June 14, 2017

EXCEPT THAT CUCKOO'S NEST IS THE SAME STORY...:

The Conservatism Behind Star Wars (Craig Shirley and Scott Mauer, 6/11/17,  The Washington Post)

By 1977, the Soviet Union was agitated, and it appeared, by most measures, that they were winning the Cold War. Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev took a strong tone against the West and against capitalism, especially in keeping their hold on occupied Eastern Europe. "We will bury you," Khrushchev had proclaimed in 1956. Two decades later, many feared that he was right.

All these issues put a damper on the American spirit, and this could be seen no more clearly than in movies at the time, such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1975, or Taxi Driver in 1976. A sense of doom was always around the corner and always prevalent. Even the fun Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was a celebration of crooks.

And then along came Star Wars. It was a story of a young group of independent rebels fighting against an oppressive, collectivist empire for the freedom of the galaxy. The former government was even known as "the Old Republic." The Force is a hint of Judeo-Christianity as a unifying agent for goodness, and A New Hope screams conservative optimism. The militarized Galactic Empire was ruled with an iron fist by a Politburo and an emperor. Its main tactics for unity and stability were enslavement, fear, death and destruction, especially with its new planet-killing weapon. Its uniforms of masked, bright-white armor destroyed any sense of identity; a soldier was simply a number. On the other hand, the Rebels, a loose collection of ragtag freedom fighters, staged an all-out attack on the Empire to erase it from the galaxy. They were a small, motivated force who learned they could defeat a large, unmotivated force. It was George Washington against the British Empire.

..just more coherent and Christian.

http://brothersjudd.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/reviews.detail/book_id/183/One%20Flew%20Ove.htm

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