Death Stars and Taxes: The politics of Star Wars
Sunday, 11 December
We’ve got a Star Wars fan in No.10 – Sunak collects lightsabers – but is there real political meaning to the tale of empires and rebels? Chris Kempshall, historian and author of The History and Politics of Star Wars: Death Stars and Democracy, talks to Andrew Harrison about Star Wars’ roots as a Vietnam allegory; what the Empire can tell us about fascism; why the Republic is a bad advert for democracy; and why Andor is the best political drama on TV right now.
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“Sunak’s story of a multimillionaire who moves sideways isn’t in the Star Wars universe.”
“Sadly for Lucas the audience didn’t get that it’s about the Vietnam War.”
“No one would watch a film about the government leaping to work.”
Written and presented by Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music: Kenny Dickinson. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.
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