Essays

The Church of Star Trek

star_trek_TOS_cast_cropby Alexander Noble

I WAS LISTENING to a podcast from another White nationalist group recently and the host said something I was forced to reluctantly agree with: “White people try to turn everything into a religion.” Personally, I would add “As long as it’s trivial.”

I don’t know about other parts of the country — though I would suspect that it’s much the same — but in the small town Southwest, especially in rural Texas, high school football is the de facto state religion. I’ve often been amazed and disgusted at the sight of grown men, often middle-aged or older, who are so excited about an acne-scarred teenage player with a single-digit IQ that they’re on the verge of wetting themselves. Should you be foolish enough to criticize the team or the absurd obsession with the irrelevant you won’t be a pariah: You’ll slink about dreaming of achieving the social status of a pariah. The team, and the coach, are not to be blasphemed. Blasphemy is swiftly punished, and brutally.

The education of children is just a convenient excuse for the existence of publicly funded schools, and everybody knows it. The real purpose is to provide free child care and cheap sports entertainment, all paid for by someone else. Take those things away, or start charging the parents for them, and the herd would be rioting in the streets for the abolition of compulsory education, or at least demand that the kids actually learn something other than Narrative doctrine.

If you don’t believe me, take an example from my home town. Some years ago a budget crisis made it necessary to make cuts to the public schools. A suggested small cut shared equally by all departments created outrage when it was realized that it would also affect the sports program. This was deemed unacceptable, so an alternate proposal was made: Eliminate the least popular sports program, which was swimming, and temporarily close the natatorium — which would eliminate the shortfall by itself. This was also deemed unacceptable. So, in the end, where did the axe fall? It fell exclusively on the advanced program for gifted and talented students, which was entirely eliminated, resulting in the firing of 22 AP teachers. The rationale was that advanced classes were a luxury and gifted students could learn just as well in the slower classes. As is usual in post-sanity America, the best were considered the most expendable.

On the other end of the coolness spectrum lies the world of Star Trek. Like so many others, I grew up almost slavishly devoted to the franchise. Gene Roddenberry and his crew made a respectable amount of money off of me. As I became older, more mature, and hopefully wiser, I drifted further and further to the Right. At some point a profound realization hit me: Star Trek is blatant Leftist propaganda. It isn’t even subtle.

I had always known that it had a few flaws. Being raised in a conservative household, the existence of the UN-like “United Federation of Planets” hundreds of years in the future was a groaner. The fact that it comprised a benevolent multi-planet, multicultural, multi-species government made it even harder to suspend disbelief. Still, it was science fiction, and in those days science fiction was hard to find, so we overlooked it. We even forgave them for the idiotic space hippies episode that even the most dedicated fans don’t want to talk about.

Still, one begins to see the flaws and logical errors in the programs. In the original series, presumably after three centuries of enthusiastic miscegenation, there is a curious absence of mixed-race people.

Not satisfied with interracial relationships, the programs proudly presented us with inter-species relationships — which when you get right down to it was bestiality. Curiously, the unions resulted in viable offspring, despite the impossibility of species that evolved on different planets being able to conceive together. Their DNA, assuming the alien species used DNA for heredity, would be incompatible. The producers later put a Band-Aid on that by revealing that such offspring required high tech intervention.

Back in the real world, as the decades pass it becomes apparent that the Leftist policies of the present day are doomed to fail, and were likely intended to do so. Yet, three centuries hence, and even later in subsequent series, 1960s liberalism not only still exists, it saves the galaxy on a daily basis. Then there’s the Prime Directive, prohibiting the intrepid explorers from influencing alien societies in any way, which was all about Vietnam War guilt. Obeying the Prime Directive was a guaranteed plot-killer and it was constantly broken because otherwise there would be no story.

There was much symbolism, always as subtle as a baseball bat to the head. Star Trek: The Next Generation introduced us to the baddest baddies in the quadrant: the dreaded and evil Borg. The Borg are a curious bunch. They seemed vaguely familiar to me. They have a hive mind and all think the same thoughts in the same way. Forced assimilation of every species they encounter is their obsession as well as absorbing their essence and everything they possess. It is a society of rigid conformity with no discernible culture. Theirs is a bland, drone-like, meaningless existence that would be Hellish, if the Borg were able to conceive of any other life, which they can’t. Most curious of all, when these oppressors of people and suppressors of culture assimilate an unlucky species, their victims turn white. Hmmm, whoever could the Borg represent?

Not too long ago, I chose to post an article about my conclusions regarding Star Trek on a conservative forum that I belong to, a legacy of my pre-White-nationalist days. I had spent many hours crafting and posting many articles that, to me, were devastatingly good and cut to the heart of the problems that we face. I began to wonder if anyone was reading them. At best, I would get one or two comments, and often none. Cue my Star Trek article. The result was a comment thread that went on 24 hours a day for three days, accumulating over 300 comments, almost all of them outraged and some downright hostile. These were my friends, mind you. After three days the moderator terminated the thread as having gotten out of hand.

It was actually that experience which led to me exploring other opportunities and moving further to the right. My critics reminded me of The People’s Front of Judea from the Life of Brian movie. Always planning and plotting and discussing, but rarely doing. I was amazed that they could discuss life and death issues calmly and dispassionately, but a small slight to a trivial television series resulted in them frothing at the mouth with unrestrained passion. If we could tap into even a fraction of the passion that the herd lavishes on professional sports, or even Star Trek, we would be unstoppable. We must bring equal passion to bringing in the wasted passion they possess. It will take finesse to skewer these meaningless sacred cows, but it is a duty we dare not shirk.

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5 Comments

  1. John Calhoun
    February 25, 2016 at 6:05 pm — Reply

    I think it was the sense of adventure more than anything else that drew me to Star Trek. I was never a fanatic for the series but I could understand why someone could be. Great piece!

  2. Connor Galt
    February 25, 2016 at 9:26 pm — Reply

    I to grew up with Star Trek but always rooted for the Klingons because their ships looked way cooler and they seem more Viking like. Might I suggest some of the science fiction novels of Robert Heinlein. The type of society portrayed in Starship Troopers is a form of Progressive Fascism. And finally there is 2001;A Space Odyssey, arguably the best science fiction movie ever made. Its iconic theme music(Thus Spoke Zarathustra) was composed by Robert Strauss who at one time was one of Hitler’s favorite composer when he conducted the Berlin philharmonic. The theme is almost Cosmotheist in nature- from sub-human, to human- to blue eyed starchild portrayed at the end of the movie which is the next step in human evolution.

  3. Jay
    February 26, 2016 at 1:17 am — Reply

    The baseball and football religions can be challenged with ease.
    I lived and worked in the Canton area of Ohio where football is the state religion. Even there I managed to pull some grown men from this stupidity.

    I start by challenging some of these out-of-shape beer-drinking weakling to actually playing football games. I would grab a couple of friends like me and we would mop the field with them.

    Our side was always in shape, and we shamed them into shape — and shamed them into actually doing sports/working out, instead of wasting time in front of the tube or watching kid’s games.

    The other method was taking them to martial arts classes for adults and/or boxing.

    MMA is also a good substitute for the masses since it is dominated by Whites.

  4. Anthony Collins
    February 26, 2016 at 7:59 am — Reply

    I can relate to the last two paragraphs of Alexander Noble’s article. It often seems that the most important, relevant, and thoughtful posts on internet forums typically receive the least attention and generate the least commentary.

    It also often strikes me how rarely people ask questions of others on forums in order to learn more. There are a few people on forums who know a lot more on particular subjects than most other people, but others don’t seem to recognize or respect their knowledge, and don’t engage them in intelligent and productive discussion. Ignorance is guarded, knowledge is hoarded, and everyone loses.

    The disputes on forums recall a remark incorrectly attributed to Henry Kissinger: “Academic politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.” (It’s not clear who made the remark, but it seems clear enough that it wasn’t Kissinger.) If one disregards personal vanity, those involved in these disputes have no real stake in them, but they nevertheless waste an incredible amount of time and energy on them. Those involved don’t ask themselves: What will be the likely outcome of this? How is this likely to play out? How is this likely to end? What could I be doing instead? What exactly am I doing and where exactly am I going?

    To paraphrase a term from the Cold War, forums often work as a system of mutually assured distraction. Perhaps that’s what makes them so effective at wasting time and energy.

    The question is, why do people invest so much in trivial things, but so little in important things? It’s not a question that can be answered easily. Accounting for the factors involved, their workings, and their relative importance isn’t simple. Short-term thinking is clearly an important factor, as is social validation.

    I think that the original What Is the National Alliance? pamphlet actually included a line about not seeking to wean the masses off Star Trek and other entertainments. The underlying idea was probably that the National Alliance should target those elements of the populace who are the most receptive and the most responsive to its message, and who can help advance its cause. This target audience wouldn’t include incurable Trekkies.

  5. February 26, 2016 at 11:12 am — Reply

    Connor: I must confess I liked everyone else’s starships better than the Federation’s, which always looked like they were designed by a drunken committee. I already got the message on Heinlein, a great author who managed to make everybody mad at times, even his fans. I’ve read Starship Troopers four times over the years, something I rarely do. I’ve actually written articles on the book, usually as well-received as my Star Trek article mentioned above. It’s seems with Lefties that if you’re a fan of the man or the book you’ll certainly have invaded Poland by lunch time. I’m also up to date on 2001. I made certain to throw a tantrum sufficient to get my parents to take me to the movie opening night. I even owned the soundtrack, which in later years I would discover was a great place to hide things because nobody would touch, much less steal, an album of classical music.

    Jay: You shame me. I’m not in the physical shape I should be, so I can’t point an accusing finger, but your method is sound. It’s better if you give people the opportunity to figure it out for themselves. I exercise, but sadly it seems as if the body becomes immune to it as one ages.

    Anthony: Weaning the herd off of the electronic teat isn’t the most effective use of our time as you suggest. It was a bitter disappointment to me when I realized it was true that the herd believes whatever it is told, which is probably why the enemy made a point of buying up all the megaphones. Building a vanguard is important, but I don’t think it’s good strategy to let our more gullible kinsmen be comfortable in their ignorance.

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