An away team is on a daring rescue mission and the ship is about to be blown up. The Enterprise beams them out and they appear on the ship. Energy appears around them then there is nothing. Ten seconds later those particles appear on the ship. Those particles go through the hull of the ship and to where they need to be "recreated".
They make food out of thin air. Resources to make Starships. But they can't or are not allowed to clone 20 Picards.
its an energy beam. their bodies are demolecularised, but are kept within the matter stream, then carried to the ship and reassembled on the transporter pad.
the food is created by matter manipulation and molecule reorganisation, it's not created out of thin air. and they have to mine a lot of the heavy materials to make ships. they don't just replicate them.
there are several things replicators simply can't make, including objects far too complex to replicate, like latinum, people, i think dilithium is in there too.
iirc its something to do with the resolution or something.
"With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured... the first thought forbidden... the first freedom denied – chains us all irrevocably."
Hate to discuss politics and economics on a Star Trek forum, but bottom line is that capitalism has no point and no place once you eliminate scarcity from society.
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