‘You are warriors’

the language of a despot

rallying his troops

by Scooj


* Over the last two weeks, my wife, daughter and I have watched all 11 of the Star Wars movies at my daughter’s request. It has been a real pleasure and a great way to spend our evenings.

The basic plot is good versus evil. What stands out are the parallels with our current times. The Empire presided over by ruthless self-interest in the shape of Trump, Johnson, Bolsonaro, Putin, Assad, Kim and others, against the rebellion in the shape of Black Lives Matter, Greta Thunberg, science, medicine, law, faith and humanity. I wonder how the despots would cast themselves in the Star Wars analogy.


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I am Stephen. I live in Bristol, UK. I decided to shorten my this: Wildlife, haiku, travel, streetart, psychogeography and my family. Not necessarily in that order.

6 thoughts on “Stormtroopers”

  1. Can’t think of many despots that didn’t start out thinking they’re making their world better. Many think they are the hero to the end. And if they win the wars they are the conquering heroes. My money is on the heroes who die fighting a losing battle so that they’re side can have a chance to win the war. Rogue 1 is my favorite.

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