by Eric King
I know that I am rather late to the party, but having just seen it, I can only now give my thoughts. Perhaps it is my many years as a leftist and my four years as a college student at a very left-wing university, but I always try and figure out what a movie is really trying to say. I wish to take up Mike Enoch’s call for an “Alt Right culture of critique” and deconstruct this piece of widely seen political propaganda. Star Wars: The Last Jedi topped the Box Offices for 2017, making 600 billion dollars and thus I think it is important to analyze, especially given the heavy messaging of this film.
In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the bad guys (the New Order) are almost all White men and the good guys (The Resistance) are the diversity squad with a few Asians, Blacks, a Spaniard (I think), and tons of women. So, even if it is on a subconscious level, the movie is clearly saying that White men are evil and that non-Whites and White women are good and virtuous. By racializing the villains and the heroes, the film is clearly taking a racial stance and making a racial statement.
This film, and the film before it, made a point of killing off the two remaining White male good guys. In the film before this one, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they kill off Han Solo and in The Last Jedi, they kill off the central character of the entire franchise, Luke Skywalker. Why? Why bring both of them in for just one movie just to kill them off within the same movie? I think it is clear that, at least on a subconscious level, the screenwriters felt that they had to make it clear that White male heroes are no longer going to be part of this franchise. The only reason you would do that is if you wanted to show that the good guys are no longer going to be White men or that White men can no longer be allowed to be seen as good guys in general.
There is a strong motif in this movie about the Jedis needing to die and Skywalker being the last of the Jedis. This is incredibly hard for me to interpret because my gut instinct is to say that this is symbolism about White people needing to die off and the whole White genocide narrative that Hollywood is trying to push. But in the original trilogy, it is the Jedi who are valiant heroes fighting against the Empire, who are essentially stand ins for Nazi Germany. So if the Jedi need to die, then is the movie trying to say that the sort of White liberal resistance to “fascism” needs to die in favor of a diverse progressivism? It’s not entirely clear.
At the same time, the movie portrays the Resistance as being these underdog heroes who are the “last of the Resistance” and desperately outnumbered and so forth. So I wouldn’t say that the messaging of this movie is consistent because it says, at the same time, that White men are both happily dying off and that we are all powerful and about to destroy the plucky diverse Resistance. We cannot both be a weak people that is about to commit suicide and also the all powerful bad guys, that doesn’t make any sense. I think that this film helps to portray a fundamental contradiction within the liberal mind itself, because this idea of White men being this all powerful force, at the same time as we are pathetic and need to die off is a frame of mind that is very familiar to me. This is the progressive worldview where they will say that White men have all of the power and, at the same time, gloat about the fact that Whites will be this powerless minority in a generation. This is fundamental to the left’s view on race because at no point can they ever allow themselves to be seen as the powerful ones; they always have to have a self-image of being the rebels who are fighting against the powerful. So no matter how much power they actually get within corporations or academia or the government, they can always view themselves as being the underdogs fighting against this eternal White supremacy.
At least one message in this film is very clear: old traditions are useless and you should let them burn down and forget them. One scene is very explicit. The books of the Jedi religion are burning down and Yoda, the wise Jedi master of the previous films, essentially says let them burn because the young female main character, Rae, is all that they need. This is a core message of the movie, that anything that was created by the past must die. As Kylo Ren himself says, “Let the past die, kill it if you must.”
This film helps portray the fundamental weakness of liberalism and leftism. The ideology of the left does not respect any tradition and because it respects no tradition, nothing of the past, it ultimately doesn’t respect its own liberal traditions and, in a fit of anger, will burn them all down. Anything that becomes fixed or seems, in any way, traditional, carries with it the weight of eventually being seen as restrictive or outdated. This means that the ultimate triumph of liberalism is suicide. Not the healthy progress of letting some things burn off while letting others continue to grow but the revolutionary growth that requires the self immolation of the past in order to create something utterly new. This process is constant. A permanent revolution in which homosexuality goes from being taboo to being conservative in a generation, where transgenderism goes from being a mental illness to a civil rights issue in a decade, and where White genocide goes from being insane radicalism to mainstream liberalism over the course of a few years. Even the people who fought the Nazis are still evil because they are clinging to their old traditions. The past must burn and continue burning. As soon as anything is made it has to be destroyed before it can become tradition. This is an utter, radical detachment from everything that actually makes one human. Your traditions, your family, your community, the history of your people, all of it must be burned in the furtherance of some imagined future. A constant forest fire burning down every tree as soon as it starts to grow, that is a vision of the world that the left finds glorious.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the height of the J-left vision of the world. A world without true feeling, in which all genuine passions are dedicated towards tearing down an imagined enemy and tearing down everything of the past.