1 Acknowledgments2 IntroductionChapter 3 1 Human Nature4 The state of nature-Hobbesian roots5 Fear6 Greed7 Glory8 Competition and Belligerence9 State of Nature- Rousseau10 To Serve ManChapter 11 2 The Individual and the State12 Conformity13 Capital punishment14 Justice and the law15 War16 Does size matterChapter 17 3 Fascism and Modernity18 Automata- I Sing the Body Electric19 The Bandshell and the swimming pool20 Fascism and Dictatorship21 The Cold War22 Prejudice23 Nuclear war24 AlienationChapter 25 4 Magic and Optimism26 Magic27 The Allegory of the cave28 Conclusion
Spaceships and Politics: The Political Theory of Rod Serling examines the political themes in The Twilight Zone. In this unique show, Rod Serling used fantasy and the supernatural to explore political ideas such as capital punishment, the individual and the state, war, conformity, the state of nature, prejudice, and alienation. He used aliens and machines to understand human nature. While the themes in The Twilight Zone often reflected political concerns of the time, like the Cold War and post-industrial technology, the messages had broader political implications. This book looks at Serling's mechanistic view of the world and emphasis on fear through Hobbesian themes like diffidence and automata.