Saturday, March 29, 2014

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Emma and I started watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  This is the trailer for Season 6, but we started with the first season, and I think it's fair to say that we've both been enjoying it a great deal.

I think it was unintentional, but like it or not, the Clone Wars has a lot to say about what work and labor are going to be like in the far-flung future.  Which is to say that in the Clone Wars, genetically programmed clone warriors and mindless droids fight for the future of the galaxy, alongside an extremely limited number of elite warrior jedi and sith and their close acquaintances.

And the rest of the galaxy pretty much sits around getting shit on. 

So.  Almost everything of anything value is done either by mindless clones or by mindless droids.  The only regular people who do anything of value are either ruling elites or the .01% of the galaxy that has magical superpowers and are therefore utterly irreplaceable.

This, my friends, is the world that we will have when technology can literally do anything we can imagine.


  1. Wouldn't it be more accurate to say "The vast majority of the entire galaxy gets to be totally insulated from the war, and goes about their business"?

    Cause really, if all the fighting is being done by robots and clones, with a few space-wizards and mercenaries salted in, you've got no conscription, no russian peasant armies, no families waiting to hear the bad news, limited issues "re-integrating" damaged soldiers into society. Hell, no child-soldiers or mujahedin, either.

    So, if the future is going to have a war (which we better hope it won't, because just one of those light-speed ships could destroy a planet), that's the war I'd want to see.

    1. That's the way I think it looks in George Lucas's mind, but the issue isn't just the war. It's everything. I think it's not just soldiers who're getting out-sourced here, it's pretty much everybody BUT space-wizards and senators.