Star Wars on Trial: Charge #1

By October 16th, 2015
Charge One Test

The Politics of Star Wars Are Anti-Democratic and Elitist

For the Prosecution: David Brin
For the Defense: Keith R. A. DeCandido

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!

What is your judgment on Charge #1?

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  1. Ben

    Since the core physics of SW are completely unrealistic, we must examine the political constraints set on by the SW Galaxy. First of all there is no relativity (clocks all move the same speed), instantaneous communication is available regardeless of distance, and near instant travel is available within an intergalactic context. However, for an unexamined reason, mobility is considerably reduced – possibly by economics. So we have something like a continental United States, with over 10,000 states each of them having the resources and population of an entire planet to hand. State borders are crossed, but most state residents stay where they are. There are many species of citizen – though they are all so strongly anthropomorphised so that they may as well be considered human. Given this particularly weird premise some sort of representational democracy as depicted by the Star Wars films seems feasible, if one allows for political party affiliations – something that tended to sidestepped in SW. TL;DR The charge is dismissed – there is no possible jurisdiction for arguing the case either way.


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