Category: Capitalism Is Good

I Can’t Stand Gene Roddenberry

I Can’t Stand Gene Roddenberry

Sorry to all you Star Trek fans out there. I may be the only science fiction fan in the universe that really hates his guts. He stands in the annals of history with Karl Marx as one of the most vile perpetrators of socialism and communism this planet has ever known. I call him the used philosophy salesman…. and he was good at that job, one of the best.

Today is the anniversary of his birth and I have been constantly reminded of this all morning. Tributes everywhere I look to the man who turned the brains of a generation of science fiction fans to utter mush. If only he had passed on ten years earlier. We would never have had to put up with the inane techno-babble ramblings and neo-communist preaching of the Next Generation.

Twenty-one years after this man’s death and every single time communism is brought up I am forced to listen to some fool say, “But it works on Star Trek.” Well, to every idiot that has ever said that let me tell you… “Reversing the polarity of the trans-warp conduits.” That works on Star Trek just as well. The day that warp core conduits exist and how to reverse them is something actually useful to know, then we can talk about communism “working” on Star Trek.

Communism is as much a part of the techno-babble as the rest of Star Trek “speak”. Trek is a show about technology that is based on nonsense and philosophical nonsense that has proven unworkable every time it is tried. Worse than that, it is nonsense that has helped dumb down millions of people who should be the leaders in technology. I know what you are going to say….”look at all this technology based off of things on Star Trek“. Great and you know what made that technology possible. Capitalism pure and simple capitalism. None of those gadgets would have made it to the real world if someone wasn’t willing to buy them or pay money to bring those inventions to life. That very capitalism which runs counter to the entire utopian dream of Star Trek made those a reality.

I could write volumes on how Star Trek is actually a dis-utopia and the fact that Star Fleet is really a despotic government ruling over a vast empire of subjects who are virtual slaves of the state. The fans would not believe me. No matter how much I explain. All I ask is watch the show for yourself. Look at the clothing of characters that are federation citizens and not in Star Fleet. Look at the technology on Picard’s brother’s farm. Notice how there is no independent media and all communications are controlled by Star Fleet. Notice that all human’s are under the jurisdiction of Star Fleet, even when they live outside of it’s borders and break Star Fleet laws outside those borders. Watch Voyager and find out about how there are black markets on Earth. I don’t know why these little Easter eggs are in the show, but they are there, and they give a glimpse behind the curtain. Open your mind and look deeper into the rabbit hole and discover the dream Roddenberry really had for the future. I don’t like that future one little bit.

I had almost forgotten about this site. It goes into depth about the economic realities of the Federation-

The Economics of Star Trek

Coming to a Home Near You 3-D Movies Without the Glasses

Coming to a Home Near You 3-D Movies Without the Glasses

Soon you will be able to purchase a 3-D television that requires no glasses and that allows you to view the 3-D screen from almost any angle. An article in Science Daily published yesterday outlines the new technological advancement. Current 3-D technology relies on the glasses integrating two different views of the scene into a three dimensional whole. The new technology takes the perspective into account from five or more points, allowing the viewer to view what is happening on the screen from many different angles. These autostereoscopic displays are able to create the three dimensional illusion through the use of  technology that can track the depth of the room and the distance the viewer is from the screen. The computer then generates an image in real time based on this information.

These Televisions should be showing up in stores sometime next year. The science fiction dream of Tri-D TV without the glasses is finally here…..where is my damn flying car?

New T-shirt Designs for The Freehold

There are several new designs at our Cafepress store. We hope you like these and if you love the site please buy our products and support our continuing efforts to bring you the best in Science Fiction and Fantasy from a Rational Conservative, Libertarian, and Objectivist point of view. This will be the last commercial for at least a month.(We beg for money less than TV or The Movies)

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Eve Online The Ultimate Science Fiction Game of Free Market Capitalism

Do your like free markets? Do you like adventure, intrigue, and massive real-time space combat? Then you are going to love Eve. Eve is a massive and I do mean massive multiplayer online role playing  experience.  Encompassing over 7000 star systems with 30-50 thousand people playing each day. Eve is the closest thing you can get to a real simulation of a space based economy and space combat on the planet. With an economy based on mining and mineral extraction there also come the hazards of pirates and claim jumpers. The game provides a huge amount of computer generated content for those just wishing to remain in the safe sectors of space patrolled by the various governments. However, If you are looking for a little excitement, going outside that sphere is a universe of player driven conflict. Massive player owned corporations and player pirate confederations vie for control of unclaimed space. Massive fortunes are won and lost between star systems.

The game system allows you to customize your character in many different ways. I was able to customize my skill set to create an archaeologist and another of my characters is a research scientist. The career/class options are more intricate and much more advanced than most MMORPGs. I was amazed that this game which emphasizes free market capitalism and individual initiative was created by CCP games a company from Iceland (maybe there is hope for them yet).

Check it out and if you do look me up I am Gideon Woulfe or my alternate identity Lazuli Woulfe or just look up my company AAA Armored Archaeologists [AARCH].

Top Five Capitalists in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Top Five Capitalists in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Because capitalists get almost no good press in today’s world I thought I would run down my top five picks for positive capitalist role-models as depicted in science fiction and fantasy media from the past 100 years.

5. Coming in at number five Gomez Addams. Consummate family man who made his millions on the stock market with investments in unusual items such as vulture farms and tombstone factories. Gomez  the creation of Charles Addams is a loving father and unfailingly faithful husband. He is a perfect role-model for the non-traditional capitalist.

4. John Galt – I was hesitant at first to include Ayn Rand’s superman of capitalism. Atlas Shrugged has all the characteristics of a science fiction epic, but its followers often see the book as a philosophical guideline. John Galt, while not being a capitalist himself, represents the most influential icon of capitalism on this list.

3. I have reserved the third place for a tie between comic book capitalists. Both Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne deserve mention here. Both are products of family trauma. Bruce Wayne dealing with the death of his parents and Tony Stark dealing with issues related to his father’s seeming indifference and neglect. Both have overcome obstacles to become men of industry and means.They use their talents to better mankind both through capital endeavors and crime fighting.

It was a toss up over who I would place as my top two picks. I wanted to be true to the pure science fiction roots of this site so I have picked one figure from science fiction literature and a second from the movies.

2. Delos D. Harriman – He is the father of space industry. The first capitalist to invest in space. In Heinlein’s 1948 novel The Man Who Sold The Moon he opens space travel up by promising untold riches mined from the moon. He is an intriguing character often mentioned in the background of many of Heinlein’s greatest novels.

1. Varlia Lloyd– Never heard of her? Probably because she is a secondary character in the The Tunnel  a 1935 film about the building of a transatlantic tunnel. She convinces her father to invest his fortune in the venture and even goes as far as promising to marry a man she despises to insure the tunnel is completed. She is the ultimate capitalist putting everything she owned on the line for her vision.

I Want This T-shirt

I Want This T-shirt

I really strive to bring to my readers the best in scifi and fantasy news and I try to minimize the numbers of ads they have to see in order to get that news. So this is not an ad. I get no money by promoting this at all. I hope they don’t mind me doing some free advertising for them because this t-shirt is made of awesome. I like the word awesome and if I use it too often it is because I like the word. Can you tell I suffer from aspergers? I also realize the creators must be ripping off both Lucas and the BBC, but I saw an ad for this shirt and I immediately wanted one. I know it’s wrong to covet something so much but this has my name written all over it.

 

You can buy it here Teefury.com

Heinlein Would be Proud of the Japanese Today- Combat Mecha

A Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry has built and is selling a wearable mechanized battle suit. While it is slow at 7 or 8 miles per hour and really expensive coming in at 1.6 million dollars fully loaded, the KURATUS is the first of its kind available for sale. What I love about this is that this is just the beginning of this type of technology. Coupled with the Japanese love of all things robot and the American love of high technology weaponry we may see the next generation of these on the actual battlefield before long.

Go Team.

(To be honest I don’t know if this is for real, but I hope it is)

A Must See Classic Science Fiction Movie

The Transatlantic Tunnel is in my opinion one of the most important pieces of cinematic science fiction ever made. Released in 1935 this movie not only accurately depicts the rise of television and mobile phones it does it in such a way that these devices are never even commented on in the movie. They are merely background props that add a sense of reality. The movie is chock full of these little background details. For instance the best friend of the main character is obviously a gay man but nothing other than a couple of loaded remarks even address his sexuality. There is also a scene where the same character is smoking pot and it is such a subdued mention that you can almost miss it if you don’t listen closely.

I realize I am making this movie out to be a progressive wet dream but I assure you it is far from that. This movie is about hard work and determination by engineers, entrepreneurs, and investors to create a better world while making a profit. Greedy capitalism wins out in the end and everyone is the better for it……what a concept!

The entire movie is at the link please watch it. You will not regret it.

An Online Libertarian Comic – we must work to keep these guys in business

An Online Libertarian Comic – we must work to keep these guys in business

http://www.bigheadpress.com/

Comics that speak to conservative/libertarian minds are few and far between. The best of these are gathered at Big Head Press.

I haven’t been checking the online comics I usually read because last semester I was writing my Master’s thesis. When I did check up on “Escape From Terra” the flagship comic for Big head Press I noticed that they had quit producing and had a disclaimer that they could no longer afford to bring us the quality comics we expect from that site. This is a travesty. There is too little content on the internet that meet the entertainment needs of the rational conservative and libertarian movements. We need to support these guys. I am calling on all my readers to at least look at the site and if you find it in your hearts please buy one of their books.

Thanks,

 

J. Baird

Asteroid Mining…Invest now!!!

Asteroid Mining…Invest now!!!

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/space/news/billionaires-aim-to-make-trillions-mining-asteroids-8310208?click=main_sr

 

You may think this is a pie in the sky plan…literally. I think however that this is the future. It is just a matter of time before this becomes profitable with unmanned drones and robots. When that happens pennies will rain from heaven. OK enough with the puns. Asteroid mining will be one of the biggest industry around in 100 years. If you want your children and grandchildren to be part of the .001% then you better invest now. I will be.