R Street and Reason Present: The Politics of Star Trek
With the next installment of the long-running space opera to be released this July, there are some important questions we must examine: Was the Prime Directive responsible foreign policy, or was the Federation missing an opportunity to spread democracy? What would the invention of replicators do to the free market? Is Kirk more libertarian than Picard? How should policymakers regulate holodecks? What does the half-century long history of the Star Trek franchise say about the development of American liberalism?
Our panel of experts will answer these questions and more with a deep discussion of the political philosophy of Star Trek and other contemporary science fiction.
Managing Editor, Reason.com
President, R Street Institute
Professor of Law, George Mason University
Director of Federal Government Affairs, Entertainment Software Association
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Thursday, August 4, at 6:30 PM
1747 Connecticut Ave NW
Please come early! Registration does not guarantee entry if we reach capacity.