Wednesday, June 20, 2012

An observation on Breaking Bad & Libertarianism

I'm sure that others have noticed this, but here goes anyway: in the third season of BB we're introduced to a character named Gale. He identifies himself as a Libertarian, no question about it. A brief glimpse in a couple episodes of his lab notebook show us that he's a Ron Paul supporter. Gale was a great character, a nice guy who never deserved to die. I won't go into the plot mechanics, but he gets caught in the middle.

What's fascinating is this: Gale's shot in the face with an unregistered gun. Take from that what you will, but that's a pretty direct statement on regulation that's not going in the same direction as Libertarians. Impressive.

Expect a sprawling cultural essay on Breaking Bad in the near future.