Great Job, Internet!: Read This: On the post-money utopia of the Star Trek universe

There were no cash machines aboard the Enterprise, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard spent very little time worrying about how he was going to pay his bills this month. Never once does Wesley say to Worf, “Can you lend me 10 bucks until Thursday?” Such are the blissful financial realities of Gene Roddenberry’s futuristic Star Trek universe, as detailed in an intriguing Atlas Obscura article by Eric Grundhauser called “Why Jean-Luc Picard Never Carried A Wallet.” The answer, alas, is not that Picard wanted to avoid spoiling the lines of his form-fitting Starfleet uniform; it’s simply that he had no need for a wallet, with society having evolved beyond the need for money, at least within the confines of the United Federation Of Planets. The jumping-off point for Grundhauser’s article is Manu Saadia’s upcoming book, Trekonomics, which suggests that the futuristic series provides an excellent economic example …

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