By John Livingstone
THE LEFTISTS HAVE CLAIMED THE LAST JEDI AS THEIR OWN, BUT THEY ARE KICKING AGAINST THE PRICKS. YET IN DOING SO, THEY BAITED CONSERVATIVES INTO FALLING INTO A STANDARD LIBERAL TRAP THAT CAN BE ARTICULATED IN JUST FIVE WORDS…
“The action is the reaction.”
That comes from Saul Alinsky and his book, Rules For Radicals (1971). The left loves his strategies. They have internalized them. The Conservatives ought to pay attention. Alinsky was known by Hillary Clinton. She wrote her senior thesis about him in college.
And by starting a great controversy over The Last Jedi, the leftists have once again used this tried-and-true principle to pull off a slam dunk against the Conservatives.
The numbers of politically charged articles written about The Last Jedi are too numerous to list. The Washington Times observes that criticism of the movie seems to fall among party lines: Conservatives despise the movie, and Leftists love it.
The end of it all is this: the liberals love the movie and claim it as a pitch-perfect hymn to all that the Progressive agenda holds dear.
Conservatives, who would otherwise like the movie, have instead chosen to simply react against this liberal outpouring. If the liberals love it, especially in print, then it’s like there’s a rule somewhere that the Conservatives must hate it.
The left-leaning Vanity Fair caught everybody’s attention when it announced in a headline, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi Offers the Harsh Condemnation of Mansplaining We Need in 2017.” It touted the film’s “progressive ideology” and praised its portrayal of women in leadership.
THE STAR WARS PHILOSOPHY
But in these discussions, both sides ultimately ignore the movie’s internal worldview and cast a blind eye to the despair that actually living in such a universe would produce in all of us.
The idea of “The Force” comes straight out of ancient pagan religions of dualism: the eternal existence of good and evil. The key characteristic of these religions is that there is an eternal struggle between two competing forces. This struggle will go on forever, and there will never be a final resolution.
One of the most ancient is Zoroastrianism, which was popular in the ancient Persian world beginning by at least 600 BC. It featured a basic eternal struggle that pitted Good vs. Evil in the form of the Wise Lord against the destructive spirit. This was taken to a new level in the 3rd Century AD when the Christian heresy Manichaeism turned the two forces into God vs. Satan. It pitted God against Satan in an eternal battle between good and evil in which an impotent God can never finally triumph against an equally powerful but also impotent Satan.
That is basically “The Force” in a nutshell: light and dark, both separate but equal components within the overall “Force,” which will battle for dominance for all eternity, and without hope for any final end to the struggle. For a while, the Light Side rises and dominates, only to be overtaken by the Dark Side. Within the logic of the Star Wars universe, there will never be satisfactory resolution between the Light and the Dark…