Thursday, January 6, 2011

Deconstructing the Movies of George Lucas: part 1
[revised 6-28-11]

This is my analysis of Lucas’ most popular films explained in terms of real world, historical and modern day, global and cultural influences. Sure, most people love them as pure entertainment. I do, too. Sure, you can read about his Joseph Campbell mythological stuff, the religious influences, and pulp serial cinematic influences elsewhere, but my analysis will be slightly different. I try to read as much as I can on what Lucas had in mind when making his movies. I've never met him, though I know he's fascinated with history and anthropology, and the more I research those things as well, the more I see these movies in a whole new light than when I was a kid watching them for the first time.

In episode 3, the evil empire is born and Padme says, “So this is how liberty dies … with thunderous applause.” That one genius line pretty much sums up the whole thing.

In a 2002 Time magazine interview, Lucas said, “All democracies turn into dictatorships -- but not by coup. The people give their democracy to a dictator, whether it’s Julius Caesar or Napoleon or Adolf Hitler. Ultimately, the general population goes along with the idea … What kinds of things push people and institutions into this direction? … That’s the issue that I’ve been exploring: How did the Republic turn into the Empire? That’s paralleled with: How did Anakin turn into Darth Vader? How does a good person go bad, and how does a democracy become a dictatorship? It isn’t that the Empire conquered the Republic, it’s that the Empire is the Republic … One day Princess Leia and her friends woke up and said, ‘This isn‘t the Republic anymore, it‘s the Empire. We are the bad guys. Well, we don‘t agree with this. This democracy is a sham, it‘s all wrong.”

Here's an excerpt from a Michael Badnarik's Constitution class on what republics and democracies are, and how they turn to dictatorships.

The Making of Star Wars by J.W. Rinzler has Lucas' early handwritten notes which, from what I can make out, reads, “The Empire is like America ten years from now; after; Nixon-ian gangsters (assassinated?) the emperor and were elected to power in a rigged election; created civil disorder by instigating race riots, aiding rebel groups, and allowing the crime rate to rise to the point where a “total control” police state was welcomed by the people. Then the people were exploited with taxes, utility and transport costs. Gangsters (a cartel?) made up of power companies, transport companies and crime organizations. Other companies had to pay bribes to stay in business. They increased the crime rate by slowing down the system of justice and punishment…We are at a turning point: fascism or revolution.” Lucas saw this in the 60's and 70's. Each of those points is happening in America now. Everything is merging into huge corporations. A revolving door of private and government personnel manufacture societal problems, leading to chaos, creating a republic to welcome a fascist state to bring peace and order. The people welcome it with thunderous applause, time again, throughout history. And the point is that it is "fascism," not necessarily one dictator, that what we should be wary of. If you know history, you can see the signs, explained in this decon. (Here's Naomi Wolf talking about warning signs of fascism in America. 1)

Also, just as Lucas said his idea was to get kids interested in history with the Young Indiana Jones series, I think he has largely done that with Star Wars (a fantasy/sci-fi movie). Children are the future of the nation. We should learn history, or we're doomed to repeat it. I hated history when I was a kid, but can't get enough of it today, because real history is so friggin insane. Hitler, Napoleon, Caesar, the American 20th century was insanely surreal -- you can't make that stuff up. I believe a lot of why most films and video games today lack intelligence and universal and timeless appeal is that they don't know history; it doesn't resonate in humanity. Star Wars does.

Yes, the "A long time ago, far far away..." line is very mythic and fairytale-like, but the key thing here is that it's strangely on a sci-fi film. Before Nazi Germany, before Rome, etc. there are sources that go way back for millennia that tell of the rise and fall of great civilizations -- it’s a timeless tale. I'm talking Hindu's Yugas or The Great Ages. There are ruins of destroyed civilizations that are dated much further back than the mainstream's timeline of humanity. Everything is mathematically cyclical, but not circular, more like spiral. And this is like quantum theory, which is like the Force, but I'll get into that later. History doesn't repeat itself exactly one to one. Because of free will, we do grow and learn from our mistakes IF we learn from the past, gain knowledge, make educated choices. Lucas sets you up to watch a sci-fi film, a genre which most people assume is about the future, but then says, no, this is a cyclical tale played out over and over throughout time.

The architecture of Naboo is clearly influenced by Greco-Roman styles, with it’s domed roofs, arches and columns. The pastoral greenery and city landscaping evoke idealistic romanticism and pre-Raphaelite art. The organic Gungan designs are very Art Nouveau, showing not only a oneness with nature, but a high point in craftsmanship. And what was the response to Art Nouveau? Bauhaus; which is very black and white with minimal geometry. More on that later.

"So it was with the Republic at its height. Like the greatest of trees, able to withstand any external attack, the Republic rotted from within though the danger was not visible from the outside. Aided and abetted by restless, power-hungry individuals within the government, and the massive organs of commerce, the ambitious Senator Palpatine caused himself to be elected President of the Republic." --Star Wars novel. Words to heed.

The Sith were a secret society, so secret that the Jedi in the prequels denied their existence. Even Mace Windu and Yoda didn’t believe they were behind it all until it was too late. Like Lucas said, it's not really by coup; it was mostly by a stealthy political infiltration that the Sith gained power. Sidious manipulates Amidala, the Trade Federation, and the Senate to give him more and more powers, incrementally, eventually becoming Emperor. Sidious creates the whole friggin Star Wars! (BTW, I only know the SW movies, not the Expanded Universe) Throughout history, secret societies have repeatedly attempted this plot, almost with the same MO, just like the MO of a serial killer.

Napoleon was interested in the occult, and had his men in Egypt studying everything there, dissecting the culture, had things translated, had a Book of Fate and Oraculum, said to give him powers and the successes he's had. Many scholars debate if Napoleon was a mason himself, but J.E.S. Tuckett, in Napoleon I and Freemasonry says, "There is incontestable evidence that Napoleon was acquainted with the nature, aims and organization of Freemasonry: that he approved of and made use of it to further his own ends." Most of the leaders of the French Revolution were Freemasons (Jacobins), creating grassroots chaos (like today in Egypt). This economic and political chaos led by certain figures is one of the first signs to watch out for (I'm not saying revolution is bad, but look at who the leaders are and what they stand for). Then, the unstable government called the The Directory does a crap job, with "no confidence," so in comes in a triumvirate of plotting masons, including Napoleon, but in the end it's basically Napoleon giving himself increasingly dictatorial power. Likewise, Palpatine.

Taking a step back, let me clarify again about freemasonry and illuminati (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,), as I have in other posts. Instead of blindly parroting the mainstream knee-jerk act of ignorant ridicule of things without looking it, let me suggest some investigation. Today we know of the mafia, for example, but they were as secret as the illuminati. I'm not saying the mafia aims for global domination, I just bring up the reality of their existence, because it was FBI director J. Edgar Hoover that denied the mafia's existence. Many founding fathers of the US were masons, and spoke out against the illuminati. The illuminati is acknowledged in the history books as the Bavarian illuminati, although many believe it's really older than that, in one form or another. George Washington acknowledged that the illuminati have infiltrated the higher levels of freemasonry, and their actions are certainly evident of it. What they do, and said they would do, in a nutshell, is what Palpatine and the Sith did -- is infiltrate all aspects of society, be outwardly philanthropic, but inwardly power-hungry and willing to do whatever is necessary for the greater good, aiming for global control (they are also called the New World Order, and I have a Lucas quote about that later). The emperors of history always want global domination. This is all similarly described in the prologue to the Star Wars novelization, quoted above. A timeless tale? Or tale resonating because it's fact?

Another example of same MO is obviously Hitler and the Nazis; probably what Star Wars is most often compared to. Nazi leaders were occultists (as seen in the Indiana Jones films), but obviously the dark side of the occult. The History Channel has a documentary called Hitler and the Occult. Hitler and his men were from the Vril and Thule secret societies; a key leader being freemason occultist Rudolf von Sebottendorff. This is the anti-Semitic and aryan race stuff; believing the power in the blood lines, as does the Star Wars' Force runs strong in the bloodlines idea. Other key figures were Madame Helena Blavatsky and Aleister Crowley. The BBC documentary The Nazis, A Warning From History and Antony Sutton explains how Hitler had all sorts of help in his rise to power, such being funded from US banks and corporations for his National Socialist party and meeting places. Weimar Germany was in chaos, economic depression, there was no confidence in senile Chancellor Hindenburg. Sound familiar? He just signed off on anything, and even gave emergency powers to Hitler, and made him chancellor, who got himself incrementally more dictatorial powers. I simplified the details here, but go will into them later.

And this same-old same-old story hits close to home. John Perkins, author of The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals and the Truth about Global Corruption, in 2007 on Democracy Now! said, "... since World War II, we economic hit men have managed to create the world’s first truly global empire, and we’ve done it primarily without the military, unlike other empires in history. We’ve done it through economics very subtly. We work many different ways, but perhaps the most common one is that we will identify a third world country that has resources our corporations covet, such as oil, and then we arrange a huge loan to that country from the World Bank or one of its sister organizations. The money never actually goes to the country. It goes instead to US corporations, who build big infrastructure projects—power grids, industrial parks, harbors, highways—things that benefit a few very rich people but do not reach the poor at all. The poor aren’t connected to the power grids. They don’t have the skills to get jobs in industrial parks. But they and the whole country are left holding this huge debt, and it’s such a big bet that the country can’t possibly repay it. So at some point in time, we economic hit men go back to the country and say, "Look, you know, you owe us a lot of money. You can’t pay your debt, so you’ve got to give us a pound of flesh."

"Well, the Group of Eight are the wealthiest countries in the world, and basically they run the world. And the leader is the United States, and it’s actually the corporations within these companies—countries, excuse me—that run it. It’s not the governments, because, after all, the governments serve at the pleasure of the corporations. In our own country, we know that the next two final presidential candidates, Republican and Democrat alike, are going to each have to raise something like half a billion dollars. And that’s not going to come from me and you. Primarily that’s going to come from the people who own and run our big corporations. They’re totally beholden to the government. So the G8 really is this group of countries that represent the biggest multinational corporations in the world and really serve at their behest."

"And what we’re seeing now in Europe—and we’re seeing it very strongly in Latin America, we’re seeing it in the Middle East—we’re seeing this huge undercurrent of resistance, of protest, against this empire that’s been built out of this. And it’s been such a subtle empire that people haven’t been aware of it, because it wasn’t built by the military. It was built by economic hit men. Most of us aren’t aware of it. Most Americans have no idea that these incredible lifestyles that we all lead are because we’re part of a very vicious empire that literally enslaves people around the world, misuses people. But we’re beginning to understand this. And the Europeans and the Latin Americans are at the forefront of this understanding."

"... this empire that we’ve created really has an emperor, and it’s not the president of this country. The President serves, you know, for a short period of time. But it doesn’t really matter whether we have a Democrat or a Republican in the White House or running Congress; the empire goes on, because it’s really run by what I call the corporatocracy, which is a group of men who run our biggest corporations. This isn’t a conspiracy theory. They don’t need to conspire. They all know what serves their best interest. But they really are the equivalent of the emperor, because they do not serve at the wish of the people, they’re not democratically elected, they don’t serve any limited term. They essentially answer to no one, except their own boards, and most corporate CEOs actually run their boards, rather than the other way around. And they are the power behind this."

[Going on a tangent, it's not all gloom-n-doom if we take control back. Don't support big corporate stuff, like wal-mart, and made-in-china stuff -- buy local. He brings up the point that we, people, have indeed changed they way corporations do things in the past by demanding it and being knowledgeable, and we can do much more.]

Why do the Neimodians have Asian accents? Is Lucas implying the Chinese?
The Trade Federation is obviously under the thumb of the Sith, as they are doing whatever Darth Sidious, AKA Senator Palpatine, commands. We witness the Sith manipulating both sides in the Clone Wars. The Sith can’t do it alone. They slowly over, who knows how many years, influence, infiltrate and manipulate almost every aspect of society; banking, trade, corporations, etc. In The Making of The Empire Strikes Back by J.W. Rinzler, a handwritten note by Lucas reads, "Empire controled by large corp..."

We Americans (and now most of the rest of the world today) are raised to be a consumerist society on purpose (study Edward Bernays, nephew of Freud, and his work with the white house and many marketing companies). We buy things we don't, arguably, need (also explored in THX1138), through marketing that preys on emotions, making us reliant on buying STUFF, especially foreign made goods, and when you're reliant on someone else, you are controlled. In episode 2, there is a meeting with the Separatist Council that Obi-Wan eavesdrops in on that consists of Count Dooku, AKA Lord Tyranus, The Trade Federation, Commerce Guild, Corporate Alliance, Techno Union, and The Banking Clan. Similar closed-door meetings in the real world include the Bilderberg, Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, etc. The top world leaders, top richest families, and top corporations. If you have an annual meeting with the top people, you can decide on policy, agendas and goals. It’s a simple business model hierarchy, like the pyramid; just the top people need to know, and the rest below you will follow.

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise and Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein explains that globalists have learned the tried and true method of how to destroy economies, and have used the tactic again and again all over the world, destroying Africa, South America, and the US. With deregulation and free trade from NAFTA and GATT (listen to Sir James Goldsmith on Charlie Rose 1994), things you buy made overseas can be set with cheaper prices, jobs are outsourced, leaving us here unemployed with no chance of recovery. Enter a government solution, enter a savior -- global currency perhaps?

The documentary The Nazis: A Warning From History: Part 1 Helped Into Power says “In the early 1920’s inflation spiraled out of control.” German survivors said, “ I once paid 4 billion Reichsmark for sausage and bread. It really was a collapse. People said ‘It can’t go on like this.’ Then the debate began about the need for a strong man. And the call for a strong man became louder and louder, because democracy achieved nothing.” "5 major banks folded, now middle class was suffering."

When you shock people with a crisis, real or imagined, they are vulnerable for programming, vulnerable to whatever sneaky policies they want to push. If Queen Amidala’s people are being oppressed, "suffering and dying," she’d vote for no confidence in Chancellor Vallorum to get someone who‘d do something about it, maybe her own Senator P can get a sympathy vote. They think people in desperation want a dictator in times of disorder and civil unrest, because democracy doesn't work, it's too corrupt to work, on purpose. Chancellor Hinderberg was getting old and senile in Weimar Germany, which made Hitler look good, he had all the answers, so he becomes the new Chancellor. If the economy is bad, Hitler could print more money. Sound familiar? Poor, starving people don’t know economics well enough to be against it. Starving people believe anything; they even believed the Nazi propaganda that Jews caused all the problems, the World Jewry were taking over the world and had a world agenda. The German people went along with and participated in the Jew abuse. This is the power of propaganda.

The Emperor plays on Anakin‘s emotional needs. ”Know the power of the dark side. Power to save Padme’.” Manipulation based on emotional needs and wants, instead of reason and thought. Most corporate mainstream media use this tactic (CNN, Fox, MSNBC) rather than address the real issues, what’s really in a bill, or whatever. Emotion is used in all political and social issues; from war on terror, race wars, healthcare, environmentalism, religions, etc. Learn about the tactics of Edward Bernays (nephew of Freud) and Saul Alinsky (Hillary Clinton thesis and Obama’s Lucifer-loving mentor). Hitler said, “All great movements are popular movements. They are the volcanic eruptions of human passions and emotions, stirred into activity by the ruthless Goddess of Distress or by the torch of the spoken word cast into the midst of the people.”

"Having exterminated through treachery and deception the Jedi Knights, guardians of justice in the galaxy, the Imperial governors and bureaucrats prepared to institute a reign of terror among the disheartened worlds of the galaxy." -- Star Wars novel.

About order 66; Obi-Wan says “A young Jedi named Darth Vader who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights…Now the Jedi are all but extinct.” Like a gangster mob eliminates it’s competition and opposition, ala the end of The Godfather. Julius Caesar did this. The Knight’s Templar were hunted on Friday 13th. Mussolini's Black Shirts and Hitler’s Brown Shirts squashed dissent to bully their way to power, and the “Blood Purge” of 1934, AKA Night of the Long Knives took care of opposition. The US does this all the time. Civil courts found the US government guilty in murdering MLKjr, for being anti-war. There were many questionable deaths of scientists opposed to global warming, and whistleblowers exposing government corruption, like Nancy Schaefer, murdered. And, Youtube has examples of Obama/Clinton/Bush/Gore hecklers silenced, bullied around and tased by security, trying to end free speech -- exactly what thugs like the Brown Shirts were hired to do.

"But a small number of systems rebelled at these new outrages. Declaring themselves opposed to the New Order they began the great battle to restore the Old Republic." -- Star Wars novel.