Meta Treks 91: Get That Whale Some Gumbo / by Trek fm

Equality and Equal Rights.


Running Time: 1 hour 5 minutes 45 seconds
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Equality in the United Federation of Planets is often taken for granted, that alien life forms are entitled to the same rights, privileges, and opportunities as humans. But to which beings does this equality extend? Humanoids? Only sentient life forms? Intelligent androids? Whales? Nanites? And equality in what sense? Political equality? Moral equality? Equality under the law? Equality of opportunity?

In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison discuss the philosophy of equality in the Star Trek universe, from issues of accessibility for disabled Starfleet officers such as Commander LaForge (TNG) and Ensign Melora (DS9: "Melora"), to the rights of non-humanoid life forms, whether intelligent whales here on Earth (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home) or non-human aliens such as the Horta (TOS: "The Devil in the Dark") and the Sheliak (TNG: "The Ensigns of Command").


Intro (00:01:19)
Equality - Making a Distinction (00:03:16)
Political Equality Over Time in Star Trek (00:04:49)
Moral Equality in the Federation (00:11:22)
Moral Equality and Future Potential (00:20:25)
Equality Under the Law, Equal Rights, and the Ethics of Care (00:28:07)
Equality and Exploitation (00:33:48)
Deep Space Nine and Equal Opportunity (00:36:34)
Starfleet and the Federation: Is the Captains Life More Valuable? (00:46:42)
Our Attitude Toward Other Cultures in the 24th Century (00:55:34)
Closing (00:58:52)


Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison


Mike Morrison (Editor) Zachary Fruhling (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Patrick Devlin (Associate Producer) Kay Shaw (Associate Producer) Mark Walker (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)