The Briar Patch: A Star Trek Socioeconomics Podcast

The Briar Patch is a podcast from that uses Star Trek as a springboard for the discussion of socioeconomics. Hosts Guinevere Liberty Nell and Patrick Devlin take you into the exploration of societies, political theory, economics, and more through a Star Trek lens.


episode 3: Scarcely a Problem

Scarcity and Federation Utopia.

The Federation seems to have built a utopian society. How is it that they succeeded where so many generations have failed? And how does technology such as the replicator affect our ability to achieve utopia?

In this episode of The Briar Patch, hosts Patrick Devlin and Guinevere Liberty Nell discuss the ways in which the Federation has achieved utopian ideals and the role scarcity place in reaching that goal.

Introduction (00:00:00)
Scarcity and Society (00:04:40)
Reallocation of Resources (00:11:09)
Overcoming Scarcity (00:13:27)
Basic Needs vs. Luxuries (00:22:53)
Closing (00:00:00)

Patrick Devlin and Guinevere Liberty Nell

Patrick Devlin (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)


 2017-10-08  1h10m