From the House to Galactic Empire — lawmaker to talk 'Star Wars'

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The Texas Republican is set to participate in a reception called “The Politics of Star Wars.” According to an invite obtained by ITK, the Dec. 8 event in downtown Washington will examine whether the Empire is “actually a force for good? Are the Jedi a dangerous religious cult? Was the Republic doomed to failure?”

Other topics to be explored at the reception, moderated by Benny Johnson of, will be, “Is Han Solo an anarcho-capitalist? What does the series tell us about trade disputes? How would U.S. copyright law apply to lightsabers?”

In addition to Farenthold, who introduced the “Star Wars”-inspired You Own Devices Act, or YODA, last year — Yoda also happens to be the congressman's favorite character, we hear — experts scheduled to appear include the R Street Institute’s Mike Godwin, American Spectator’s Emily Zanotti, and Trevor Burrus of the Cato Institute.

Elizabeth Peace, Farenthold's communications director, tells ITK that the plan for the "Star Wars"-focused panel stemmed from an idea that she and a legislative staff member had come up with. "The panel grew from that original idea, especially with it being so close to the release of the next 'Star Wars,' " says Peace. "The other members of the panel really embraced the idea and quite honestly ran with it in a great direction.”

The next chapter in the science fantasy saga, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” hits theaters on Dec. 17.