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Episode 20: "GRRM vv JRRT; The Quandary of Aragorn's Tax Policy" Learned Hands: The Official Podcast of the Westerosi Bar Association

In this twentieth episode of Learned Hands, the Official Podcast of the Westerosi Bar Association, Maester Merry & Clint from Laws of Ice and Fire and a cast of several ask: Is GRRM successful in asking meaningful questions about his character’s ‘tax policies’?Our analysis this week includes:Learned Hands invites wonderful and thought provoking amicus curiae briefs from WBA members Ray, Adriana, Pat, Jimi, Lo, Alex, Virginie, and some other guy (Frank).Merry and Clint wrestle with the proper legal standard to apply to the question, aided by Adriana and Ray.Steven Stark beautifully renders GRRM’s tax policy quotation.Pat raises great questions about baby orc genocide!Lo beautifully critiques GRRM’s treatment of Dany’s white saviorism.Alex points out gaping holes in GRRM’s treatment of race and sexuality.Jimi hoists the hosts on their own petardVirginie analyzes the question in the context of TORMUND THUNDERFIST, HUSBAND TO HOSTS, etc etcFrank manages to make an argument without mentioning Stannis EVEN ONCE.Clint talks about tax policy and crenelations!Merry does a sexy Oberyn Martell impression!The court renders an opinion on both the book AND the show.Supplemental reading:Pat's essay on how the Starks are like OrcsClint's essay on Westeros and the Social ContractLo the Lynx's treasure trove of essaysExtensive editing by LittleWolfBird. Bumpers by Jimi Mac. Intro & Outro music courtesy Sid Luscious & The Pants. None of this should be construed as legal advice OBVIOUSLY. Support the show (
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