Are politics getting worse in America than they are on 'Game of Thrones'? | The Tylt

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U.S. politics seem to get crazier and more dangerous every week. People joke that we're becoming Westeros, the setting of the famously brutal medieval drama "Game Of Thrones," where ruling families jockey for control (Clintons versus Trumps!) and filial connections grant you power (i.e., Jared Kushner, son-in-law and Secretary of Everything). Julia Shaw says "Americans ought to watch ‘Game of Thrones’ with keen attention to how regimes decline." Is America devolving into Westeros? ⚔️ 🛡️ ⚔️

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The Red Wedding was one of the darkest, most shocking and tragic twists in television history—as Buzzfeed said, "It destroyed us all... and we may never recover." No one was prepared for it. People were sobbing and hysterical. It made no sense. And podcast host Roderick Morrow says November 9, 2016 was a Red Wedding for people on the left.

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Yes, American politics have gone off the rails a bit lately, but let's have some perspective. The losers in our elections are not publicly beheaded at the behest of psycho teenage sovereigns (at least not yet). 🇺🇸

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Mashable made a series of Westeros political ads that are pure gold 👑

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Hellbent Podcast host Sarah Lerner thinks President Trump has some disturbing Joffrey Baratheon tendencies—and she's not alone in calling Trump our new Boy King. The Revelist published a piece entitled "Nine Ways Donald Trump and Joffrey Baratheon Are Basically The Same Person." Can you imagine sadistic Joffrey with the nuclear codes? 😱

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At the Boston Globe, Farah Stockman argues the show is so popular because "the complex, brutal, unforgiving world of Westeros looks an awful lot like our own."

How could a show so dark and cynical become one of the most popular in America?....Most of the leaders in “Game of Thrones’’ are fighting for power, not the common good. They care more about winning than governing. Sound familiar?
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But let's not get overdramatic. America has way more rule of law than Westeros does. Washington might be corrupt, but it's got nothing on King's Landing.

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For the most part, you can survive in America without being able to kill someone with your bare hands. Not so in Westeros!

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But for many people, House Trump is getting a little too Westerosi for comfort. President Trump doesn't go boar-hunting but he sure does golf a lot. His daughter Ivanka has a West Wing office and meets with major world leaders, and her 36-year-old husband Jared has been put in charge of everything from peace in the Middle East to solving the opioid epidemic. Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus battle daily to be the King's Hand. It's a very Lannister-esque scene.

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All joking aside, Julia Snow argues that the disturbing decline of American political norms is actually reflected in "Game of Thrones," and that "while we don’t live there, we should recognize that we very well could."

The Red Wedding transgressed civilized norms of hospitality. Walder Frey welcomed the Starks into his home as allies and guests only to execute them (let’s not forget Frey’s own indifference to the murder of his young wife). Members of the Night’s Watch violated their oath by murdering Jon Snow, their brother and Lord Commander. No oath, no custom, and no family bond is sacred in a decaying political order.
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But come on now, everything is horrible in Westeros. Even Foreign Affairs magazine conceded that "life in Westeros is poor, nasty, brutish and short." And Robert Repino points out that while America has its problems, we are not living in medieval times

Why is Westeros so hopelessly fucked up in the first place? Westeros (and its neighboring countries and islands) remains permanently stuck in a simulacrum of medieval Eurasia. Most of its residents survive within an agrarian economy, with simple farmers segregated from the elites by their poverty, illiteracy, and a total lack of any say in how their government operates.
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Addiction, disease, poverty, the threat of war—these are all very real problems in America. But it's not like there's a horde of ice zombies descending upon us from Canada! 😱

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Oh God. George R.R. Martin concedes the White Walkers and the reigning families' denial of their existence is an analog for climate change. We are totally screwed ❄️⚔️💀⚔️❄️

FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Are politics getting worse in America than they are on 'Game of Thrones'?
A festive crown for the winner
#WeAreWesterosNow
#WesterosWayWorse