- Imperialist (frequently violating prime directive) ❌
- Misogynist (Seven of Nine exists to be abused and gaslit) ❌
- Racist (Ensign Kim is never promoted, unlike white characters; also Chakotay's entire character) ❌

- Anti-imperialist (5 season arc about resisting empire; station exists to help Bajor rebuild from occupation) ✅
- Pro-labor (Rom forms a union, is the hero) ✅
- Deeply struggles with how to defend socialism in a hostile world of struggling imperial powers ✅


@buffalocialism also DS9 openly engages with the imperfection of the federation and the ways in which its bureaucratic and fascistic tendencies ACTIVELY hurt people, especially when faced with an apparently insurmountable enemy.

that and i fucking love jeffrey combs

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