Can we really trust the Jedi?

From a 2005 article on Marginal Revolution, titled “The public choice economics of Star Wars: A Straussian reading”:

  1. The Jedi and Jedi-in-training sell out like crazy.  Even the evil Count Dooku was once a Jedi knight.

  2. What do the Jedi Council want anyway?  The Anakin critique of the Jedi Council rings somewhat true (this is from the new movie, alas I cannot say more, but the argument could be strengthened by citing the relevant detail).  Aren’t they a kind of out-of-control Supreme Court, not even requiring Senate approval (with or without filibuster), and heavily armed at that?  As I understand it, they vote each other into the office, have license to kill, and seek to control galactic affairs.  Talk about unaccountable power used toward secret and mysterious ends.

Despite what George Lucas said, my personal theory is that ‘Balance to the Force’, involves an equal number of Sith as there are Jedi, which is exactly what Anakin did. The Jedi are just too overpowered to be left uncontested in the galaxy.

As an addendum, the reasons the article states about the Jedi perfectly reflect why I love Knights of the Old Republic 2 over the original. Through Kreia, Obsidian perfectly critics most of the Star Wars universes problems. In it, there is no ‘right’ choice. Give a beggar money, and he is killed for it. Give him nothing, and he kills someone else.

Kreia seeks to show you, that even the purest of Jedi can never bring true harmony to the galaxy. Even if the Jedi where to become the sole users of the Force in the galaxy, the implications for this are not good for any normal civilian in the galaxy.

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