I watched this episode today. I saw it as an analogy for the American system versus Communism. Kirk in effect tears the Berlin Wall down, and says to the East Germans "you have freedom", but fails to replace their way of life with a viable alternative. Except to leave them to work it all out for themselves. These people are going to starve, there will be fights, disputes over leaderships - a "Lord of the Flies" situation. There should have been a later episode where Kirk goes back to see how they have got on, and what sort of mess they are in.
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