reidransom wrote:But I gotta say, these equalists have a point, man. I mean, the benders run everything and seem to hold pretty much all the important administrative positions, and then act all offended when anyone dares question their grip on power. Everyone is afraid? Yeah, everyone you know, you privileged dick. Oh no, we have to stop the chi blockers from training! Yeah, can't allow the proles to learn how to fight back now, can we. I think this Amman guy is onto something.
On one hand, you have Amon, who seems to be training an army to take down the evil bender master race, but he could be trying to take over Republic City, end the Avatar cycle, or some other nefarious ploy. On the other hand, Tarrlok is taking the law into his own hands and putting down a group he paints as seditious cult. There's plenty of room for him to be an opportunistic warmonger, too. Hell, we might even find out that these really obvious fight clubs with gigantic Amon posters on the walls were planted by him to manipulate the Avatar.
One point that was made a few times over in the SA thread is that we really don't have a very clear view of the true problems Republic City is facing. It's true that benders have a leg up on everyone else in terms of fitness and ability, but the evidence supporting Amon's "bender holding a brother down" sales pitch is mostly, "lots of people attend his rallies." We've seen unemployed benders and non-benders, and we haven't directly seen the sort of oppression that we viewers assume must be lurking below the surface of the show, so there may very well be a reason the whole city hasn't taken up arms against their leaders. Big early 20th century industrial cities always have these problems with high unemployment, slums, and an overtaxed legal system.
People like Mr. Sato are proof that there's a tiny possibility of success, even for people who can't shoot fireballs from their fists, and I expect the show to come down squarely in the middle of this conflict. My money is on Korra eventually figuring out how deep the corruption runs and demanding a city council elected by the people instead of from representatives of the four nations (and two
from the Water Tribes).