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Nikhil Pal Singh
Quick GoT thread: if the Unsullied are the text of slavery/emancipation, and cannon fodder in intra-white wars between the dead and living, the Dothraki -- stand in for all indigenous peoples (now exterminated) as a prelude to civilization.
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Nikhil Pal Singh Apr 29
Replying to @nikhil_palsingh
If slave emancipation is a non-event, (Hartman), indigenous genocide is a structure not an event (Wolfe), so sequence that culminates in the great war for the living stems from first removals/exterminations/treaty violations of the children of the forest by the children of men.
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Nikhil Pal Singh Apr 29
Replying to @nikhil_palsingh
But also, metaphors cut and remix. Thus, I never bought the “wights” as climate change. If anything they are migrant crisis induced by climate change at the end of the anthropocene (age of 🔥) w native genocide recurring as nativist genocide and the return of civilizational war.
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Nikhil Pal Singh Apr 29
Replying to @nikhil_palsingh
If you need convincing on the last point, ask why the war to save humanity/life itself is ultimately less important than the war to dominate the population/production/exchange nexus of Westeros...to come.
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Nikhil Pal Singh Apr 29
Replying to @nikhil_palsingh
Because, to repeat an old saw, it’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.
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Nikhil Pal Singh Apr 29
Replying to @lebron_chris
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Daniel Friedman Apr 29
Replying to @nikhil_palsingh
That's a little bit simplistic. Why are the Dothraki a stand-in for indigenous peoples, but the Wildlings of the North, who vaguely resemble pre-modern European societies like the Celts or the Vikings are not "indigenous"? They didn't come there as colonists.
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Daniel Friedman Apr 29
Replying to @nikhil_palsingh
Also, Daenarys comes to Slaver's Bay as a foreign conqueror. This is a society where nobody is white and its caste system is built around slavery. There is no slavery in Westeros, and Daenarys declares their system immoral and overthrows it.
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Daniel Friedman Apr 29
Replying to @nikhil_palsingh
However, the "smallfolk" of Westeros are oppressed and exploited by the great houses who extract wealth from their labor. While Westeros lacks chattel slavery, the smallfolk, who work land they don't own as serfs and whose daughters are trafficked into prostitution, are not free.
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Daniel Friedman Apr 29
Replying to @nikhil_palsingh
You miss out on a lot of nuance when you try to force this narrative into a preexisting framework of American racial politics.
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zach s-w Apr 30
George R.R. Martin is from New Jersey. The show is written and produced in California. In both of these places and times, American racial politics are hegemonic. I’m a bit gobsmacked by the suggestion that Westeros should only be read against its own logics of difference
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