The following is an interview with the iconic, and, unabashedly liberal filmmaker George Lucas with CBS’ Charlie Rose. Lucas, who is of course best known for “Star Wars,” delved into a wide-range of topics, from his anti-Capitalist politics to his latest movie about the Tuskegee Airmen titled, “Red Tails.”
The Indiana Jones creator offered his unsympathetic views on capitalism and “the media,” while Rose pressed the filmmaker to acknowledge that Lucas himself is part of that very media, and that through filmmaking he has the power to deliver to the masses, any political narrative he likes.
Lucas suggested that he holds no such power.
In explaining the origins of his left-wing ideologies, Lucas stated:
“I grew up in the ’60s. I grew up in San Francisco. And so I’m informed in a certain kind of way about, you know, believing in democracy and believing in America. And I’m a very ardent patriot. But I’m also a very ardent believer in democracy, not capitalist democracy. And I do not believe that the rich should be able to buy the government. And that’s just the way I feel.”
“Is that the America you see, where the rich have bought the government?” asked Rose.
Lucas replied, “Oh, come on. It’s been that way for a long time.”
“And it’s just — you know, it’s — it’s not right. And — and it’s not gonna work…”
When asked if he believed things would change, the veteran filmmaker said, “Well, I hope it changes.”
He added, “I mean, it’s hard, because you got human nature. You got people — you know, basically, it’s all — we got a country based on greed. And as long as you got that, then it’s corrupt. And as long as it’s corrupt, you’re never gonna get a real meeting of the minds on what is best for…”
How Lucas reconciles his success against his anti-capitalist viewpoints, when capitalism is arguably the very vehicle by which he was able to attain that success and touch the world with his movies, he did not explain.
(h/t: Fox Nation)
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