Star Wars

Hard to believe it was 35 years ago this month that Star Wars premiered. The movie not only popularized Joseph Campbell’s insight that the function of myths is to inspire individuals and perpetuate society, but was itself an example of Campbell’s teaching that ancient myths must be continually modernized so they can fulfill their function.

Talk about inspiration! Star Wars tells the story of the ultimately successful secession of the Rebel Alliance from the Galactic Empire. However, the three prequels that followed The Return of the Jedi focused on the unsuccessful first effort to break away from the Republic. The first conflict arose as the increasingly corrupt Republic was transforming into the Empire. The two opposing forces in the first secession attempt were known as The Grand Army of the Republic (!) and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. (!!!) Here’s a synopsis of each:

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), also known as the Clone Army, was the main part of the armed forces of the Galactic Republic in its final years, becoming one of the largest armies ever assembled, although not as large as the Separatist Droid Army. After the Clone Wars, it served as the nucleus for the armed forces of the Galactic Empire.

After the deaths of the members of the Separatist Council, some Confederacy-loyal worlds still refused to be absorbed into the new Galactic Empire. These remnants, some organized and unorganized, would continue to fight throughout the Imperial era. The Empire would use these holdouts as justification for expansion of the Imperial Navy. Many of them ended up joining the Rebel Alliance at its formation.

May the Force be with you.

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6 thoughts on “Star Wars

  1. RonL

    Have you watched the movies?
    The Seperatist Rebellion was led by the apprentice of the Sith Lord/Chancellor. The rebellion was a means of consolidating power and creating the empire.

  2. HarrisonBergeron2 Post author


    RonL, RonL, RonL …

    It’s just an observation that elements of the WBTS were used in Star Wars. No one said it was an exact parallel.

    Enjoy the mythic qualities of the films, as well as what they say about the irrepressible urge to resist tyranny and enforced conformity.

  3. HarrisonBergeron2 Post author


    Here’s another interesting wrinkle: Palpatine and the other imperialists in the dying Republic launched a movement that later turned against them.

    Just like Israel initially backing Hamas as a counter to the PLO.

    Those unintended consequences!

  4. RonL

    “Here’s another interesting wrinkle: Palpatine and the other imperialists in the dying Republic launched a movement that later turned against them.”
    Pardon me? The Rebel Alliance was formed out of the Republic, not the separatists.

    “Just like Israel initially backing Hamas as a counter to the PLO.”
    Israel never backed Hamas. They, foolishly, backed the Muslim Brotherhood’s religious and social programs as a counter to those of the PLO.
    Today, the American government is helping the Muslim Brotherhood, despite nominally being at war with Al Qaeda.

  5. RonL

    Did you actually read what I wrote and what Raimondo sensationalized?
    “In a conscious effort to undermine the Palestine Liberation Organization and the leadership of Yasser Arafat, in 1978 the government of then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin approved the application of Sheik Ahmad Yassin to start a “humanitarian” organization known as the Islamic Association, or Mujama. The roots of this Islamist group were in the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, and this was the seed that eventually grew into Hamas – but not before it was amply fertilized and nurtured with Israeli funding and political support.

    Begin and his successor, Yitzhak Shamir, launched an effort to undercut the PLO, creating the so-called Village Leagues, composed of local councils of handpicked Palestinians who were willing to collaborate with Israel – and, in return, were put on the Israeli payroll. Sheik Yassin and his followers soon became a force within the Village Leagues. This tactical alliance between Yassin and the Israelis was based on a shared antipathy to the militantly secular and leftist PLO: the Israelis allowed Yassin’s group to publish a newspaper and set up an extensive network of charitable organizations, which collected funds not only from the Israelis but also from Arab states opposed to Arafat. ”

    In other words, Israel initially funded and allowed the growth of civic organizations tied to the Muslim Brotherhood. These later became the basis of the civic wing of Hamas and a recruiting ground for Hamas. In other words, exactly what I said.

    But Israel did not give money to the Islamic Resistance Movement (?arakat al-Muq?wamah al-?Isl?miyyah) known by its acronym “Zeal” or Hamas as such. Hamas did not take up arms against Israel until 1989.

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