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May 20, 2005

More comments on Star Wars

Well I went down to see Return of the Sith yesterday and it was a great experience, even for someone who until 2 weeks ago hadnít seen any of the Star Wars films before. I particularly liked this telling comment from Padme in response to a speech from Chancellor Palpatine – "So this is how liberty dies, to thunderous applause."

Following on from some geeky analysis of the republic from highlighted by The Liberalist, Marginal revolution makes some additional points on the seemingly altruistic and moral Jedi.

Some examples –

The Jedi and Jedi-in-training sell out like crazy. Even the evil Count Dooku was once a Jedi knight.
What do the Jedi Council want anyway? The Anakin critique of the Jedi Council rings somewhat true (this is from the new movie, alas I cannot say more, but the argument could be strengthened by citing the relevant detail). Aren't they a kind of out-of-control Supreme Court, not even requiring Senate approval (with or without filibuster), and heavily armed at that? As I understand it, they vote each other into the office, have license to kill, and seek to control galactic affairs. Talk about unaccountable power used toward secret and mysterious ends.
The core message is that power corrupts, but also that good guys have power too. Our possible safety lies in our humanity, not in our desires to transcend it or wield strange forces to our advantage.

If you're yet to get your fill of Star Wars, see the full (spoiler free) post here.


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