Archive for October 28th, 2010


Spock (the Vulcan one) Cited by Texas Supreme Court

October 28, 2010

From Ron Chisud at

Conservatives, who are prone to irrational hysteria over a wide number of things, have increasingly been seeing the concept of international law (and especially Sharia law) as a threat. How are they going to respond if American courts start deferring to the United Federation of Planets?

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America reports on Spock being cited in when writing their opinion in Robinson v. Crown Cork and Seal:

Appropriately weighty principles guide our course. First, we recognize that police power draws from the credo that “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Second, while this maxim rings utilitarian and Dickensian (not to mention Vulcan21), it is cabined by something contrarian and Texan: distrust of intrusive government and a belief that police power is justified only by urgency, not expediency.

And from a footnote from the opinion:

See STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (Paramount Pictures 1982). The film references several works of classic literature, none more prominently than A Tale of Two Cities. Spock gives Admiral Kirk an antique copy as a birthday present, and the film itself is bookended with the book’s opening and closing passages. Most memorable, of course, is Spock’s famous line from his moment of sacrifice: “Don’t grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh . . .” to which Kirk replies, “the needs of the few.”

Spock is an alien, and by that I don’t mean a non-citizen of the USA.  He’s a…. VULCAN!