Welcome to the Rebellion, Star Wars as a mirror for contemporary politics, with Michael Harris

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Date(s) - Thursday, 2nd July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Five Leaves Bookshop


In the first book to present Star Wars as a mirror for contemporary politics, Michael Harris reveals Star Wars’ new Left roots.  Star War fans will recognise the title reference!

What does it mean that our most popular modern myth is a radical left story about fighting corporate authoritarianism? From its roots in the 1960s new left, Star Wars still speaks to millions of people today. By design, the saga mirrors our own time and politics. A real empire of corporate domination has arisen within weakened and corrupted republics. Now it threatens our existence on a planetary scale.

But, the popularity of Star Wars also suggests that if we tell the right stories, we can Welcome to the Rebellion many more people to fight for a better world…

Michael Harris is an independent writer and researcher with a focus on change, specifically the political, technological, social, cultural, economic, and institutional changes required to meet the challenges of the future. His work has been featured in national media including BBC News, The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, and Prospect magazine, as well as many academic journals. He lives in the Far East.

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