One of the attractions of the Star Trek universe is the quasi-Utopian idea of a society which has done away with money, where the main interests of humankind are the pursuit of knowledge and exploration. This presumes some sort of world government, and a fairly homogeneous society united for a common goal.
What works in fiction is often simplified and glossed over for a desired story point. What is the likelihood of a true world society, a planetary government? I say nil. [Read more…]