by Shelt Garner
I’ve heard some really great things about The Expanse TV show. So, I started it, only to stop watching it within moments of seeing the first few moments. I will try again soon, but for the time being, I just could not get past the basic premise of the show.
Humans are idiots and, barring some external force, “the Other,” it is highly unlikely they would ever willing unite under the auspices of the UN. In fact, the only way I could see something like that happening is if WW3 happened and that event scared and scarred humanity so much that we finally decided to unite in some way.
That, or aliens.
In fact, one of the things that makes it so difficult to think of a way to zap a large number of humans to new, habitable planets in a new solar system — as I keep brooding about — is nationalism, specifically American nationalism. Americans simply will not abide with ending the nation-state.
So, you have to accommodate that in some way and that adds a great deal of complexity that I still — to this day — have yet to totally figure out how to overcome.