Anyone who has watched it knows that The Wire is the most intelligent TV show ever created. It’s also full of memorable characters, delicious dialogue and brilliant performances. David Simon is, in many ways, the new Noam Chomsky. He tells us the truth about our society in a fearless, no bullshit fashion. He is our moral center.
Writer and ex-crime reporter David Simon, who created HBO TV drama The Wire, speaks to John Mulholland about capitalism, Margaret Thatcher and how anti-drug enforcement has evolved into social control. Simon features heavily in Eugene Jarecki’s documentary The House I Live In, which explores the war on drugs in the US.