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Jack Graham

Jack Graham wrote about Doctor Who and Marxism, often at the same time. These days he co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper.Support Jack on Patreon.

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  1. Froborr
    January 19, 2018 @ 3:45 pm

    Oh, bravo. A fantastic piece, and I can’t wait for the next part!

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  2. phuzz
    January 22, 2018 @ 10:52 am

    “its implied valence”
    Given that I don’t think you’re talking about atoms or briefcases what does ‘valance’ mean in this context?

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    • Jack Graham
      January 22, 2018 @ 11:27 am

      Firstly, I didn’t use the word “valance”, I used the word “valence”. Pretty obviously, I’m using it in the linguistic sense – admittedly loosely, but there are many precedents for this way of using it.

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      • phuzz
        January 23, 2018 @ 9:36 am

        I should probably work on my spelling, valence is how the chemistry word is spelt too.
        So on looking it up, basically the opposite of ambivalence, is that right?
        Genuine question, I’m not a literary type.

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  3. Przemek
    January 23, 2018 @ 11:51 am

    I don’t think the Canto Bight scenes are implying that the rich are bad because they dress nicely and drink at the casino. The rich are bad because they gained their wealth through exploitation. Rose openly invites us to look at the tortured animals and oppressed stable boys (and girls) that form the underbelly of this casino paradise world. Sure, that’s not really a scathing critique of capitalism per se but it’s still way more than SW gave us before in that regard.

    What’s more, the rich are bad because they got rich selling weapons. An easy target for sure but it directly connects the accumulation of wealth with warmongering. The First Order is able to rise in part because the rich wanted to get richer. Even the DJ scene later on which seemingly undercuts the message by saying that the Rebellion buys weapons too is ultimately subverted when DJ turns out to be a traitor.

    All of that is, as you said, reading against the grain of the text (and therefore of little impact), but I just wanted to point out that it’s there.

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