If you haven’t seen Netflix’s Squid Game yet—well, what are you waiting for? If anything is a parable for our time, this is it. Too often meteoric cultural phenomena that purport to capture the zeitgeist fail to capture my interest, but this one is different.
If you believe, as I do, that wealth inequality causes more than its share of economic, social, and psychological problems, this is the series for you.
The show follows a number of down-on-their-luck (i.e., heavily in-debt) characters who are convinced to play a series of children’s games for a multimillion-dollar prize. The catch? While the contests are based on kids’ games, they’re extremely dangerous—as in fatal. The first—red light, green light—leaves dozens of the original 456 contestants languishing in pools of their own blood right out of the gate … dead, but no longer in debt.