What did Ayn Rand think of Star Wars?

Ayn Rand, the Russian-American novelist and philosopher, passed away in 1982, so she did not have the opportunity to share her thoughts on the later films in the Star Wars series.

However, considering the original Star Wars trilogy (Episodes IV, V, and VI) was released between 1977 and 1983, it’s possible she could have seen the first two films, “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back.”

It’s important to note that there are no specific records or statements from Rand about her thoughts on Star Wars. However, we can make some educated guesses based on her philosophy, Objectivism. Objectivism emphasizes individualism, rational self-interest, and laissez-faire capitalism.

The Star Wars series has themes of good versus evil, the hero’s journey, and the importance of personal choice. While some aspects of the story might align with Rand’s beliefs, such as individual agency and heroism, it’s unclear if she would appreciate the overall narrative.

This is especially relevant for the emphasis on mysticism through the Force, the determinism in the finality of people choosing to follow either the “Light” or the “Dark” side of the Force, and the altruistic nature of the Jedi. Also, Rand would have thought that the dichotomy between the Jedi and the Sith would be a false one, as they represent altruism and nihilism, respectively.

In summary, without any specific records or statements, we cannot definitively say what Ayn Rand thought of Star Wars.