Okay, here is another short post with a slight political philosophy flavour. Fans of the Game of Thrones television series (and/or novels) may enjoy reading: “Can Marxist Theory Predict the End of Game of Thrones?” (Don’t worry, gentle readers, you don’t need to be a Marxist [I’m not] to enjoy it.)
This part struck me as especially quote-worthy:
Westeros needs capitalists – such as those who frown puritanically at us from Dutch portraits in the 17th century. And they should, as in the Dutch Republic and the English civil war, launch a revolution.‘Secret desires’ indeed! (Am I wrong for wishing that I could be Jaqen H'ghar more than any other character in the series? Ah well, "valar morghulis"…)
But that can’t happen in the secondary world of fantasy fiction…
There is a reason so much fantasy fiction adopts the conceit of a feudalism that is always in crisis but never overthrown. It forms the ideal landscape in which to dramatise the secret desires of people who live under modern capitalism.