Why Darth Vader Is The Archetypal Liberal Fascist

The Federalist | 10/12/2018 | Warren Henry
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Spoilers ahead for the Star Wars franchise, primarily the prequels, so consider yourself warned. This means you, Mary Katherine Ham.

With Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy getting a contract extension and The Mandalorian headed for television, it appears “Star Wars” will be with us on the regular for years to come.

Fandom - Episode - IX - Time - Lesson

As the fandom awaits Episode IX, it is as apt a time as any to consider a valuable political lesson from “Episode II: Attack of the Clones,” one of the worst entries in the franchise. Darth Vader was a liberal fascist.

Consider the scene in Episode II in which Anakin Skywalker accompanies Sen. Padme Amidala on a picnic while serving as her bodyguard on Naboo:

PADME - Politicians

PADME: You really don’t like politicians, do you?

ANAKIN: I like two or three, but I’m not really sure about one of them. [smiling] I don’t think the system works.


PADME: How would you have it work?

ANAKIN: We need a system where the politicians sit down and discuss the problems, agree what’s in the best interests of all the people, and then do it.

PADME - Trouble - People - Fact

PADME: That is exactly what we do. The trouble is that people don’t always agree. In fact, they hardly ever do.

ANAKIN: Then they should be made to.


PADME: By whom? Who’s going to make them?

ANAKIN: I don’t know. Someone.



ANAKIN: Of course not me.

PADME - Someone

PADME: But someone.

ANAKIN: Someone wise.

PADME - Lot - Dictatorship

PADME: That sounds an awful lot like a dictatorship to me.

PADME: You’re making fun of me.

ANAKIN - Senator

ANAKIN: [sarcastically] On no, I’d be much too frightened to tease a senator.

PADME: You’re so bad!

Fact - Dictatorship - Fun - Flashing - Lightsaber

He was, in fact, so bad. It did sound like a dictatorship. He was making fun of her. All of this should have been yet a flashing red lightsaber warning Padme away from Anakin, but the heart wants what it wants.

The key aspect of the exchange, however, is that Anakin begins with the...
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