Liberals in space: the 1960s politics of Star Trek

  title={Liberals in space: the 1960s politics of Star Trek},
  author={Mike O'Connor},
  journal={The Sixties},
  pages={185 - 203}
  • M. O'Connor
  • Published 1 December 2012
  • Political Science
  • The Sixties
Among television programs of the late 1960s Star Trek was somewhat anomalous in tackling philosophical and political themes, and in doing so in a consistently liberal voice. Its statements, however, reveal not only the highest aspirations of the period’s liberal project, but also the limitations and unresolved tensions of that approach. This point is exemplified by considering Star Trek’s treatment of the two most significant issues of the era: the African-American civil rights movement and the… 
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