It’s well-known that Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the original Star Trek TV series, was a Communist sympathizer. In the Star Trek series, the Federation has a lot of socialist characteristics—it was originally conceived as an idealized version of the United Nations. People are no longer motivated by greed or materialism due to the invention of the replicator, which can make food or any other resource just by speaking to it. This ensures an equal distribution of wealth, since anyone can replicate as much as they want. Presumably, once anyone can have anything, no one cares about accumulating material wealth. People start to care for each other instead and egalitarianism becomes the rule of the day. Much of the criticism of Star Trek is due to its Leftist agenda, which is pushed in the television series and recent films.
I expected Star Trek Beyond (directed by Justin Lin) to be much of the same. Yet time after time, it presented parallels to today, and how not heeding the advice of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump about the state of our society could result in death and ruin.
Don’t Trust the Refugees!
The entire plot of Star Trek Beyond is built upon the dire consequences of trusting an alien in distress. At the start of the film, an escape pod heads toward the Enterprise. An alien woman named Kalara explains her ship was stranded in a nearby nebula and the Enterprise heads off on a rescue mission. Once they enter the nebula, the ship is attacked by a swarm of ships. The leader, Krall, boards the Enterprise in search of part of an ancient weapon of mass destruction. The crew abandons ship via escape pods, and the Enterprise crashes onto a planet.
The scattered crew tries to regroup, and Scotty is rescued by a badass female scavenger named Jaylah. We later find out that her family was killed by Krall but she managed to escape. She’s been rebuilding the USS Franklin, a Starfleet vessel that crashed on the planet over a hundred years ago and has been missing the entire time.
But then Kalara tries to get the weapon for Krall and the Enterprise crew discovers she lied to them about Krall’s ambush because he promised he’d spare her people in exchange for luring them into his trap. Captain Kirk has a gun pointed at her but doesn’t shoot—even though many of his crew members are already dead because of her. She even says, “Do you believe every sad story you hear?” Eventually Kalara is killed, but the message is clear: Don’t trust sob stories. People will come to you for help when they actually have bad intentions.
Like Trump says of Middle Eastern refugees: “This could be the all-time great Trojan horse.” It’s a fair statement considering the high numbers of Muslims who support Sharia law (according to Pew):
- 91 percent in Iraq
- 89 percent in Palestine
- 86 percent in Niger
- 86 percent in Malaysia
- 83 percent in Morocco
- 74 percent in Egypt
- 77 percent in Thailand
- 42 percent in Russia
The Muslims living in the West don’t even like us, according to the Pew chart at the right, even though they take welfare and other benefits at significantly higher rates than the native population. The Office of Refugee Resettlement says 91.4 percent of recent Middle Eastern refugees are on food stamps and 68.3 percent are on cash welfare. Besides taking cash resources from native populations, the high costs lead to native families having fewer children, since they’re taxed out of being able to afford them. And we only need to look at recent news about terrorist attacks done in the name of ISIS for confirmation that many of them are willing to die if it means killing a few infidels.
Kalara cared more about herself and her own people than the destruction of the Enterprise. Although we’d like to believe that everyone has good hearts and that everyone has moved beyond tribal and racial identities, it’s simply not the case, even in the Federation.
Older Ideologies Will Kill Us
The main villain in Star Trek Beyond is Krall, an evil, alien creature who’s searching for a weapon of mass destruction so he can wipe out the more democratic and advanced population of Yorktown, and then move on to destroy the Federation.
At first it seems like Krall is an alien. Then—spoiler alert—they discover that he’s actually Captain Balthazar Edison, who went missing with the the USS Franklin more than 100 years ago. He holds “backwards” views, even telling the Enterprise crew, “Unity is not your strength.” He thinks they’ve all gone soft, and that going back to a life of conflict will make them strong again.
The Federation’s views sound eerily like French president Francois Hollande’s words after the terrorist attack on a priest in Normandy. Shortly after the attack, Hollande said: “I owe you the truth—this war will be long. What it’s aimed at is our democracy. Our democracy is the target and it will be our strength, because our unity is our strength.”
Krall’s ideas seem backwards to an integrated and progressive society like the members of the Federation. Given that he’s from the “blasted dark ages,” it’s fair to say he represents the majority of radical Muslims in the world, who are stuck in the Dark Age of killing infidels, waging war for religion, keeping women enslaved, executing witches in staged trials, and killing homosexuals.
The typical Leftist tripe about radical Muslims is that if only we’re nicer to them, they won’t want to kill us. But here again, Star Trek Beyond takes a conservative perspective. At the end of the film, Krall has a chance to redeem himself by helping Captain Kirk send the bioweapon out into space and save Yorktown. Instead, he tries to kill Kirk so he can continue his plan.
The film demonstrates that when you’re dealing with someone with the backwards views of the “dark ages,” you can’t hope to bring them around to progressive views, at least not quickly. Krall was mad because the Federation made peace with its enemies and created a modern society. In a way, he “hated them for their freedoms.” Star Trek Beyond shows this type of primitive thinking as completely incapable with Yorktown, the Federation, and modern society.
Some may say the Federation won in the end, but it was at a high cost. Crew members of the Enterprise were killed, their life force sucked out of them to extend Krall’s beyond the typical human capacity. The Enterprise was destroyed, and the survivors suffered trauma and injuries. Had they had a little more caution, a little more “fear-mongering,” those innocent lives killed by Krall could have been spared.
The Utopia Portrayed in Star Trek Is Slipping Out of Our Grasp
At the start of the film, the USS Enterprise headed by Captain James Kirk travels to Starbase Yorktown. The Starbase is the epitome of a socialist paradise, a literal zootopia. Not only different races, but different species all live in harmony. Hunger, poverty, homelessness and most sickness appear to be eliminated. Of course, it’s a noble goal to attain to. But what isn’t mentioned is what it will take to get there, and America and the West are headed in the exact opposite direction.
Such an advanced society requires a highly educated, highly technical, high-IQ population. While IQs in Western countries generally increased since the 1930s, it appears we’ve already crossed “peak IQ” and have started the trend downward. IQ tests show the IQs in the UK, Denmark and Australia have decreased in the past decade.Some studies show the average IQ of Westerners plunging 10 points or more since Victorian times—an average of 14 points according to a study published by the University of Amsterdam last year. A University of Hartford study claims that the larger the global population becomes, the more the global IQ will drop.
But to create the world depicted in Star Trek Beyond, the global IQ will need to increase dramatically. This can only be accomplished if we stop the dysgenic programs currently practiced and promulgated by the West. Today, the smarter a woman is, the less likely it is that she will have children. The more income you earn, the more you’re taxed, and this generally equates to a tax on high-IQ individuals to subsidize lower-IQ individuals. The U.S. no longer even has a manned space program to speak of.
The mores of egalitarianism are not going to bring us to a highly advanced society. They’ll do just the opposite, by dumbing down schools and colleges till everyone can pass. Meanwhile, with capitalism the best minds in technology are put to developing video games and better search optimization; the best science minds work to figure out how to treat disease rather than cure it; and the most creative minds are stifled while pop singers make millions. With every generation, we’re moving further and further away from the technically advanced societies in Star Trek. Kids growing up in the 1960s had more hope that humanity would conquer space than kids born in 2010 do.
If we ever do encounter an advanced alien species, it’s going to be embarrassing. We need to not only raise the global IQ, but also raise the level of spiritual consciousness around the globe.