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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Arn & The Dowry, Part 2


We finished watching Arn: The Knight Templar mini-series on Netflix last night, and I had another glorious economic insight. The whole deal about weddings and keeping women as chattel instead of giving them equal rights is all because women get pregnant and men don't. This might seem facile, obvious or sexist, but it's actually basic economics. Both men and women have strong sexual drives. For men there are no economic consequences of having sex unless they are legally bound by the chains of law. Women are very likely to be saddled with a child, a wonderful thing, unless you are on your own. Then it can be a bit of a struggle. Problem is people get swept away on a tide of emotion, think love will conquer all, but the world is a hard place, full of hard people, people who are more interested in their comfort than they are in your survival.

P.S. I kept seeing bits and pieces I remembered, but it wasn't until we got to the big battle at the end that I was sure I had seen this before. The movie portrays it as the Swedish version of Agincourt (ah-jin-koor), i.e. Swedish archers devastated the invading Danish army.
    The series also covers the battle at The Horns of Hattin in 1187 where Saladin crushed the Crusaders.

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