Plus: Democratic candidates still in shock about Daenerys Targaryen
Game of Thrones
Ads for sandwiches, toilet paper, condoms, and more riffing off Game of Thrones show how market culture is a glorious "perpetual meaning machine."
"The Iron Throne" is exciting for 40 minutes, and then a huge letdown.
A pre-finale podcast about the HBO series that taught America to love death and dragons.
Breaker of chains, mother of dragons, and queen of the ashes
"Game of Thrones" highlights the dangers of pinning our hopes on supposedly admirable political leaders wielding vast, concentrated power. Sadly, modern Americans are almost as susceptible to that error as the misguided characters on the show.
"The Last of the Starks" suggests that "the best ruler might be someone who doesn't want to rule."
Being a presidential candidate means never having to say sorry for heavy-handed proposals to limit choice and promise free stuff.
This is a show about politics, and the big bad isn't the Night King. It's Cersei Lannister.
Like Warren, I'm a fan of the Dragon Queen. But Warren overstates the character's virtues and minimizes her flaws - sometimes in ways that reveal shortcomings of Warren's own worldview.
Reason editors discuss Russia, Biden, Moulton (?), and that television show with the dragons.
Elizabeth Warren Wants You To Know She Totally Loves Game of Thrones. Especially Daenerys. Yay, Women!
How do you do my fellow kids?
In a special episode of the Reason Podcast, we drink and we know things.
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?