Harvard Kennedy School Prof. Christopher Robichaud interviews me on this topic for his "This Week in Dystopia" podcast series.
Game of Thrones
In a special episode of the Reason Podcast, we drink and we know things.Listen
The imminent start of the final season of Game of Thrones is a good time to consider the series' political message, and reprise some of my work on that subject. Plus, a discussion of the political economy portrayed in George R.R. Martin's recently published prequel to the series.
"What Happened" invites readers to make an unflattering comparison with the mad queen of Westeros.
The seventh season finale finds its characters struggling to project legitimacy.
'The Dragon and the Wolf' positions the eldest Stark daughter to eventually sit the Iron Throne.
The Night Of, Ballers, Vice Principals, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver are products of the best arts patron of all: the free market.
Westeros doesn't lack heroes, it lacks competent governance.
'Why are we letting morons like Jon Snow run our country into the ground? It's pathetic.'
Endless misery leads to low-stakes storytelling.
And now his watch is ended.
But unlike Sen. McCaskill, I'll still be watching
Wikimedia joins with the ACLU to sue the pants off the feds for violating the privacy and free speech rights of encyclopedia users and editors.
The conquest of Mereen invites obvious comparisons to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Was anyone avenged or redeemed amid the senseless violence? Was there any justice?