I was honored and thrilled to get a chance to guest on BLAH with Stefan Sasse to talk about the marvelously fucked up legal system of Westeros. We covered topics ranging from guest right to classism to sexism to the general application of Rule of Law. Stefan asked some really probing and challenging questions, so … Continue reading Guest Appearance on Boiled Leather Audio Hour with Stefan Sasse
Some months ago, I sent the Amen Brothers at the NotACast several litigation threats strongly-worded suggestions to have me on for Tyrion II, ACOK, since it is the chapter with Varys' Riddle and I love it so. Today those ...suggestions bore fruit. It was an honor and a privilege to get a chance to spend … Continue reading Guest Appearance on the NotACast: Tyrion II, A Clash of Kings (AKA The Varys’ Riddle Chapter)
Suppose you live in Westeros and you want to visit your neighbors. Great! But your neighbor also lives in Westeros, and Westerosi folks can get a little stabby. Yet, it's important that you and your neighbor have a peaceful conversation about uhhh crops or the state of the Realm or whatever bullshit without losing an appendage. Luckily for you, Westeros has a plan for that called "Guest Right". This practice of allowing guests safe conduct while under a host’s roof in exchange for a cessation of hostilities, is an entirely contractual relationship. One person gives something to another, and that person gives something right back. Like other contracts, there are certain formalities that must be observed for the contract to be properly binding.
Tyrion Lannister is a bad boy, always finding himself in trouble with the law. As a central figure of both A Song Of Ice And Fire and Game of Thrones, many if not most of the legal conundrums which arise in the main story concern the Imp, Tyrion Lannister. While both of his formal trials to date ended with trial by combat, they also provide the keenest insight we have as to how other trials work in Westeros. In this essay, I will attempt to explain and analyze the non-combat Trials of Tyrion Lannister from a legal perspective AND deduce which criminal procedure rights (if any) exist during trials in Westeros. This will service this blog's overall aim of determining once and for all the very close question of whether the Westerosi legal system overall is good or bad. This question will require a close reading to tease out the many nuances.
Listen to me and the wonderful Ian Thomas Malone put Season 8 of Game of Thrones in context with the rest of the show and the A Song of Ice and Fire series as a whole. We discuss Plato's philosopher kings, theories of statecraft, and popular sovereignty. We also give our Season 8 and Series MVPs, … Continue reading GoT Season 8/Series Review Podcast (+Bonus Episode!)
Late post but check out me, Sam the Player, and Tom Hankins on Ian Thomas Malone's great Estradiol Illusions podcast as we talk about The Bells. I manage to quote Federalist 51 and we discuss one or to minor things that happens in this second-to-last ever episode of Game of Thrones. LISTEN HERE
Introduction/Thesis All the teeth-gnashing over who will “win” the Game of Thrones may be somewhat misguided because we already have a form of the answer. The Spider himself, Lord Varys, told us very early on in the story who will sit on the Iron Throne at the end of both Game of Thrones and … Continue reading The End of Game of Thrones and the Shadow of Varys’ Riddle