Science Fiction’s Not Always Fiction.
By Craig M. Szwed
I watched a couple of old TV shows, the other night. They originally aired nineteen years ago (January 1995: Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Season 3: Episodes 11 & 12: Past Tense: Part 1 & 2). Those shows depicted the futuristic Star Trek crew accidentally being transported hundreds of years back in time, to the year 2024 when the United States Government was “protecting” citizens from themselves, and protecting its cronies, the power-hungry, and affluent society from the average citizen.
In the story, the U.S. Government incarcerated unemployed and marginally beneficial citizens, questionable and undesirable citizens, and the sick, in “sanctuaries”. They were all escorted at official gun-point to a new life behind guarded walls and gates. Incarcerated citizens were given meager hand-outs, promises of possible jobs, even the hope of relocation. The government told prisoners that they were guests, and the detainment was for their own protection.