Politics in Storytelling

The Lore Reloaded YouTube channel recently uploaded a video about politics being portrayed in the past and current Star Trek franchise.

It's rather hard for me to fully evaluate the whole video because I don't have a subscription for CBS' streaming service. Virtually everything I know about "current" Star Trek is based on the few free episodes put out officially for a limited time and the amateur reviews fans post on YouTube.

From my more experienced knowledge concerning "legacy" Star Trek I think Lore Reloaded has a good point that artists should present their world-building "as it is" and trust the audience to decide the right and wrong. Obviously that shouldn't be a formula. Every once in a while a "bad guy" character with no clear motivation can be used "because they're bad" for dramatic contrast.

Telling a story is an art. It's a way to communicate a concept.

There has always been politics in writing such as George Orwell's 1984. It had a big bad government throughout but near the end of the book the totalitarian government got a chance to give some reason as to why it should be viewed in a positive light. You don't have to accept it or tolerate it but there was a process by which the world Orwell described came into existence, functions and strives to remain whole. Just like any government that has existed in reality or will ever exist in the future.

George Orwell wrote the story of a hypothetical world in the year 1984. It took some inspiration from Orwell's political experiences but 1984 left the conclusion to the audience. Either run away from that world and fight against what can bring it about or embrace it as something inevitable.