The Politics of Star Wars Are Anti-Democratic and Elitist
David Brin challenges whether Star Wars promotes anything resembling democracy, given that a chosen few are left to decide what’s right under both the Rebellion and the Empire. He declares that, in the Star Wars universe, “the right to rule is inherited” and that those “elites have an inherent right to arbitrary rule.”
Keith R.A. DeCandido claims that Star Wars is about fighting the elites rather than trying to uphold them, and that the real message preached is “light side, dark side, it doesn’t matter: power corrupts.” He ends his testimony by stating that “George Lucas has shown us that the elites . . . are the ones who lead us to ruin.”
Now it’s your turn—discuss this charge in the comments below by drawing from your own Star Wars expertise and utilizing new evidence from The Force Awakens. And be sure to always be respectful of your fellow Star Wars fans!