A week or so a go a undiscovered tribe walked out of the Amazon jungle and made its first contact with the modern world. Anthropologists are ecstatic about the new discovery and can’t wait to study them while the human side of the scientists fear for the tribes future.
On Star Trek the Prime Directive dictates that Starfleet shall not interfere in the development of primitive cultures even if the intentions are to do good. John Luc Picard says “The Prime Directive is not just a set of rules. It is a philosophy, and a very correct one. History has proven again and again that whenever mankind interferes with a less developed civilization, no matter how well intentioned that interference may be, the results are invariably disastrous.”
Should we apply this same logic to the US Libertarian/Tea party movement? This trailer park dwelling constitution worshiping knuckle draggers are happy with their perception of the world. Sure they can be dangerous but even isolated tribes in the Amazon have been known to kill the odd outsider as they stumbled into their lands.
Star Trek’s Prime Directive is based upon the Zoo hypothesis of the Fermi paradox, which deals with why alien life has not contacted earth. Aliens simply do not want to interfere with our primitive technology and way of life. So perhaps if one side of the world wishes to evolve away from conventional wisdom and logic we should let them build their great Trailer Park culture and just observe what becomes of it.