Capitalism will not last forever, not saying that communism will replace it, but I prefer Utopian socialism.
Why won't it last forever? Give me reasons. Why is a free market a bad thing?
It's a post-work society. We labor because we WANT to, not because we HAVE to. Communism doesn't function like that. Communism forces work.
Prove that the Federation doesn't force work (through either brainwashing, or threat of punishment). If everyone has what they need to live, why do they work? Why do they want to? Laziness is an evolved trait: we want to work the least amount of time to conserve energy.
In fact, at the rate at which we are going in the advancement of robotics, I'd say we are well on our way to approaching that era where we will need to fundamentally change our attitude towards work in general since robots will end up holding most of the jobs.
For my opinion on this, see: http://www.futuretim...-are-old/page-3
1) you are assuming that Utopian Socialism and Communism are the same thing, which they are not
If I am, and ST is "utopian socialism", tell me why nobody owns property, the state owns all transportation, the state owns all communication, the state owns all industry, and citizens are forced to work (prove to me that they aren't).
2) Star Trek is a show centered around the NAVY (Starfleet) thus will hold a somewhat biased statement on how life is within that organization
And SW is centered around a terrorist organization. However, we can still clearly see that they have an enlightened free market.
It doesn't matter what organization that the media is centered around. We can still deduce the economic system.
4) People work, but it's not because they are forced to, they WANT to
6) Replicators would make money and currency virtually obsolete
So replicators create objects ex nihilo? No? Oh, so replicators remove supply and demand? No? Oh, so replicators don't require power, maintenance, or information? No? Oh, so replicators can synthesize everything? No?
The Ferengi have replicators and they are clearly capitalist. Replicators change the value and availability of commodities, but not much else.
BTW, SW has replicators too (Han Solo and the Lost Legacy).
7) You seem to forget that TNG-era Star Trek was made in the late-eighties and throughout the 1990s, so modern limitations such as copyrights, feasibility, and our technology at the time couldn't produce the special effects to create a Coruscant for a televised program
Doesn't matter. We never saw any personal transport, nor did we any private enterprise which is commonplace on the bustling Coruscant. And that's what matters.
8 ) Picard never said how society chose to abandon the acquisition of wealth in The Neutral Zone episode, so again you are assuming (through a modern lens) that it MUST have been through communism.
I'm not assuming anything. There is plenty of evidence that they are communist.
If left unchecked, capitalism does a pretty good job of destroying itself through monopolization and boom-and-bust cycles until it turns into something very un-capitalistic.
100% true. We need government intervention.
Also of note is that Federation citizens constantly commit suicide for the sake of the collective. Transporters kill you, and clone you (Second Chances).