| Originally posted by Dave |
The whole point of card games is the aquisition of chips or money -- in other words -- wealth. Poker just doesn't work otherwise. The same is true for the Dhabo tables at Quarks.
they do play for money at quarks, i never disputed that. I figure the federation gives officers any latinum they require to play with...
While on this subject; no one would actually play in that Poker game on the Enterprise -- at least not Riker anyhow. Consider the people that he plays with: |
Deanna Troi- an empath who can tell if you are lying.
Geordi La Forge- his visor can tell if your skin changes colour, and you are bluffing.
Data- who has a brain which remembers everything, so can count cards, and calculate all odds instantly.
Thomas Riker- his double who thinks exactly like him.
And they wonder why Picard won't play with them??
I think they mentioned the Geordi thing, he said he could see thru the cards if he wanted to, but he refrains
| more on money and wealth in ST |
If the Federation has abolished poverty, illness and want within it's borders, wouldn't this lead to an intolerable economic migration of poor, sick and 'wanting' aliens to come and live there. Would it not be better just to give them the technology they need now for free, and stuff the prime Directive.
think "Friendship One" - they know from experience not to just give out tech... if an alien wants to live on earth i guess they have to come from a federation world, and to join the federation they have to have certain attributes... And since no-one on earth gets paid, producing the extra food wont cost anything...
Also, if money and the aquisition of wealth has been abolished, how come Picards family still own land, and a vinyard in France?
cos they like making wine??
Okay, maybe i'm just an idealist