While watching the 1996 movie, “Star Trek: First Contact” (stop smirking and keep reading. There really is a political connection), I was struck by something interesting. The similarities between The Borg and Progressives are astounding. For those of you who are not familiar with the part human, part machine characters, let me explain: The Borg are/is one entity made up of many parts. The Head of this entity is, quite literally, a head. She has no body and must insert her head and shoulders into a body in order to walk around, though why she feels the need to walk is confusing since she can simply float around her ship/world, but, hey, it’s Star Trek and mine is not to question why, mine is to eat ice cream and laugh. But, I digress. The Borg have a philosophy:
“The philosophy of the Borg Collective can be summarized as a determination to use any methods necessary in order to pursue a perceived state of perfection. Toward this end, the Borg, originating as wholly organic lifeforms, augment themselves, beginning just after birth, with synthetic systems and organs, allowing them to achieve heights of physical and intellectual capacity undreamt of by most purely biological species. Assimilation, occasionally of individuals but regularly on a mass scale, of other lifeforms whose physiologically and technologically distinct advantages they deem remarkable, is undertaken in order to acquire those traits and distribute them to all throughout the Collective. In so doing, the Borg seek to bring both themselves and those assimilated closer to perfection” [emphasis added] (retrieved June 26, 2010 from http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Borg_philosophy).
Quite early on in the film, Jean Luc Picard, the Enterprise’s illustrious captain, who, by the way, was well on his way to being assimilated into the Collective six years earlier, tells a woman from the past, who is totally confused as to just how she got on this guy’s spaceship, that our society no longer has any use for money; the focus now is all about working for the good of mankind as a way to better ourselves. He didn’t seem to be bothered by that; it is interesting, however, that Picard himself didn’t want to be assimilated into the collective and thought it was something to be destroyed. Assimilation for the big-shot captain, bad; bettering society by doing away with making money, good. Hmm.
There is something very frightening about these fictional characters. In addition to the fact that the people assimilated into The Borg Collective have no choice in the matter, they also have no individuality. The Borg, led by the floating Head, take the part of the human that makes him or her unique, their thoughts, sight, motivation, etc. and replace it with something mechanical and uniform. There is no solitary thought; they are literally of one mind. There is no opportunity for pursuit of anything other than assimilation of anyone they come across. The goal is to make One. Sound familiar?
Progressives love the idea of One, don’t they? The Ones in Power want to be the floating heads in charge while we underlings do their bidding. The successful and wealthy Capitalists must spread their money around and support those who don’t/won’t work as a way to better themselves and society. But don’t ask Nancy Pelosi to give up her fancy office or the private jet. After all, how would that benefit society’s underlings? Obama, the head floating Head, and his regime want to take what is, has been, unique about America and replace it with something else; something “mechanical” and uniform…something worse. The goal is to assimilate America into the world of socialism/communism/whateverism. The goal is…The Borg Collective. Creepy.