Game of Thrones

GOT's final season may have been disappointing, but not on politics

There are a number of remarkable things about Game of Thrones. One is of course how millions of people are, synchronously, watching the series’ ending. This sort of collective TV viewing was once reserved for big sports matches, or perhaps for a few great rock music concerts, like LiveAid. Many people have commented on the last episodes. They are full of plot faults. Still, at least there is no JarJarBinks or young Anakin spoiling the franchise. The last one has...
EconLog By Pierre Lemieux
Recognizing a Tyrant or Tyrant-To-Be
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Societies are made of more than one individual. If a ruler governed only one individual, it would be easy to find whether or not he is a tyrant: just ask his single subject. Does “society” love its ruler? But in any actual country, the fact...

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I'm going to plug 'Black Sails' here because I think the writing there, especially compared to the last few seasons of GoT, is far better, especially as a discourse on power, leadership, and the relationship of man to the state. I'm not exactly sure why that series has been overlooked in libertarian circles, because the entire series, possibly with the exception of the first season, works like a debate between different schools of libertarian political philosophy. probably it's true that the first season is only moderately good, but it rapidly picks up in season 2.

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