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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Star Wars Is Libertarian [Deleted Scene]

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A Deleted Scene With Libertarian Content

Yesterday was Star Wars Day or Awesomely Nerdy Pun Day- May the 4th (be with you... get it?), and in honor thereof, I want to share with you a rare, deleted scene from Star Wars Episode IV, A New Hope: The Anchorhead Sequence (named after a town Luke Skywalker visits to hang out with his friends).

The scene was unfortunately deleted to improve the flow of the movie, but in it is a powerful and explicit critique of big government policies and government nationalization of industry. The value of this scene is to put in more explicit terms the underlying libertarian quality of the Star Wars movies, which pit the revolutionary remnants of a peaceful and free Old Republic against a warmongering, socialist Galactic Empire that has supplanted it.

As you view the scene in the embedded video below, look out for this quote by Biggs Darklighter:

"What good's all your uncle's work if the Empire takes it over? You know they've already started to nationalize commerce in the central systems? It won't be long before your uncle is just a tenant, slaving for the greater glory of the Empire."