of The Next Generation, as an outgrown infancy.
And if you think I'm alone in my assessment, there's this from the article:
The logo is probably where the resemblance between Space Force and Starfleet ends, unless we’ve completely misjudged Trump that is. It’s unlikely Trump actually is trying to create a post-scarcity, post-money utopia founded on principles of peaceful coexistence, shared abundance, secularism, science, and equality like the one depicted in the TV shows and films set in the “Star Trek” universe.
This short evaluation says it better than anything I could say: Star Trek was, in its first and second incarnations, a utopia, and in the final analysis, an unworkable one. It was the New England Unitarian Yankees-in-Space. It was a pretense to extend the American empire into space itself. And it's that which gives me pause: think of all the times that the 'prime directive' of non-interference in the lives or civilizations of others is violated in the series.
But is that the only message being sent by Mr. Trump's space force logo? Don't get me wrong here, I do think the message being sent with the logo is in part a cultural one. But is it the only one?
I doubt it, and herewith my speculation of the day. The other part of the Star Trek universe is even more terrifying than the cultural one, and in typical Star Trek fashion, is made to appear a bit "cute." That other part is the technological part: warp drives, matter-anti-matter bombs, transporters or teleporters, "phasers", force fields or "shields", disruptors... you get the picture. But in a context of hidden systems of finance, missing trillions, and a whole hidden black projects world complete with its own infrastructure and, I suspect, "culture", one that moreover has been in continuous existence at least since the end of World War Two if not longer, then there's another message being sent, one epitomized, perhaps, in the alleged end-of-life utterances of Lockheed-Martin's skunkworks director Ben Rich: "We found an error in the equations," and "now we can take ET home."
He might just have well have said "We found an error in the equations" and "now we can bring the war to ET."
See you on the flip side...