Star Trek predicted the Obama economy

Posted on February 26, 2013 9:00 am

Star Trek seems to have gotten one right. For those not familiar with the TV franchise, there’s a plot device they used in called Hodgkin’s Law of Parallel Planetary Development. There’s some mumbo-jumbo about “similar planets with similar environments and similar populations tended to gravitate toward similar biological developments over time.” What it really meant was that they could save money by having planets look like Earth at many points in history, allowing the show to use existing sets and costumes.

But, maybe, just maybe, there is something to Hodgkin’s Law. On March 15, 1967, the 25th episode of the show’s second season (production episode 43) aired.

Here’s the setup. The Enterprise happens across a planet similar to earth (the fourth planet of system FGC 892) with Hodgkin’s Law in full effect. On this planet, the Roman Empire didn’t fall in its 503rd year (476 A.D. by our calendar). It survived another 1,500 years or so, to Start Date 4040.7 when the Enterprise happened across it.

Rome is in what we would call the 20th century, and Kirk, Spock, and McCoy get captured when investigating. They’re thrown into jail with an ex-gladiator named Flavius. And that’s where our video picks up.


[Direct link: YouTube | Full episode at StarTrek.com]

FLAVIUS: Long ago there were rebellings, but they were suppressed. And, with each century, the slaves acquired more rights under the law. They received rights to medicine, the right to government payments in their old age, and they slowly learned to be content.

SPOCK: Even more fascinating. Slavery involving into an institution, with guaranteed medical payments, old age pension.

The only thing they forgot were the Obama phones.

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7 Responses to “Star Trek predicted the Obama economy”

  1. Terry_Jim says:

    http://t.co/8hxusoJwTY
    Bread and Circuses- Mona Charen

    People who once upon a time handed out military command,
    high civil office, legions — everything,
    now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things:
    bread and circuses — Juvenal

  2. Jimmy says:

    But in our case, it’s a ‘social safety net’ evolved into slavery.

  3. Carpenter says:

    I’m still trying to decide if Obama and his thugs are more like the “Divine Order” from the Sci-Fi series LEXX, the “Borg” from Star Trek, the “Orcs” in the Lord of the Rings or the “Magog” from the Andromeda Ascendant. Whatever the case may be they are all socialist collectives.

    Obama himself, he is the Divine Shadow. When they wrote the LEXX back in the early 1990′s they were thinking of a charismatic Obama like leader who became a religion. Today there are millions who blindly worship the New Divine Shadow Hussein Obama. The parallels between religion of the Liberals and the Divine Order certainly are creepy.

  4. zzyzx says:

    Live long and pay taxes. ~ Spock Obama

  5. Oppo says:

    Beam us up, SCOTUS

  6. Oppo says:

    Don’t Live Long and Pay Death Taxes ~ Bearded Spock Obama

  7. Bob in Feenicks says:

    I think it’s been said before: Socialism is slavery with better P.R.

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