As #UK Prime Minister, #Rishi Sunak is arguably the biggest Star Wars fan ever. He has reportedly found inspiration in the movies for both his personal and political goals. Sunak’s political philosophy is heavily influenced by the trade battles in Star Wars, one MP claimed, probably a little exaggeratedly. Star Wars is a great source of individual inspiration. It is a traditional hero’s journey, with a call to adventure for the youthful protagonist who is ultimately forced into grandeur.
It’s more challenging to get political inspiration. We have previously discussed the lessons that the prequel trilogy can teach us about constitutionalism and democracy devolving into tyranny. One hopes that Sunak won’t experience a situation like PM.
As a book of political advice, Star Wars might not have the same authority as The Art of War or Machiavelli’s The Prince. Nevertheless, it is chock-full of intriguing ideas and instances that should serve as a warning to anybody working to advance peace, order, and good governance in this galaxy or any other.
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