Smithian & Marxian Star Trek & economics.
In the late 18th century, British thinker Adam Smith cemented himself in history as the first true 'economist', developing theories about personal capital that helped define the Industrial Revolution and the Western world's steady march toward a capitalist society. A century later, Karl Marx prescribed a different solution to human capital, one that spawned an entire economic 'religion' that morphed, at different times and different places, into forms of communism and socialism as we approached the age Star Trek was born. By the time the series launched, Smith & Marx's theories had shaped much of the 20th century.
In this episode, host Tony Black is joined by Jason Barr, a professor of economics at Rutgers University in Newark, and the writer of an article for StarTrek.com called 'Smith, Marx, and... Picard?: Star Trek and Our Economic Future', which breaks down the key principles of how Smith and Marx influenced so-called 'Trekonomics' and Gene Roddenberry's vision of a future where money does not exist. We expand on his piece, discussing key principles of how Star Trek engages with capitalist ideals.
What exactly *is* economics? How does Star Trek exist as a 'post-scarcity' society? And how far are we away from such a future in 2020?
Host / Editor
Jason's article: https://intl.startrek.com/news/smith-marx-and-picard-star-trek-and-our-economic-future
Jason's website: https://buildingtheskyline.org
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