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From Dallas to Squid Game

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Daire Dunne of Wellington Management
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Daire Dunne of Wellington Management

Forty years ago, when I was kid growing up on the west coast of Ireland, the most popular TV show globally was Dallas. Set in Texas, it was a glamorous take on the oil industry, extreme wealth and lavish lifestyles. It was very much a traditional capitalist view of success: individual gain, no matter the consequences.

Now, the most popular show in 90 countries is Squid Game, a Korean survival drama that is a social commentary on inequality. The show spotlights the costs of extreme capitalism, and its popularity reflects...

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