Replicator

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Trekkies often argue that replicators radically alter the economics of the future,<ref>[http://bbs.stardestroyer.net/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=119607 Trekkie "masonwheeler" attempted this argument in the forums.]</ref> creating a society in which anyone can have anything they want, thereby justifying the [[communism|moneyless society]] of the [[Federation]].
 
Trekkies often argue that replicators radically alter the economics of the future,<ref>[http://bbs.stardestroyer.net/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=119607 Trekkie "masonwheeler" attempted this argument in the forums.]</ref> creating a society in which anyone can have anything they want, thereby justifying the [[communism|moneyless society]] of the [[Federation]].
  
The argument is absurd because replicators do not create products from nothing: they require power, patterns, feedstock (raw materials), and maintenance.  There are many products they simply can't produce, and many of the products they can make are considered inferior to similar products made by other means.  It may also explain the massive popularity of Joseph Sisko's creole restaurant on Earth.<ref>TNG "Sins of the Father"</ref>  The rationing of replicator usage in ''[[Star Trek: Voyager]]'' and the use of MRE-style stored meals instead of replicated meals on [[Defiant-class|''Defiant''-class]] starships also show that replicators are actually less efficient than other manufacturing methods (drastically less, if the deplorably inefficient and nasty [[Plastic Chef Neelix|cooking methods of Neelix]] are still an improvement).
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The argument is absurd because replicators do not create products from nothing: they require power, patterns, feedstock (raw materials), and maintenance.  There are many products they simply can't produce, and many of the products they can make are considered inferior to similar products made by other means (which explains things like the massive popularity of Joseph Sisko's creole restaurant on Earth<ref>TNG "Sins of the Father"</ref>). The rationing of replicator usage in ''[[Star Trek: Voyager]]'' and the use of MRE-style stored meals instead of replicated meals on [[Defiant-class|''Defiant''-class]] starships also show that replicators are actually less efficient than other manufacturing methods (drastically less, if the deplorably inefficient and nasty [[Plastic Chef Neelix|cooking methods of Neelix]] are still an improvement).
  
 
Consequently, they do not remove the supply and demand considerations of an economy; they just change the value and availability of certain commodities.  This assessment is confirmed by the [[Ferengi]] economy, which continues to be a thriving [[capitalism|capitalist]] economy despite the widespread use of replicators by the Ferengi.
 
Consequently, they do not remove the supply and demand considerations of an economy; they just change the value and availability of certain commodities.  This assessment is confirmed by the [[Ferengi]] economy, which continues to be a thriving [[capitalism|capitalist]] economy despite the widespread use of replicators by the Ferengi.

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