I've been thinking about Game of Thrones...
Just once... I’d like to be treated to a popular TV show about a democratic republic with no games and no thrones and nobody is better than anybody because of what family they were born into but because of great achievements in science and technology.
Where the drama does not hang on the brutalizing of rival clans but on the challenges of facing down nature and prevailing over adversity to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number. Where there is freedom and liberty for all.
Where the action is not tailored to incurious teenagers, mind-numbed by video games, but to insatiably curious adults who yearn to learn something about the human condition and who aspire to make the world better and for the species to survive.
But I guess that’s the ultimate fantasy TV show.
Niccolò Machiavelli (1469) It was on this date, May 3, 1469, that Niccolò Machiavelli was born Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli in Florence, in what is now Italy. Florence had been ruled by the powerful Medici family since 1434, and was constantly at war with its neighboring city-states when not fending off outside aggressors. But […]