Cory Doctorow at 10:02 am Mon, Apr 23, 2012
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A little bit of Star Wars-meets-Occupy street art, snapped near my flat in Hackney, London.
Occupy Wall St The 99% We Are, Yoda stencil, Great Eastern Street, Hackney, London.jpg
When the greatest Jedi in all the multiverse is on your side… that’s a good thing.
Sure, if you overlook the fact that he recruited child soldiers for his personal army of religious zealots. Yes, just like Joseph Kony!
Also, he used “g”s on that stencil instead of nines. That’s just unforgivable.
Not really that funny. I don’t recall Yoda kidnapping kids at the point of a lightsaber…
One way or another it’s pretty clear that most Jedi were taken into the order when they were well below the legal age of consent. Anakin was older than most but even he didn’t really get much of a choice—his deal was basically “you can either train to be a Jedi or you can live out the rest of your life a slave on a gods-forsaken desert planet.” Oh, and the fact that there were still planets where slavery remained legal didn’t seem to bother the Jedi. But as soon as some backwater asteroid starts talking about secession then it’s time to send in a vast army of disposable people to crush them into submission! A bastion of moral rectitude, those Jedi.
Agreed that there is absolutely nothing funny about real-life slavery or child soldiers, though.
who’s to say what the “legal age of consent is” in a galaxy far, far away?
Careful, that line of thought can quickly lead to some truly depraved Ewok-on-Jawa slashfic.
as soon as i typed it and hit return, i regretted it, yeah.
The Jedi took the children to an academy, while the movie showed them learning how to use the force they were also given a standard education. The Jedi did not enslave people, nor did they interfere in a planetary conflict unless asked to by the government recognized by the Republic.I am not sure what exactly you expected the Jedi to do…they were not the government of the Republic or any specific planet. Should they have depopulated all the desert planets, forcing every inhabitant to migrate to another planet that they deem to be more livable?Anakin was BORN on Tatooine. It’s not like the jedi would punish him by marooning him on a strange and hostile planet they would merely allow him to stay home with his mother.You are also presuming that not interfering means they did not care. It is a false presumption. They might have hated the concept but since it was acceptable to the planetary government they could do nothing.You seem determined to paint the Jedi as an evil group…not sure why.
You seem determined to paint the Jedi as an evil group…not sure why.
One of them once called my hometown “a wretched hive of scum and villainy.”
Yeah, but he was a suicidal old fart…
@Terence_Reilly:disqus I have to admit there are some issues. Why did they leave Darth Vader’s Mom to remain a slave? I mean, I know there was some other important stuff going on, but you’d think later after things settled down they would have managed to do that after a little while?
No wonder that poor boy later lashed out and blew up planets.
Oh sure, NOW he’s a populist. He didn’t exactly have the concerns of the little guys* on his mind when he was literally sitting in an ivory tower with the tiny group of elites running the whole galaxy.
*(figurative little guys)
I am highly suspicious of Yoda’s motives on this one. Mr. The-power-of-the-force-is-available-to-me-by-birthright-as-one-of-the-noble-few is suddenly a man of the people? Sure. When the crass new money threaten his cozy bastion of bloodline nobility…
He does have a certain Noblesse oblige that the new boss lacks; but he is as blue-blood as they come.
Ew, the GG%? Do GG percenters shit in a bowl onstage?
Aren’t Jedis like the .0001%?
The prequels never happened.
Yes, everyone is so witty.
Whatever. Great concept and creativity, hope to see more like it!
Isn’t Yoda the 100% on Dagobah? Well, until Luke arrives, then he’s the 33%.
Take that, you guyz!
I remember when the American Left had a sense of humor. Which, thankfully, *most* still do.
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