Saturday, 18 April 2015

Star Wars Episode VII : Long Live The Dark Side

I was pleasantly amused by the new Star Wars trailer, for reasons JJ Abrams had never in a million light years intended. Legions of ''Storm Troopers'' line up before a massive banner, in no way trying to trigger visions of a certain political movement of the 1930's, I'm sure. And there's a new Sith Lord with a light saber shaped like a cross, nice touch Abrams. The ''Dark Side'' has reformed itself, after having its forces destroyed and its leadership decapitated, it is back! all of the insecure nightmares of the Liberal Rebels have been realized, all of their hard work in jeopardy, forces they always feared and were terrified of have returned.

 Most fittingly, the baby boomerish Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford have also returned but they are old and craggy, the good looks and hippy rebelliousness replaced by a desperate need to protect what they created both on and off the screen, like the Liberalism their generation peddled, however, it too is old and worn out. In ''Bonfire of the Vanities'' Tom Wolfe had a passage which describes perfectly the image of broken old relics having to defend what they hold dearest:

'' a Protector who would keep the lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life. And now that boy, that good actor, had grown old and fragile and tired, wearier than ever at the thought of trying to hoist the Protector’s armor back onto his shoulders again. . . . an ‘old, gray-haired lad.”

The Dark Side, meanwhile, has seemingly returned fully formed, armed and ready to restore balance and order out of nowhere.And it has to, progressives have a real problem admitting they are hegemonic.
Because their world view was born out of a ''Rebel'' mentality of fighting the system and backing the outsider and the downtrodden, it's problematic to deal with the reality that you are the dominant ideological power.
In the recent election debates here in Britain there have been five or six different shades of Left and one, very mild, conservative, but  the Liberal Left are still trying to play the part of the plucky underdog fighting a system, a system which they obviously control.
Back in the Star Wars Universe you can't be allowed to witness the Dark Side trying to formulate its own Rebellion, we do not get to see Sithism reduced to a couple of blogs at the far end of the Galacto-Web, or people who show  politically incorrect, Anti Jedi, tendencies rounded up for being Haters and Thought Criminals.
 In the previous Star Wars outing ''Revenge of the Sith'' black actor Samuel L Jackson played Mace Windu (Dindu?) and, after discovering the Sith plot, demanded the revealed Sith Lord to be summarily executed on the spot! thus showing the sham of Jedi peace and Buddhist  tranquility which largely informs their world view. And so has it become with the Liberalism created and enforced by JJ Abram's people, if you're a queer robot, Muslim, Ewok or African then the progressives are on your side, if you question any of this and wish to change the present order then you swiftly discoverer the ''Light Side'' isn't actually that enlightened at all.

 And so as the latest installment of Star Wars begins to impose itself on the public conscience I for one will be cheering on the Empire, knowing that what it represents are deep and obsessive fears held within the Liberal mind, fears which one day I hope to be realized.

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