In collaboration with the comrades at Jacobin, who recently published a piece shattering the widespread misconception that the Star Wars trilogy is a progressive work elucidating the tenets of the Maoist concept of “People’s War”, we at Worker’s Spatula wish to contribute our own critique of Star Wars, a series which unfortunately serves as the primary inspiration for thousands of communist revolutionaries around the world, misleading them in the process.
With the long-awaited third and final instalment of the Star Wars trilogy, we at Worker’s Spatula finally feel confident in assessing George Lucas’s contributions to the proletarian ideology and revolutionary science. We regret to say that despite what may have initially been an earnest effort at promoting communism, his films reveal a mind which is scarcely more revolutionary than George Orwell’s.
Not once in the entire Star Wars trilogy does any character make reference to Marxism-Leninism or dialectical materialism. When Luke’s master, Yoba, dies in the first film, while it is true that the Rebel Alliance hold their fists aloft and praise him as a great revolutionary who has become immortalised in their struggle against fascism, no reference to class is to be found in the Rebels’ ideology.
Much of the trilogy centres around a conflict within “the Force”. The Force is meant to have a “light side” and a “dark side”. Therefore, it is a unity of opposites. Clearly George Lucas is familiar with dialectics, and hopes to foster an understanding of Hegelian thinking among young people. This is an effort to be commended. However, “wise” Jedi figures, supposedly “progressive” within the Star Wars context, understand their relationship to the Force in terms of their own ideas, not material relations. The Jedi preach idealism in its purest: As Obi-Wan Kinobi puts it in the second film: “Fears leads to anger, anger leads to hatred, hatred leads to the dark side.” Where is exploitation in all of this? Where are the class relations? History does not progress by means of ideas, ideas reflect the progress of history! Progressives are therefore judged by their relation to the revolutionary masses, the motive force in history, not bourgeois ideals! Get it together, George Lucas! Are you even a Marxist?!
Remember that scene where Luke blows up the Death Star? Do you remember the part afterwards where Luke mentions that you can’t abolish a thing without abolishing the conditions leading to the arising of the thing? Remember when he talked about the negation of the negation? Neither do we!
All of this metaphysical nonsense could be forgiven if this, the final Star Wars film, the Force Awakens, were at least to contain lengthy sections where workers give speeches about their exploitation and alienation as a result of capitalism. But shockingly, J.J. Abrams neglected to follow any of the suggestions we at Worker’s Spatula sent him in response to the draft script that the studio sent us. Clearly J.J. Abrams lacks class consciousness, and will no longer be invited to Worker’s Spatula’s annual New Year’s party.