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All TV series must die! Ilya Somin joins us today to unravel the medieval epic fantasy; Game of Thrones. 

Aaron Ross Powell
Director and Editor
Trevor Burrus
Research Fellow, Constitutional Studies

Ilya Somin is Professor of Law at George Mason University and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. Somin is a prominent blogger at the Volokh Conspiracy, focussing on issues related to democracy, federalism, and property rights.

Natalie Dowzicky is the Manager of Lib​er​tar​i​an​ism​.org. She studied Leadership and Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies at the Jepson School of Leadership at the University of Richmond. She is also a contributor for Young Voices.

“The Iron Throne” Photo Courtesy of HBO​.com

Now that we all have had time to digest the ending of Game of Thrones, we invited Ilya Somin on to the show to do an in depth analysis of not only the ending, but the show in its’ entirety. We cover the political economy of Westeros, possible reasons for the years of economic stagnation, the role of a revolutionary, and the dangers of absolute power.

Does Game of Thrones accurately depict how an absolute monarchy worked during medieval times? Does political ignorance occur throughout Game of Thrones? How can we explain economic stagnation in Westeros? Should dragons stimulate economic development? Is Dany a Castro‐​style Lenin revolutionary? How is ruling different than conquering? Why didn’t the Game of Thrones characters decide to create a democracy at the end?

Further Reading:

Power and Ideology, written by Douglas Hay

The Lust for Power, written by George H. Smith

Jedi Libertarianism: Lessons on the Nature of Evil from Star Wars, written by Michael F. Cannon