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Dec 18, 2015

Yes, we have "Star Wars fever" too.  But don't worry, there's no spoilers here.

On this edition of the Watchdog Podcast, host Eric Boehm sits down with Dylan Pahman, a researcher for the Acton Institute, to discuss morality and capitalism within the Star Wars universe. When Lando decides to betray his friends in The Empire Strikes Back, is he just making a smart business decision? Why does he change his mind and join the rebels?

Lord Acton famously proclaimed that "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely," but every Star Wars fan already knows this after watching Anakin's fall and eventual redemption. George Lucas' space saga has resonated with generations of fans not only because of the cool spaceships and sweet lightsaber duels, Pahman argues, but because the series offers a mythology that gives greater meaning to the actions of the characters on screen. 

In the opening, Boehm and Matt Kittle discuss this week's GOP debate and look ahead to 2016, when the polls and the debates will actually matter.  Also, which Star Wars characters do the candidates seem most like?

Evan Grossman explains how the Pennsylvania budget impasse may force Philadelphia schools to close.

Steve Miller wonders whether Mississippi is wasting the windfall it received after the BP oil spill.

All that, plus our Nanny State of the Week, on this edition of the Watchdog Podcast.

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