April 2, 2016
Commentary for December 23, 2019:
Kochanskiís little rant in Panel 2 is surprisingly prescient, considering I must have written this script first in either late 2014 or early 2015. But it honestly feels similar to some of the arguments Iíve heard some folks make for why someone like Donald Trump getting elected is Actually a Good ThingTM, because it will cause such harm that there will be an inevitable leftist backlash that will finally put an end to the unbridled capitalism of the United States. At the time of writing this commentary, it is the end of 2019, and weíve yet to see if that bears out in the 2020 election. Personally, though, I think the idea of the Trump presidency ultimately bringing about the end of capitalism is overly optimistic (although I do hope we see Trump unseated, obviously, and the more left-wing his successor, the better).
But I digress.
In a similar vein, Kochanski hopes that the unification of Sol will be so disastrous for Mars that eventually they will want independence again, and if it takes the death of thousands of Martians to bring that about, thatís fine by him. Kochanski is not terribly concerned about the suffering that will happen in the meantime (hell, he is quite content to help increase that suffering by refusing to co-operate with Eon), so long as the endpoint is what he wants to see. Itís classic consequentialism -- the idea that the ends justify the means, something Iíve taken a stand against in my writing since early in Eonís Comic and that theme has not changed in Eonís World. It shouldnít come as a surprise that I reject consequentialist ethics, since itís a moral philosophy that could be used to justify all kinds of horrors, so long as the end result is a net positive.
Then again, maybe Kochanski is just angry and verbally lashing out. But this, Iím afraid is the last we will hear from him, at least for a while. At the time of writing this commentary, he has appeared again in only one panel late in Chapter 7 and he had nothing to say there, and he hasnít reappeared since. At the risk of tipping my hand, I will say that I do have an idea for his return, and if I go with that in a future story, we will certainly get more insight into what heís thinking here. But for now, thereís nothing more to be said. General Pavel Kochasnki has been defeated.
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