|The famous Blue Marble image removes the|
boundary lines, but does not change our
divisive human nature.
Decades of political theorists, science fiction writers, comic book creative teams, video game creators, and filmmakers have gotten it wrong.
We will never have a one-government world, at least not on Earth. That idea is a figment of imaginations not sufficiently grounded in human nature.
|The Inner Council of the United Planets: Nope. Never gonna happen for real. |
(Of course the President of Earth is an old white dude)
|We in the USA can't even willingly submit to a nationwide government, lately. This marvelous David Parkins image from The Economist sums it up visually.|
|A classic Alien Overlord, backed by his militant legions, riding in their UFOs, as envisioned by HeroMachine forum member "Grail."|
One might argue with Sir John's value judgment that "larger territorial units are a benefit to commerce and to public stability," and that, therefore, empires are generally beneficial. It's less easy to argue against his conclusion that all empires eventually end in decadence and internal collapse, since he has history on his side, for that one.
|Robot, alien, or whatever, don't try to conquer Earth and then use the humans as handy slaves. Humans are sneaky and have a lot of practice with hate.|
|Whatever it takes, the humans will resist.|
|Sorry, Brain. It'll never work out.|
Many thanks to NASA for the iconic "Blue Marble" image of Planet Earth, and to The Comics Round Table for the Silver Age image of the Inner Council of the United Planets.
I'm indebted to The Economist online edition for the wonderful David Parkins illustration; the article that goes with it is also well worth the read.
Many thanks to Grail and Grail's Gallery on the HeroMachine Forum, for the "Alien Overlord" image that so perfectly captures the trope under discussion!
Equal thanks to the creators of the "Trust No One" image, originally posted on the Machine Overlords blog.
I could NOT resist including the image "Rebels vs. Empire" from the VideoGamesUncovered post, "Top 5 Overused Sci-Fi Cliches in Gaming" (I couldn't find the original source).
And finally, many thanks to Giphy, for the image from Pinky and the Brain.