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This infamous article appeared on Salon Magazine. Look, I quite enjoyed the original 1977 flick and I adored Empire Strikes Back! I admired the underrated Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, with its fierce love of thought and humor and civilization. Which made me wonder, after leaving Jedi... "what happened to this guy?" Worse, what happened to what had seemed about to be a truly great legend?


Just what bill of goods are we being sold, between the frames? Elites have an inherent right to arbitrary rule; common citizens needn’t be consulted. They may only choose which elite to follow. “Good” elites should act on their subjective whims, without evidence, argument or accountability. Any amount of sin can be forgiven if you are important enough. True leaders are born. It’s genetic. The right to rule is inherited. And... oh yeah... justified human emotions can turn a good person permanently evil, like a light switch.