The Wire - Best Libertarian Propaganda I've Ever Seen
One of the things I love about The Wire is that "The System" is a character. hell, a main character. Hell, in many ways, The System is the antagonist of the entire show! Cops/Drug dealers does not map to Good Guys / Bad Guys. Instead what you have is a bunch of people trying to accomplish their goals and often being prevented by the nature of the world and the web of incentives that governs it. A system that those nominally in charge of (Mayor, police chiefs) are at the mercy of almost as much as everyone else.
I mean, that's the economic worldview! That's the libertarian / public choice worldview. And the amazing thing is that it doesn't seem to spring from economic or libertarian inclinations - only from being based on actual experience as cops (the show's creator spent a year embedded in a police dept and wrote a book about it), and studies of drug dealers. (Apparently the drug gangs are based on that study described in Freakonomics where the econ grad student hung out with drug dealers and learned how it actually works).
Whereas House, say, clearly is motivated by atheists (it is written by atheists), and can be dismissed as having an axe to grind, and Atlas Shrugged is the product of moral intuition, not data, The Wire comes to a worldview that is very nonintuitive to most people and that is increasingly at the center of my political beliefs, purely based on data and experience.
In many ways it's not that fun a TV show because it isn't a happy world where people are faced with concrete challenges and opponents that they can overcome. It's not about people getting things done - because that isn't how government works. It isn't about the world getting better - because that isn't what government does. It's a portrait of real people in a mostly dysfunctional system. I'm amazed that it has gone on for 5 seasons and got lots of viewership, even though it is complex and nuanced and very non-feel-good.
It's the best libertarian propaganda I've ever seen.