May 25, 2007

I'm a Huge Dork

It's the 30th anniversary of the original release of Star Wars, and my AmSpec column today celebrates the libertarian economic agenda of the Rebel Alliance that's revealed in deleted scenes.

Posted by John Tabin at May 25, 2007 12:53 AM

In your column today: "... nationalization was a perfectly respectable policy even in the West. U.S. railroads were nationalized in 1970." Which one? Not even Amtrak had been created by then. All were private except the Alaska RR.

Posted by: BigG at May 25, 2007 12:50 PM

I was a fan of the rebellion for a quarter of a century or so.

Until Revenge of the Sith came out and Obi-Wan revealed the Jedis to be a bunch of moral relativists and therefore Leftists:

Kenobi: "Only a Sith Lord deals in absolutes."

1. That statement is itself an absolute.

2. If there are no absolutes, then the absolute "It is never okay to murder a Padawan" must therefore be untrue, which means that Vader's murder of the Padawans may have been a perfectly legitimate tactic.

I believe in absolutes. My journey to the dark side is complete.

Posted by: John at May 25, 2007 02:59 PM

Nice try maybe...but Star Wars is completely left wing. All you need to understand is that the Empire represents America...or at least America any time there is a Republican president. It's basically a New Age, neo-Marxist fairy tale. It was a sad day when I finally accepted that fact, but it's pretty undeniable. To George Lucas, there is no difference between George W. Bush and Darth Vader, or Richard Nixon and Adolph Hitler. He's as loony as they come. Luckily, there will be no more films, and nobody really likes Star Wars any more anyway, except the hardcore nerds.

Posted by: Al at May 25, 2007 03:59 PM

Oh yeah, I just remembered a choice quote I once heard from Lucas. He said that the defeat of the Empire at the hands of the furry little Ewoks in "Return of the Jedi" was modeled after the "inspirational" (his word) tenacity of the Viet Cong against the superior capabilities of US troops. Kid you not.

Posted by: Al at May 25, 2007 04:03 PM

BigG: See here.

Al: I don't concede to George Lucas the exclusive right to interpret his creation. I won't get too far into the weeds, but suffice it to say that literary critics have been arguing this point for a long, long time.

Posted by: John Tabin at May 25, 2007 07:11 PM

Why don't you take up something a little more worthwhile than writing this mung like watching paint dry on a wall?

Posted by: I Hate George Lucas at May 26, 2007 11:51 PM

Good point. Why can't I spend my time doing something meaningful and consequential, like insulting strangers on the Internet?

Posted by: John Tabin at May 27, 2007 10:22 PM