For many years, I resisted watching “The Clone Wars,” a computer-animated “Star Wars” series that premiered on Cartoon Network, Netflix and Disney Plus over its seven-season run. I thought the show, which is about the events between Episode II (Attack of the Clones) and Episode III (Revenge of the Sith), was for kids.

Even those who are mostly unfamiliar with the “Star Wars” movies know it’s a saga about good versus evil that centers on the Skywalker family. What’s less appreciated is that it’s also a series about the decline of democracy to authoritarianism.

The central political power in…

Sean Newhouse

Leslie Knope but sassier. I watch a lot of C-SPAN.

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