From Republic to Empire: The Fascism of the Sith

Just returned from taking the boys to see Revenge of the Sith. Pretty much all one could hope for (if you have realistic hopes), and more. The Buddhism of the series is clearly confirmed, but for me the most interesting line of development was the transformation of the Republic into an Empire–all in the name of peace and protection. The Emperor’s “resolve” is for the sake of homeland security. Sound familiar?

Senator Amidala captures the irony of fascism’s triumph: “So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause.” Indeed.