The Borg in Star Trek make a lot more sense when you realize they quite literally think of efficiency the way Neoclassical econs claim to, and perfection the way reactionaries do, which is why they never do anything smart, like, yknow, send 2 ships instead of 1 to conquer Earth
Like, 'First Contact' failed, but they have transwarp & time travel tech, so they coulda just sent, yknow, literally ONE more ship, and tried the EXACT same maneuver (in succession) and they would have succeeded
But they don't do that cus it's not marginally efficient lol
People try to claim the Borg are one of Star Trek's few critiques of leftism, but that's not even true, they're, like, hardcore committed marginalists, eugenicists & colonialists.
In the FIRST episode they officially show up in--Q Who (tho technically they were the cause of the events in 'The Neutral Zone')--they were, like, participatory economists a la Hahnel & Albert, & they had this mass decentralized network of non-hierarchical reasoning
And in that episode they kicked ass and were literally unbeatable, and a literal god had to save Enterprise
But they quickly abandon that premise, and the Borg quickly become defeatable. Coincidence???
If the Borg were really as they were portrayed in originally in Q Who--literally totally egalitarian, collectivist, fully democratic & making every decision based on decentralized decisions on what's best for the world--there'd be no moral basis to challenge them in the 1st place
Cus then they'd just be the Federation but not hypocrites (and yes, I get that that's the point)
But they abandoned that premise cus it made the Borg both too powerful and too sympathetic, so they made them actually hierarchical, eugenicist, conquering colonialists, with genocidal ideas about perfection, & an irrational desire to conquer
But also ones who follow incredibly strict rules about marginal efficiency (a la how JS Mill was abusively raised by his father and bc of which he had a mental breakdown)
Basically they're what America/The Nazis are but with the ideology of what the Federation tells themselves they are, taken to its extreme
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