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5 Reasons Childish Liberals Love Their Hunger Games So Much

Katniss Everdeen: Hope and Change and naiveté.

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John Boot

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March 16, 2014 - 1:00 pm
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Why does the movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire excite today’s kids so much? Maybe because it plays to their childish views, which in many cases are interwoven with the central thinking of liberalism. Here are five reasons why childish liberals love The Hunger Games.

1) By spoofing yet glamorizing the media, it pretends you can have your cake and eat it too.

The Hunger Games thinks it’s a vicious satire of media-obsessed culture, particularly reality TV shows such as Survivor, which the movies literalize by imagining kids from around the country being brought to the decadent Capitol City to fight each other to the death for the amusement of TV watchers. But that satire has to be lost on the audience, which is attracted to the films for such spectacles as heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) riding a chariot into an arena filled with thousands of screaming fans in an amazing dress that lights on fire for extra wow. Media-saturated kids walk out of the film picturing themselves being treated as superstars for no reason except being randomly selected in a lottery.

What does all this have to do with politics? Liberals who, for instance, keep proposing minimum wage increases or tariffs to keep out foreign competition are forever blasting things that in reality they love and couldn’t live without, like cheap laborers to redo their fancy kitchens or mow their lawns.

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Hunger Games is a fairly classic neutral motif of SF archetypes and stereotypes. That means an analysis of it will tell more about the people analyzing it than the work itself.
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Maybe the Hunger Games series was intended as overtly leftist political manipulation but a skilled conservative/libertarian rhetorician could turn that whole scenario on it's head.

Obama prancing on the golf course? Obama denouncing the rich while hanging out with them exclusively? Obama appearing on dumb daytime talk shows? Obama crafting a cult of personality? Michelle infamously tweeting a photo of her DOGS eating off the WHITE HOUSE CHINA?!

The speeches write themselves. Now if we only had a few Repubelican politicians willing to get out of their MSM-flogged defensive cringe and quit smiling and start swinging.
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Calling Grizzly Mom, wherever you are.
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And doesn't it say all, that the Liberal's favorite show is all about a centrally controlled Dystopia?
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Hunger Games is a fairly classic neutral motif of SF archetypes and stereotypes. That means an analysis of it will tell more about the people analyzing it than the work itself.
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Collins did her work as an author fairly well there. She kept her own politics out of it and made it something the reader could identify with whatever their own, preferred ideology, and the book still do a decent job of relaying the feel of an authoritarian, totalitarian government system, on both ends.
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