Sorry Martin Robbins: Mars needs Kirk Not Hofstadter

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Sorry Martin Robbins: Mars needs Kirk Not Hofstadter

This week the Guardian News­pa­per & Mar­tin Rob­bins pro­vided proof pos­i­tive that there is no sub­ject that can not pro­duce lib­eral angst, even sub­jects that con­cern­ing things far in the future:

How can our future Mars colonies be free of sex­ism and racism?

The white, male Euro­pean con­querors of the New World and 19th-​century Amer­i­can pio­neers of Man­i­fest Des­tiny still colour the space age, so is it a myth that we’ll turn nice on Mars?

This pro­duced plenty of snark:

Rea­son:

Seri­ously, you’re talk­ing about start­ing a colony on Mars (which thank­fully — and unlike large swaths of colonies formed on Planet Earth — has no native pop­u­la­tion) and you’re stuck on GamerGate?

PJ Tat­tler

Wel­come to Gen­er­a­tion What­ever. For­get Kirk ver­sus Picard. There’s a new Cap­tain in town named Barack and his bid­ding with the final fron­tier is finally com­ing to fruition. Sure, we can explore Mars, but why even bother? We’ll just screw that up, too:

Samiz­data:

I mean read this whole arti­cle, then I defy you to look me in the eye and tell me they are not tak­ing the piss out of themselves.

Clay­ton Cramer:

Of course this is the same news­pa­per that marked the 100th anniver­sary of the inven­tion of the air­plane by turn­ing into a com­men­tary about Amer­i­cans invent­ing it to kill people.

But all of jok­ing aside Mr. Rob­bins dream of the lib­eral beta male col­o­niza­tion of space for­gets ignore a basic real­ity the nature of the Beta Male vs the Alpha male to wit the Star Trek TNG episode Tapestry

The very nature of both space explo­ration and col­o­niza­tion demands the Alpha male.

The Alpha Male is The per­son will­ing to take the chance, risk their life and live it to the full.

The Beta male doesn’t do this, he would like to do this, and on occa­sion may even rise to the occa­sion given the right inspi­ra­tion but as a rule does not.

The Alpha male moves for­ward, doesn’t let com­plaint and risk stop him. The Alpha Male is James Kirk

The Beta male is Leonard Hof­s­tadter and he is the type who offers tear­ful apolo­gies if fem­i­nists are offended by his shirt.

Of course in fair­ness Kirk didn’t spend a lot of time in his shirt.

Star Trek Cap­tain Kirk & his Crew inspired gen­er­a­tion of kids & teen to want to go out into space and be like him.

And while some comic book & gam­ing geeks like myself like the idea that our hob­bies are more accepted because of Shel­don & Leonard, the only thing about Leonard boys in school dream of being is laid by Penny.

In fair­ness there will likely be plenty of Leonards, and Rajs and Howards and maybe even a Shel­don or two on the team that gets the first Mars Colony ship into space.

But the Crew will be Full of Kirks and his crew who will be too busy going boldly where no man has gone before to give a damn what the Mar­tin Roberts of the world think.

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Update: Author of Guardian piece was Mar­tin Rob­bins not Roberts thanks to Rand Sim­berg on twit­ter for the catch corrected

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This week the Guardian Newspaper & Martin Robbins  provided proof positive that there is no subject that can not produce liberal angst, even subjects that concerning things far in the future:

How can our future Mars colonies be free of sexism and racism?

The white, male European conquerors of the New World and 19th-century American pioneers of Manifest Destiny still colour the space age, so is it a myth that we’ll turn nice on Mars?

This produced plenty of snark:

Reason:

Seriously, you’re talking about starting a colony on Mars (which thankfully—and unlike large swaths of colonies formed on Planet Earth—has no native population) and you’re stuck on GamerGate?

PJ Tattler

Welcome to Generation Whatever. Forget Kirk versus Picard. There’s a new Captain in town named Barack and his bidding with the final frontier is finally coming to fruition. Sure, we can explore Mars, but why even bother? We’ll just screw that up, too:

Samizdata:

I mean read this whole article, then I defy you to look me in the eye and tell me they are not taking the piss out of themselves.

Clayton Cramer:

Of course this is the same newspaper that marked the 100th anniversary of the invention of the airplane by turning into a commentary about Americans inventing it to kill people.

But all of joking aside Mr. Robbins dream of the liberal beta male colonization of space forgets ignore a basic reality the nature of the Beta Male vs the Alpha male to wit the Star Trek TNG episode Tapestry

The very nature of both space exploration and colonization demands the Alpha male.

The Alpha Male is The person willing to take the chance, risk their life and live it to the full.

The Beta male doesn’t do this, he would like to do this, and on occasion may even rise to the occasion given the right inspiration but as a rule does not.

The Alpha male moves forward, doesn’t let complaint and risk stop him. The Alpha Male is James Kirk

The Beta male is Leonard Hofstadter and he is the type who offers tearful apologies if feminists are offended by his shirt.

Of course in fairness Kirk didn’t spend a lot of time in his shirt.

Star Trek Captain Kirk & his Crew inspired generation of kids & teen to want to go out into space and be like him.

And while some comic book & gaming geeks like myself like the idea that our hobbies are more accepted because of Sheldon & Leonard, the only thing about Leonard boys in school dream of being is laid by Penny.

In fairness there will likely be plenty of Leonards, and Rajs and Howards and maybe even a Sheldon or two on the team that gets the first Mars Colony ship into space.

But the Crew will be Full of Kirks and his crew who will be too busy going boldly where no man has gone before to give a damn what the Martin Roberts of the world think.

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Update:  Author of Guardian piece was Martin Robbins not Roberts thanks to Rand Simberg on twitter for the catch corrected

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All Tip Jar hits in May of $10 or more will get a copy of Jeff Trapani’s excellent E-Book Victor the Monster Frankenstein.