No one was more prescient in warning about the need for generous peace than the British economist John Maynard Keynes. He wrote in in "The Economic Consequence of Peace" that trapping people in poverty would destabilize the politics and progress of Europe:. Nothing can then delay for very long that final civil war between the forces of Reaction and the despairing convulsions of Revolution, before which the horrors of the late German war will fade into nothing, and which will destroy, whoever is victor, the civilization and the progress of our generation.
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Both turned into economic powerhouses and pillars of a post-war democratic order in the industrialized world. One question that long surrounded "Game of Thrones" was whether war, political instability, and the destruction of numerous aristocratic families would lead to major political change for the long-suffering Westerosi. No longer will the throne whatever it is made of simply pass to the oldest male heir. After all, newly-crowned Bran can't have children.
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Instead, the remaining lords will pick the new monarchs. It's not exactly democracy. But in the context of the history of Westeros, it's as momentous a change as the Magna Carta. The end of inherited power should be good for the Six Kingdoms' economy. Sorry we could not verify that email address.
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Game of Thrones: Economics of mercy and other final lessons
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Management consultant James Collins studied successful companies and found that the best leaders "were uncharismatic for the most part. In a writeup, Clark Waterfall, founder of the executive search firm BSG Team Ventures, argued that magnetic leaders come with drawbacks. The power of their personalities tends "to suppress individual thinking and leadership development in subordinate teams.
Leaders with charisma can create a culture of 'followers,' rather than young, budding leaders. Ser Bronn of the Blackwater — an assassin and bodyguard always ready to offer his services to the highest bidder — wouldn't seem the obvious choice to oversee the realm's finances. But there he is in the first meeting of the post-Dany Small Council, already taking an outsize interest in financing the reconstruction of the King's Landing's brothels, establishments that he once patronized with considerable frequency and enthusiasm.
Then again, there's precedent for putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. President Franklin D. Dany's decision to torch King's Landing — and her stated intention to spread dragon fire to Dorne, Winterfell, Qarth and points beyond — drove away her closest allies and led a heartbroken Jon Snow to plunge a knife into her chest to save the world from her revolutionary madness. History suggests that the retribution she planned can backfire, while mercy can have an economic and geopolitical payoff. After the end of World War I, the victors demanded reparation payments that forced Germany into economic and political chaos, discredited democratic governments and led to the rise of Adolf Hitler and World War II.
No one was more prescient in warning about the need for generous peace than the British economist John Maynard Keynes. He wrote in in "The Economic Consequence of Peace" that trapping people in poverty would destabilize the politics and progress of Europe:.