Politics and Star Trek: the Federation and Federalism

So Yav suggested that I re-post this here. A law professor blogs about the ‘federalism’ of the United Federation of Planets, and comes to the conclusion that the hippie Feds are really a protection racket, exploiting the member worlds for the benefit of the humans.

Read the blog post.

While I don’t see that the evidence supports this conclusion, and share my alternatives that can explain how their economy functions.