Why The Right Should Fear ‘The Hunger Games’
Just got back from seeing The Hunger Games in the theater and I’m almost done with the second book, Catching Fire, at home. Even with the politically watered down version in the theater, this movie (and its inevitable sequels) does not paint the right in a flattering light. Oh sure, it doesn’t actually come out and say liberal or conservative but that’s not fooling anyone. Even if Suzanne Collins, the author, didn’t intend to critique conservatism, she almost had no choice. In a future where a few live in mind-boggling luxury and decadence while the vast majority of the population are virtual slaves, there’s really no choice in assigning political leanings. A ludicrous concentration of wealth, most citizens have no say in their government, no healthcare if you can’t pay for miracle drugs and cures and systemic indifference towards your fellow man. No one in their right mind would look at that and think, “Filthy liberal scum!”
They could easily think, however, “The Paul Ryan Budget.” And it’s made over $300 million domestically, so far, the first non-summer movie ever to do so.
This a hugely popular series of books for teens and pre-teens. The movie is doing phenominally well. These things leave an impression and that impression will be: I want to be like Katniss or Peeta and stand up for myself and others against a cruel and greedy elite. Can you imagine a worse message for the right? Their entire message is a Randian wet dream of “by myself, for myself!” There’s some Libertarian and conservatism in there as well, the main character, Katniss, is very self-reliant and skilled at hunting while the second book has a little “trickle down” economics in it (I kid you not) but it always comes back to fighting against the corrupt elite.
Take your kids to see The Hunger Games or buy them the books, conservatives will hate you for it (even if they don’t know it yet). 😉