Originally Posted by kevin
And taking from others has been a historical trait of large societies since their inception. The Federation has it's principles for sure. How often it actually abides by them is another matter.
There could have been a much better discussion of the realities of running a large society if someone had presented more of an argument against Picard's defence of principles. Picard is very much the 'theory' man, but people like Dougherty should have embodied the 'practical' day to day challenges of those principles. And where they sometimes fall by the wayside for expediency.
Again my tiresome argument about underlying ideology informing one's preferences. You want the Federation to be corrupt and cynical whereas I want it to be idealistic ... so naturally we love a story in which these traits we like appear.