This is getting posted across four comments, as apparantly I’m too wordy for TYT’s forum post limit. Sorry.
Context: I’m the sort of guy who can enjoy a good science fiction, who grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation with my conservative Christian parents, and still found my way to a Progressive viewpoint.
I have recently come across the YouTube channel of Steve Shives, who is clearly a left leaning Trekkie in a Conservative section of the country who is making great content addressing both political/social issues of today, and using the Star Trek universe at times to shine a light on current issues with a tongue and cheek attitude. The ideas I’m building below are based from two of his videos: What Actually Makes Star Trek… Star Trek? and What Do Conservatives Actually Like About Star Trek?. Together, this is over an hour of analysis and introspection of Star Trek and Conservativism, which I appreciated, and has lead me to start delving into the content being created within the universe. It has also led me to see an opportunity for Progressives to reach out to Conservatives, if we frame our perspective the right way.
While I suggest checking out these videos on your own, the points I want to highlight are Trek’s dedication to a Progressive outlook on Humanity, and that despite that Conservatives still enjoy Trek for its portrayal of a Human military presence in space, defending the ideals of America’s take on how to lead while also being ready to be the arm of the law when the times need it. I feel that if we can get Conservative Trekkies to acknowledge these points and speak with them on a level they can appreciate without talking down to them.