A Saturday must-watch: A talk by David Simon


A former Baltimore Sun reporter, Simon created what may be the finest American television series ever to air, HBO’s The Wire. Simon has also emerged as a sharp, perceptive critic of the American political and economic system, and his hour-long talk, “The End of the American Empire and What’s In it for You,” is, in a word, brilliant. Delivered 26 September at the University of North Carolina, the meat of the talk begins with Simon’s declaration that he is a socialist [Go Team!], and then launches into an exploration of what socialism means and how many commonly held beliefs are, in fact, derived from the socialist ideal, followed by a devastating critique of corporations, the war on drugs, and much more.

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