Star Trek: Where Are We Boldly Going?

The Federation Council- note the preponderance of Starfleet Admirals in maroon

In Star Trek: The Next Generation and beyond, the Federation seems like nothing less a new Mother Church with Starfleet being its new Knights Templar. The Federation logo is essentially the same as that of the United Nations, a circle bordered by laurel leaves, but adds typically Solar motifs. The (Masonic) blue spacefield features planets and three cruciform stars and a (Masonic) gold ring.

The Federation is ruled by an Assembly and a High Council, a very large number of whom seem to be Starfleet admirals. The Council reminds you not so much of a democratic assembly, but more of the leadership you would see in a rigid, hierarchal organization like the Freemasons or the Jesuits. These people always seem to be highly idealized- nothing like the idiots in our own Congress. And a lot of them seem to wear the kind of robes you'd associate with monks or clergy.

Here's the kicker for me, though: There wasn’t much mention of the Federation Council in the original Star Trek series. But after Roddenberry’s experience with the Council of Nine, the Federation Council became ubiquitous.

Under the smiley veneer of humanism, politically correct pandering and New Deal-vintage liberalism, the Federation certainly feels like a socialist military dictatorship. At the core of the Federation and at the core of Starfleet is the presence of a expansionist philosophy (the Federation must grow to survive) and a Masonic, heirarchal world view. And these stories are all told exculsively from the point of view of elite military officers on spaceships armed with world-destroying arsenals. Think about it- what military would ever depict themselves as aggressors? They'd always be the out-numbered good guys getting by on their wits and nerve, fighting enemies who are belligerent, alien and treacherous.

I admit I haven't watched the shows in a while and I'm nowhere near as fanatical as your average Trekker. But thinking back on TNG or DS9, I find it difficult to distinguish transmissions from Starfleet vs. transmissions from the Federation. There always seemed to be a Starfleet admiral onscreen, no matter where it was coming from.

This logo speaks for itself, doesn't it? But it reminds me not only of the recent proselytising scandals at the Air Force Academy, but also of Hogwart's, which itself has always seemed to me like a military academy for young, aspiring sorcerers. Which is one of the reasons I'm not a big Harry Potter fan. The British "public school" system is based around separating children from their families at too-young age and transforming them into servants of the ruling class and/or the military. Not all that different from Sparta, in more ways than one.

But there's a larger issue at hand.

In today's media-saturated environment it's very difficult to convert secular young people to a religious viewpoint. It may turn out to be much easier to convert someone from one religious viewpoint to another. I noticed that many of the people in the group at Esalen had fairly potent religious upbringings, as did I.

I'm sure a lot of you out there already suspect as much, but is all of this highly esoteric pop culture acting as an intentionally pre-designed surrogate for religion? Or is this all part of the process of unconscious revelation? We all can speculate, but I'm after the smoking guns. Outside of these symbols (which are open to many interpretations) is there any compelling evidence of some greater design behind this? Now that Star Trek is being relaunched, what might the specifically militaristic and Masonic values of the Star Trek Universe be attempting to prepare the average young viewer for? I mean, face it; most of your Trekkers seem pretty harmless, and very few I've seen seem like military material. So what- if anything- is this all about?

Stay tuned. These questions and more are what the Secret Sun is all about. I've read a lot on the subject, but if anyone has any good quotes from any of these characters, let us know.

13 comments:

  1. Great article for all of us fellow/former trekkies!

    I laid in the floor watching tv as a kid and just worshiped the original Star Trek series. I entered a science career mainly as a result of inspiration from the series. But as I grew older, received a degree in chemistry, then entered graduate school...I drifted from the love of the series but not because of real science but because of the slant the new Star Trek series and spin-offs took.

    I really felt betrayed by the oddness of the spin-offs and movies. So, I really see your point on the new bent in the series. I'm like you in wondering why and what the motive is.

    You seem more aggressive and seeking in this string of recent posts. I like that you're looking for the smoking gun. There is a sense of urgency, it seems, all around to find answers. If anyone can find the smoke, it'll be you.

    Keep up the good and fine work.

    SoapFan

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  2. Wow, thanks Soapie!

    I still love TOS because it's got that awesome theatrical vibe to it, and I was a big fan of TNG for a long time, but there's the obvious dissonance between the PC sensibility and the highly evolved militarism of the new STU. It got really noticeable with DS9- almost a precursor to the atmosphere during the past few years.

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  3. Hi Chris,
    The current post on your blog concerning the Star Trek franchise is quite intriguing right now. The now not so stealthy agenda in cinema and TV shows in particular, that seems to be of engineering acceptance of a future militarized society is quite worrying.
    I waver in between what I know of the concept of predictive programming and the nature of the synchromystic philosophy, and I can't make up my mind whether what we see in the propaganda outlets is part of a social engineering agenda, or if its synchromystic echoes of what is in the mass collective unconsciousness, or a strange confluence of both.
    Whats your take?
    Also, I have heard suggestion that Jean the Light's trademark fiat command, "Make it so," is classic Masonic terminology. Have you found that this is the case?
    The hierarchial structure of the Starfleet Federation definitely smacks of a technocrat priesthood, whose policies are enabled by an elite warrior class.
    As you wrote, the PC guff of Star Trek TNG merely masked the socialist (fascist?) militarized empire that the Federation really is.

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  4. what is it preparing them for? more of the same, i guess, astro-colonialism. the project is far more dependent on willing scientists than zombified trigger-men. these shows are indoctrination to the religion of Scientism and are aimed at a fairly educated demographic: your trekkie. the military demographic is a bit different, on the nba finals I saw an air force ad and their new slogan is "above all." I am definitely enjoying your recent stuff though. you did make one mistake that I also made for a long time which is usage of hierarchal. Hierarchal refers to a hierarch, a high priest, whereas "hierarchical" refers to a hierarchy. the Hierarch I C ALL, you can call me al

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  5. Great stuff, and after the summer of love another ideal shattered in my world. Awesome. :p I value truth over anything else anyway. DS9 was f'd up militarily and otherwise too and I guess you can say the same somewhat of TNG, I never saw TOS.
    What was the deal with Voyager then? I can't see much negativity in that storyline at first glance, maybe cause they were trying to get home. I'm sure others will find something.

    And then there's Enterprise, which was practically a raping of ST lol. You have to laugh with it or you cry. Holy crap. Were they trying to lure in more viewers by lowering the bar or something?

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  6. Sorry for the double post: Here are some interesting quotes.

    "It speaks to some basic human needs, that there is a tomorrow - it's not all going to be over in a big flash and a bomb, that the human race is improving, that we have things to be proud of as humans. No, ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids - human beings built them because they're clever and they work hard. And 'Star Trek' is about those things."
    - Gene Roddenberry, from the "Star Trek" 25th Anniversary special, 1991

    "I'm not a guru and I don't want to be. It frightens me when I learn of 10,000 people treating a Star Trek script as if it were scripture... Frankly those conventions scare the hell out of me. It is scary to be surrounded by a thousand people asking questions as if the events in the series actually happened. I'm just afraid that if it goes too far and it appears that I have created a philosophy that answers all human ills that someone will stand up and cry 'Fraud!' and with good reason."
    - Gene Roddenberry, speaking in 1976

    "While most science fiction of the 1960s and much of it now shows us a glum, dismal, postholocaust future where people wear rags and are reduced to ratlike behaviour, Star Trek gave us a clean, bright future with crisp military panache melded into the dyanmism of individuality..."
    - Diane Carey, Star Trek novellist

    I always thought of Star Trek as utopian, though the military hierarchy crap always bothered me too. And there's no point in exploring outer space if you're not exploring inner space.

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  7. "I waver in between what I know of the concept of predictive programming and the nature of the synchromystic philosophy, and I can't make up my mind whether what we see in the propaganda outlets is part of a social engineering agenda, or if its synchromystic echoes of what is in the mass collective unconsciousness, or a strange confluence of both.
    Whats your take?"

    Um, maybe all three and more besides? There is so much in play here it boggles the mind, Panoptie.
    I think what I'm trying to do is create a state where we're looking at this symbols in an almost holographic manner.

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  8. Thanks, Droidy- I love the bit about the cons! Hah!

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  9. The manner that the USA is presented by some, in the 'war against terror', makes it sound like it is the equivalent of the Trek Federation (btw - there's also a 'real life' Galactic Federation, which maybe has been mentioned in the Nine books too), but obviously it's not as cut-and-dried in actual reality; I'm not sure that any of the good guys in Star Trek were on the same side as anyones selling weapons to all sides in various conflicts, conflicts they engineered or encouraged, whilst ensuring the consciousness of their own nation as well as others are kept as far away from reasoning intellect as possible......I'm sure if they discovered that was the case, they'd be the first to take a heroic stand against it publically.

    That's the impression I get anyway, going on the episodes and films I've seen. They're always up for environmental and cultural conservation, being accurate and honest, and are certainly a not-for-profit multiple-galaxy society.
    So, nothing like any Earth governments and who they represent then.

    I think we, on this planet now, are like one of those slave worlds who have been kept in the dark for millenia by evil oppressors, and forced to go along with lies about how the universe works.
    We're a bit like Endor in ROTJ; just considered a platform for some evil empire to put up some resource-stealing bases on, at the outer rim of a galaxy way out in the sticks. Probably every ship the Galactic Federation sent here has gone missing (eg - shot down over Roswell), or the crew return having gone insane and unable to communicate coherently, and being a socialistic security-defense-based massive parliament, it takes them about 40 light years to discuss it and reach a decision.

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  10. Does anyone know if the field of stars in the UFP logo depicts actual stars or constellations?

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  11. Okay... the Man From U.N.C.L.E. had Ilya and ST had Chekhov, predicting that the Empire would subsume the USSR. Uhura reprazenting that the Empire had work for all willing to throw in their lot with it. Let's not forget the quasireligious trappings of the lapel-pin as bishop's mitre and James (emperor)Tiberius Kirk/Kirsche/Church. Freemasonry was something of a competitor to The Church, eh? Build a Third Temple to turn back the clock to before the Black Iron Prison of PKD. The Sindona P2Lodge Scandal may've secretly represented the Masons subsuming the Church. Propaganda Due, eh?

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  12. It just occurred to me that Star Trek Voyager might be a feminist bastardization of The Odyssey - after all it's all about a voyage home, right? I tend to concur with the social engineering aspect of these things. However I don't see an incongruence with getting the geeks and the nerds to fall in line with the militarist mindset; remember who'll be designing the next generation of weapons and 'future warfighter' programs for DAPRA.

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  13. zupakomputer said...

    "The manner that the USA is presented by some, in the 'war against terror', makes it sound like it is the equivalent of the Trek Federation but obviously it's not as cut-and-dried in actual reality; I'm not sure that any of the good guys in Star Trek were on the same side as anyones selling weapons to all sides in various conflicts"

    While I'm all for understanding allegorical ambiguity, Zupa has intuited just such a plot. The 2nd-season TOS episode "A Private Little War" has Kirk discovering the Klingons are arming one side of a tribal conflict on a pre-warp planet, and he arms the other side to maintain the balance of power. The plot also involves shamanistic themes revolving around the tribal culture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Private_Little_War

    More explicitly, the early Next Generation episode "Too Short a Season" has a revered starfleet admiral confront the consequences of his arming of both sides of the same conflict 40 years after he did so, the episode also featuring the theme of restoring youth: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Too_Short_a_Season_(TNG_episode)

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