Friday, May 27, 2005

Jedi Mugged by Reality

This is the best Star Wars to neocon/Iraq war analogy article I have read so far. Link.

Some highlights:

"We see a once liberal warrior seduced by the promise of power and order, and fed up with the bumbling bureaucrats in the Galactic Senate – to paraphrase Irving Kristol, a Sith lord is a Jedi mugged by reality."


If past has been prologue in viewing Star Wars as a prophetic guide to the neocon advent, we can see frightening premonitions of what lies ahead. At the very beginning of Revenge of the Sith, we see the unrestrained ideological ruthlessness with which the Sith turn against the Trade Federation that was so crucial to their advancement in the previous Attack of the Clones. This could turn out to be a perfect allegory for the old ideologues crushing their "free-market conservative" allies when advancing the revolution calls for it.


The more solid analogy, however, lies in the parallel between Palpatine's purge of the Jedi and the Bush/neocon purge of the CIA and career military [Like Karen K]. Like the CIA, the Jedi were an institution that perfectly illustrated what was deeply flawed about the system they represented, but in the end were an independent source of power that had to be eliminated.

Good Stuff. I will have to admit, the way the neocons manipulate all aspects of the information chain is impressive, in an evil empire sort of way. Must be "The Schwartz".


Anonymous Daveg said...

Heh. Pretty funny.

5/28/2005 06:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a minute there, I thought it was "Judy Mugged by Reality".

On second thought, though, she's thea truth mugger, so it doesn't fit.

5/28/2005 05:52:00 PM  

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