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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Star Wars Is Libertarian [Deleted Scene]

Photo by Chris Hack (CC)

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."


  1. I always knew that we were all really Jedi at heart.

    And I see our country in a different timeline now.

    FDR era: The Old Republic
    Obama era: The New Republic

    The question is: who will organize and lead the Rebel Alliance?

    May be Force be with you!

    (Zen joke - lots of Zen practitioners equate meditation and mindful practice as "The Force") :)e

  2. I always knew that we were all really Jedi at heart.
    Now if we could just get that whole lifting things with the force thing down, we’d have it made...

  3. I just want a lightsaber. Or would that qualify as an assault weapon?

  4. Awesome...

    Thanks for posting. I've always wanted to see the full Biggs scene. Now I love it all the more...

  5. Good question, Steve. Of course, if they ask if you have one, all you've got to do is wave your hand and tell them they don't need to know!

  6. This makes a lot of sense, Star Wars was written in the middle of the Cold War after all.

  7. Yeah there's a lot of political commentary in it that I think gets overlooked. The prequel trilogy had even more political messages, and I suspect, some criticism directed at the Bush Administration... could just be me though.

  8. The message is anti-imperialistic. It's similar to the American colonies around the time of the American Revolution.

    However, recently the U.S.A., has tried to assert global dominance, thus George aimed his commentary at Bush/Cheney.

    So, pre-WWII we were identified with our roots (rebels against an empire), and post-WWII we are becoming more like an empire.

  9. Good summation. I'd say that it's even more recent and more stark in contrast than that...

    When Lucas made his first trilogy, you could see it as a commentary on Soviet Communism and Nazi Socialism.

    Then his prequel trilogy, as you point out, was pretty clearly aimed at our own country under the Bush Administration.

    How quickly the world changes!