Konspiracy Kyle joins us to talk about his new book Intergalactic Totalitarianism. In this book, he chronicles the authoritarian tactics and traits used by Palpatine in to destroy the Republic. These machinations are compared to the methods used by totalitarian leaders and authoritarian psychopaths in our own world. This book walks through the Hegelian dialectic (problem, reaction, solution) as well as a new framework dubbed the StarWarsian dialectic (crisis, consent, and control).
This important book shows how galactic citizens and Earthbound citizens alike can be persuaded to trust the government through lies, deceit and manipulated events. In order to gain enough power to have himself declared emperor, Palpatine must create a series of crises that thrusts the republic into chaos. Then he waits for the reaction; an outcry from the other members of the senate, and offers them a solution. This solution always results in the accension of Palpatine, one rung of the power ladder at a time.
George Lucas once said that he based the rebels alliance off the Viet Cong and the patriots of the American Revolution. This tells us that the prequel movies must have some analog to the present, which would have been the years befoe and after the turn of the 20th century. Konspiracy Kyle has done a fantastic job by taking this one step further to show how the lessons from these films can be applied to the last few years. By looking deep into the past, in a galaxy far away, we just may be able to examine our own situation with more clarity.
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