Grading Morality on a Curve

The scene outside the Pelosi home after Paul was attacked. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.)

Hey,

So I’m still getting my sea legs, as it were. So I’m just gonna think out loud today. We’ll see where I end up.

I’ve long had a weird obsession with the question, “What if the writers of Star Trek wrote World War II?”

The joke stems from the fact that pretty much every episode of Star Trek—including all of the spinoffs, with one exception—focuses on the most important and powerful people on the ship (or space station). The captain or his top officers—or both—go on super dangerous adventures while all of those hundreds of nameless extras keep doing their work in relative safety. Of course, every now and then, one of those extras goes down to the surface to provide security. Usually, they end up as red-shirted phaser fodder.

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