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23 November 2015 @ 05:41 am
Martial Law  
The good-guy government in Star Wars is a republic with princesses, in other words, “an undemocratic, ineffective government maintained by a combination of religious awe and martial force.”

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Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on November 23rd, 2015 10:42 pm (UTC)
Word. I've always thought that; nice to see someone else express it all so cogently.

When my daughter was young, I wouldn't let her watch Star Wars, and a bunch of people gave me shit about that. Hello, first of all it's a WAR movie, as the title clearly indicates, but worse than that, it's a war movie in which the heroes are people of distinctly poor character.

Han Solo is a member of the criminal underworld from the get-go, so his "blast first, ask questions later" attitude is reasonable enough. But the beautiful young Princess from the allegedly-peaceful planet Alderaan shoots down how many people without turning a hair?!? She never even gets the shakes; not a hint of remorse ever shows on her face or in her voice. Leia is a cold-blooded killer; I certainly did not want my child to admire or emulate her.

I disagree with the writer of the article on just one point. Robots are slaves; that's what the word 'robot' means. The purpose of robots is to do the dangerous and/or tedious dirty work so that humans don't have to. Yes, they can be torn apart and put back together at will, their components cannibalized, their memory-chips wiped or replaced, because they are machines, not alive, not self-aware, with no feelings about anything.

If a society is stupid enough to give their mechanized, expendable slave-labor force sentience, emotion and personalities, I say that society deserves the inevitable Robot Rebellion that results.