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A reader writes in to say I'm being unfair to Yoda when I liken the Federal Reserve's "doing by not doing" strategy to Yoda intervening in the economy.

Hey, Yoda is a man of action. He saw the Republic getting taken over by Palpatine, and [went] into the well of the Senate to do something about it, like any 3 foot tall 800 year old man would do!

Of course, Palpatine threw the whole Senate at him kicking his [butt], and we are talking about a work of fiction, but my point remains the same! Leave the green guy alone!

It's true. My focus on Yoda's verbal stylings came at the cost of accurately portraying his timely and energetic interventions.

By Ezra Klein  |  August 11, 2010; 1:05 PM ET
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At the risk of committing heresy, it should be noted that Yoda is arguably the worst Jedi Master in the history of the Republic. A few thousand years of Jedi enabled peace and prosperity were undone by two guys from small planets in the outer rim. Epic fail (pun intended).

Posted by: StokeyWan | August 11, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I disapprove of this post as it treats the heretical prequels as canon.

Posted by: protonk | August 11, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Concur with protonk re: SW I-III not counting.

However, a reasonable reading of "Empire" isn't that Yoda didn't want Luke to act, he just foresaw great danger in his acting prematurely. And I mean, things did turn out pretty bad on Cloud City, and even that was far from a worst-case scenario. Although Obi-Wan seemed to know Leia's provenance, Yoda did not, so he had no way of anticipating Luke being saved because he was able to connect to her through the Force and direct the Falcon to the weather vane he was hanging on.

Just saying.

Posted by: rusty_spatula | August 11, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama still has an opening or two to fill on the Federal Reserve Board. Perhaps Yoda could work some of his Jedi magic there.

Posted by: stlyrface | August 11, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Leave Yoda alone...

When in real life all that we have is leaders without any vision and wisdom, please don't rob us from our fiction at least.

Posted by: umesh409 | August 11, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

rusty_spatula, and let's also remember in Jedi that Yoda didn't want Luke to take no action. Quite to the contrary, he told Luke that he had to not only face Vader, but kill him.

Posted by: MosBen | August 11, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

To anyone who defends Yoda, or who has even the slightest bit of affection for the Star Wars saga, I present you with the ultimate cure and I urge that you take it immediately:

Posted by: Patrick_M | August 11, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Luke: "Vader... Is the dark side stronger?"
Yoda: "No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive."
Luke: "But how am I to know the good side from the bad?"
Yoda: "You will know... when you are calm, at peace, passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack."
―Yoda to Luke

Posted by: jkaren | August 11, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

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