[Surfside] The Case for the Empire (or How I learned to love the Death Star)

Roman Zimmermann roman@waldenweb.com
Sat, 18 May 2002 16:14:01 -0500


The Case for the Empire
Everything you think you know about Star Wars is wrong.
by Jonathan V. Last
05/16/2002 12:00:00 AM

STAR WARS RETURNS today with its fifth installment, "Attack of the 
Clones." There will be talk of the Force and the Dark Side and the epic 
morality of George Lucas's series. But the truth is that from the 
beginning, Lucas confused the good guys with the bad. The deep lesson of 
Star Wars is that the Empire is good.

It's a difficult leap to make--embracing Darth Vader and the Emperor 
over the plucky and attractive Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia--but a 
careful examination of the facts, sorted apart from Lucas's 
off-the-shelf moral cues, makes a quite convincing case.