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:
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?
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:
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.
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
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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