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u/shogun333 · 2 pointsr/HouseOfCards

You have to have the right attitude to watch the show. If you're a little child and someone tells you Santa doesn't exist it's depressing. However, there's eventually a satisfaction to growing up.

HoC is just a show but it is (IMO) a more sophisticated type of media than just a Disney movie with cartoonishly obvious good and bad. Hopefully it grows your palette as a consumer of media and if nothing else expands the healthy scepticism you hold towards politicians and authority figures in our society.

My view of politicians is that they are all manipulative little Underwoods, whether they are on your side or the oppositions. Underwoods are always the ones that rise to high office. The reason why the free countries like the US are lucky is that their system does a reasonable job of aligning the interests of the people with those of the selfish, monstrous leaders. I recommend this book if you want to read more. There's no important difference between US leaders and Saddam or Gaddafi. It's the system and society that surrounds them that leads to such different societies.

u/ShaunOTEast · 5 pointsr/HouseOfCards

Well Petrov is pretty much Putin, and this book by Ben Judah is a nice non-fiction narrative about his ascendancy to power.

u/nx_2000 · -3 pointsr/HouseOfCards

Gwen Ifill wrote about a book about how awesome Obama is and then proceeded to moderate a republican presidential debate during the 2008 campaign. Nobody should be under any illusions about her 'integrity.'

u/marymelodic · 3 pointsr/HouseOfCards

Not sure there's a name for this genre or literary motif. Sometimes it's combined with a coming of age story (such as in the book Martin Dressler, or combined with a tragic fall from power like in Macbeth or The Great Gatsby.

u/Skelthy · 3 pointsr/HouseOfCards

House of Cards was based on a series of books by Michael Dobbs, you can find all three here. I've never read them, so they may have spoilers for what happens in the future with the show.

u/riggorous · 0 pointsr/HouseOfCards

The key word in the book you are citing is "credited for"

Unironically, I have quite a good idea about Putin, and I also have a degree in economics. Here is what any economist, or any person reasonably familiar with Russian reality of the past 30 years will tell you: the reason behind rising living standards in Russia is rising oil prices. Everything in Russia, from said living standards to stock prices, is correlated almost exactly with the price per-barrel. What you are doing, and what many laypersons do, in Russia and abroad, is confusing causation with correlation: you think that because some guy is on the throne at the same time as economic conditions are getting better, then that guy must be doing something to help that. In fact, it is impossible, within the realm of reality, to live poorly when oil is a) your country's chief export by an exponential margin, and b) is stable at $85 per barrel. Russia paid off its international debt in, what, 3 years in the 90s. Do you think that is because Yeltsin's voodoo magically restored the beat-down post-Soviet economy and the beat-down post-Soviet people to full production? Or do you think that oil prices have been high and rising, almost without exception, from the 1930s until late 2014? Consider the only time between 1991 and now when the Russian economy was in default - the crisis of 1998. Why? Following the Asian crisis of 1997, demand for crude oil dropped, prices dropped. Fast forward to now - why is the economy in crisis? Because oil prices are $60 pb.

For further reading, I want you to look up Yegor Gaidar's seminal book, [Collapse of an Empire] (; Brookings Institution or AEI published a free excerpt of it some years back, google that, I don't care. This book details the relationship between Russia's export economy and its political stability going back to 1917. It explains in excruciating detail why your view is wrong, though it doesn't tell you why you shouldn't be arrogant when you're talking out of your ass (that's basic etiquette).

Finally, and you can take Stieglitz's position on this, but not a naive one, the people responsible for Russia's economic "miracle" are Yeltsin and Gaidar, who liberalized not only the economy but also the social and political institutions. All Putin has done is a) ride on a favorable balance of payments, b) squander the proceeds from that balance of payments, c) drag Russia 30 years backwards.