Peter Thiel Thinks ‘Star Trek’ Is ‘Communist’ While ‘Star Wars’ Is ‘Capitalist’


Peter Thiel Thinks ‘Star Trek’ Is ‘Communist’ While ‘Star Wars’ Is ‘Capitalist’
  1. Peter Thiel Thinks ‘Star Trek’ Is ‘Communist’ While ‘Star Wars’ Is ‘Capitalist’
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    In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd on Wednesday, billionaire tech giant Peter Thiel defended his support of President-Elect Donald Trump and offered some characteristically esoteric opinions on everything from Meryl Streep to “Star Wars.” To a question noting that “President Obama had eight years without any ethical shadiness,” Thiel replied, “But there’s a point where no corruption can be a bad thing. It can mean…
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In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd on Wednesday, billionaire tech giant Peter Thiel defended his support of President-Elect Donald Trump and offered some characteristically esoteric opinions on everything from Meryl Streep to “Star Wars.”

To a question noting that “President Obama had eight years without any ethical shadiness,” Thiel replied, “But there’s a point where no corruption can be a bad thing. It can mean that things are too boring.”

And in a rapid-fire sidebar, he also agreed with the president-elect that Meryl Streep is “probably very overrated, especially by all the people who are vociferously saying that she’s overrated.”

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And he stated a clear preference for “Star Wars” over “Star Trek” in a way that generated much comment on social media.

“I’m a capitalist. ‘Star Wars’ is the capitalist show. ‘Star Trek’ is the communist one,” he told Dowd.

“There is no money in ‘Star Trek’ because you just have the transporter machine that can make anything you need,” he added. “The whole plot of ‘Star’Wars” starts with Han Solo having this debt that he owes and so the plot in ‘Star Wars’ is driven by money.”

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The rationale for Thiel’s preference for “Star Wars” sparked an immediate online response, particularly from those who concluded that Jabba the Hutt — the guy to whom Han owed that debt — would emerge in his thinking as one of the franchise’s heroes.

All 8 'Star Wars' Movies Ranked Worst to Best: From 'New Hope' to 'Rogue One' (Photos)

  • Rogue One

    How does "Rogue One" compare with the other seven "Star Wars" movies? Here are all of them, ranked from worst to best.

     

     

  • 8. "Episode I: The Phantom Menace"
    We waited 16 years for George Lucas to return to this universe, and what did we get? Trade routes and political intrigue, blood tests for the Force, and perhaps worst of all, Jar Jar Binks. "Menace" isn't terrible because it's a kids' movie; it's terrible because it's a terrible kids' movie.

     

  • Highlight:
    The light-saber battle between Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Darth Maul (Ray Park) - they're the two most interesting characters the movie has to offer, so naturally both get killed off before the closing credits roll.

    Worst Part: Any utterance of the word "Yippee!" whether by Jar Jar or by pre-pubescent Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd).

     

  • 7. "Episode II: Attack of the Clones"
    A slight improvement over its predecessor, in the same way that a stubbed toe hurts less than a migraine. This installment introduces a hockey-haired Hayden Christensen as a petulant Anakin, smitten with Senator Amidala (Natalie Portman), despite her noting, "To me, you'll always be that little boy on Tatooine" upon their reunion. Also, there are clones.

     

  • Highlight:
    The fight between Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Jango Fett (Temuera Morrison), which feels like a genuine clash of equals. Close second: Yoda's lightsaber battle with Count Dooku (Christopher Lee).
    Worst Part: Anakin woos his lady in a CG meadow that looks like the set of a toilet paper commercial. (No one can forget the immortal line, "I don't like sand.")

  • 6. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
    Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and a rag-tag group of rebels set out to steal the plans for the Death Star to prove that Jyn's father Galen (Mads Mikkselsen) did indeed booby-trap that thermal port so that one day Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) can blow up the whole mama-jama. This first non-"Episode" movie in the series is less a film and more of a collection of Easter eggs for hardcore fans to find and enjoy.

  • Highlight: The climactic battle sequence, spotlighting the extraordinary combat skills of [SPOILER REDACTED], whose proficiency with The Force makes up for [SPOILER REDACTED].
    Worst Part: The fact that the film prioritizes plot details over character -- especially since the existence of "Episode IV" assures that we already know how this one ends.

     

  • 5. "Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" 
    Han Solo (Harrison Ford) is unfrozen from carbonite, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is briefly enslaved by Jabba the Hutt (and forced to wear the infamous metal bikini), and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) resists the temptations of the Dark Side and brings his dad, Darth Vader, around to defeat the sinister Emperor Palpatine. If only so much time weren't spent with those cutesy Ewoks, whose annoying presence presages the juvenile tone of the prequels.

     

  • Highlight: The speeder chase through the forests of Endor, one of the most breathtakingly exciting sequences in the entire saga.
    Worst Part: The Empire seems a little less threatening when they have such a hard time standing up to a bunch of teddy bears with ropes and pulleys.

  • 4. "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith"
    Anakin completes his journey toward becoming Darth Vader as the Empire succeeds in its hostile takeover of the Republic. Christensen remains as pouty as ever, but there are moments in "Sith" that support the notion that if Lucas had made just this one prequel rather than three, we wouldn't think so poorly of his return to this galaxy far, far away.

     

  • Highlight: Anakin faces off with Obi-Wan for a final confrontation that leaves the younger man beaten and dismembered. Also, the "unmasking" of Chancellor Palpatine as "The Phantom Menace" by a phalanx of Jedi (including Samuel L. Jackson's Mace Windu) who are made short work of by the evil Sith Lord.
    Worst Part: A reconstructed Anakin bellows, "Nooooooooo!!!!!" when he awakens in his Darth Vader armor, in a ham-fisted homage to/ripoff of Boris Karloff in James Whale's "Frankenstein."

  • 3. "Episode VII: The Force Awakens"
    The first of the post-Lucas adventures sees director and co-writer J.J. Abrams connecting some familiar faces from the previous films to a new set of fascinating characters, both good and evil. The film bears more than a few structural resem…

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