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May 30, 2005 7:16 pm

Crisis, Leviathan, and the Revenge of the Sith

I saw Star Wars Episode 3 yesterday. Good flick. I came out with one dominant thought: George Lucas meets Robert Higgs.
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Geoffrey Allan Plauche - 6/2/2005

I wouldn't say that. Has science fiction been any more influential? I think, rather, that the problem is the endemic moral relativism, moral expediency, and general lack of education. Most people probably just watch such movies purely for the entertainment value and never pick up on the fundamental messages they are meant to portray. Aside from this, the dominant view I see in my students is either moral relativism (no one can say who is right and who is wrong, etc.) and moral expediency (this morality stuff is nice when it is possible to be moral but sometimes we need to do what is necessary to get the job done). Besides, Star Wars isn't purely fantasy; it is largely sci-fi as well.

Chris Matthew Sciabarra - 5/31/2005

Hey gents, I have posted some reflections on "Star Wars" at Notablog.

David T. Beito - 5/31/2005

This seems to be endemic with fantasy (in contrast to much science fiction). Any "message" is dulled by the total unreality of it all. I think that the same is true, though to a lesser extent, of the Lord of the Rings and its critique of power which was largely lost on audiences.

Sheldon Richman - 5/31/2005

I would guess zippo.

William Marina - 5/31/2005

The original episode came out in the late '70s when the American Empire had suffered a great defeat. In the five episodes since, the Empire has made a spectacular recovery, while the opposition to Empire is weaker than ever before. So? How much influence has Lucas' work really had other than as media entertainment?

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