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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Daenerys as Trotsky

Vox.com (as opposed to the Vox that usually gets linked here) has a theory on Daenerys Targaryen "Stormborn": she's the baddie.

Daenerys has, indeed, been guilty of much death and chaos where she has trod. That these atrocities were in service of social justice does not excuse the corpses. I understand the evils of slavery as an institution; but she didn't understand the concept of capital: that when wealth is destroyed this does not help anyone, least of all the poor. Even her leftist demiurge Martin knows that.

Martin's voice of reason here is regent Tyrion Lannister. Tyrion has suggested a compromise. We'll see what comes of that when the dragon returns. But as of this point in Daenerys's arc - book and TV - it's hard to argue against the observation: as the sphere of her empathy widens, the sphere of her cruelty widens as well.

UPDATE 5/26 10:15 PM: Backdating this to the 25th. The Vox essay is from 20-22 May, and this topic is trivial. I have a non-trivial essay tonight that should stand alone.


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