Skip to comments.The Hunger Games: A Glimpse into the Progressive Left’s Endgame
Posted on 03/26/2012 2:33:47 PM PDT by No One Special
Progressivism is dangerous. Those progressives who deny this are either too ignorant to see it, too brainwashed to admit it or, occasionally, complicit in the danger. The Hunger Games offers us a peek at a universe which would only be possible under radical progressivism.
For anyone blissfully unaware of this particular cultural phenomenon,Â The Hunger Games is a young adult novel (the first book in a trilogy) set in a post-apocalyptic world where North America is ruled by a single totalitarian government. This successor to the United States, called “Panem”, is comprised of essentially one wealthy, advanced Capitol metropolis ruling over twelve poorer districts. Every year, 12 boys and 12 girls (one of each from each district) are selected to participate in a televised, to-the-death mega-event known as “The Hunger Games”. One victor emerges and is lavished in fame and riches.
If anyone is still planning to see the movie, I will avoid revealing any spoilers or discussing the plot of this story. Instead I will focus on the political world.
To be fair, I have not actually read the full trilogy. However, it is my understanding that the author does not get in to specific details about the post-apocalyptic event. She apparently does touch on some environmental issues, and based on some of the comments she has made, it would not surprise me if the author was herself a partial believer in the progressive movement. If so, what a delicious twist of irony that a progressive would inadvertently write a story exposing one possible endgame of progressivism.
In any case, it does not matter what the author intended us to believe. An examination of the evidence of the story gives us all we need to know. If, for example, the author tried to claim that The Hunger Games was the result of radical libertarianism then she would contradict herself.
Without further ado, let us take a look at the hallmarks of progressivism which appear in this movie.
Progressive Hallmark: Big, Totalitarian Government
The government of Panem is large and totalitarian. It controls all the means of production and all the distribution of food and other resources. Although not explicitly stated in the movie, it is implied that the government controls the entire economy.
Progressivism is rooted in collectivism, and the unavoidable endgame of any collectivist ideology is communism, and finally, totalitarian communism. Collectivism creates a downward spiral of diminishing returns, which requires further control, which spawns ever-further diminished returns and even more control. The spiral is documented in Shakedown Socialism. The ultimate end result is a government so large that is has no choice but to be totalitarian.
Progressive Hallmark: The Illusion of Democracy
Panem has a “President”, but it is clear that there is no democracy. The movie does not touch on the electoral process, but the President is an all-powerful figure who seems to have captured the unquestioning adoration of the citizens of the Capitol.
Progressives will rarely openly admit to the desire to destroy democracy, but I have personally experienced a progressive telling me that President Obama should go around Congress and “just do what needs to be done”. We’re already familiar with Obama’s huge collection of czars, a quick Google search for “Obama circumvent congress” will produce a litany of examples, and Obama’s own team announced that executive orders (“two or three a week”) will play a big role in Obama’s reelection campaign.
The world of Panem exemplifies the mentality that “the ends justify the means,” which also just happens to be the core of the progressive strategy for political change.
Progressive Hallmark: The Use of Implied Threats
The President of Panem comments that a particular person should “be careful”. The threat is thinly veiled and the message is clear: “Do what I say, or bad things will happen.”
What was it Obama said to the bankers? “My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.” The President used the power of his office to issue a thinly veiled threat that those bankers – private citizens in charge of sovereign corporate entities – should be careful or else. And worst of all, this made him a hero among progressives who are apparently too ignorant to recognize such a statement for what it is.
Progressive Hallmark: Ownership of Weapons is Forbidden
This is not explicitly stated but it is implied. None of the district citizens are ever shown having anything weapon-like, not even crude implements.Â Basic weapons used for hunting have to be kept hidden in the woods, away from the eyes of the of the Capitol.
Needless to say, a Panem-style government could never come about so long as gun ownership was as prevalent among private citizens as it is today. Do you see many conservatives advocating for abolition of gun rights? Of course not, but it’s a favorite topic of the progressives.
Progressive Hallmark: A Ruling Class
In Panem, not all citizens are poor and downtrodden. There is a ruling class – it would seem a fairly large ruling class – which resides in the metropolis of The Capitol. These people are depicted as wealthy, extravagant, and completely out of touch with reality. It is a world of pomp, circumstance, and political connectivity. People can fall out of favor quickly and suffer the consequences.
Progressives do not espouse the idea of a ruling class – in fact, they usually claim they are against such a concept. But this simply illustrates the ignorance of progressives to the reality of collectivism in general. Every collectivist society has a ruling class. Look at the former Soviet Union. Look at Communist China. Look at Nazi Germany (the Nazi party were socialists). Even something as seemingly innocuous and beneficial (to a progressive) as a trade union can give rise to an oligarchy of powerful union leaders at the expense of the general membership. From Sweden to Greece to right here in the U.S., history overflows with such examples.
Progressive Hallmark: Debauchery for the Few, Starvation for the Many
Residents of The Capitol enjoy access to fine foods, spirits, and a plethora of highly modern technology. Debauchery abounds. They live in excess, and as willing participants in the ultimate reality game show.
Progressives would argue that their ideology does not promote this. I will concede that it does not *promote* it… but it does *create* it. One should ask a simple question: if collectivism worked, why is there so much death and starvation under collectivist rule? Millions upon millions have died from starvation under socialism and communism, even while perfectly good food rotted away in government storage. Does anyone think the government officials were also starving to death along with the population? Of course not… the ruling class, their family, their friends, and their chosen accomplices were all living in the lap of debauchery while others died.
Progressive Hallmark: Collusion with / Control of the Media
It is not made clear in the movie whether or not the media is autonomous, but it’s clear that at the very least, they collude with the government.
Meanwhile, back here in reality, the collusion between the majority of the regular media and their chosen candidates is fairly obvious. It’s especially obvious on the left, and the speed with which the main-stream media collectively abandoned Hillary to support Obama only solidifies my belief that collusion already exists.
Unfortunately, collusion is not enough for the progressive left. Even now, progressives march ever-onward towards limiting conservative speech. They’ve been doing it for years by trying to control the language, and create ridiculous levels of political correctness. Even Democrat Juan Williams admits this in his book Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate. They want Limbaugh off the air. They want Fox News shut down. And these ignorant fools actually justify the involvement of government in shutting down media with which they disagree.
And let’s not forget, Obama wants an Internet kill switch… there’s no bigger government/media power grab than that!
Progressive Hallmark: Abolition of Individual Liberty
In Panem, individual liberty is nonexistent. Minors can be taken from their homes and forced to participate in a competition to the death. Even in The Capitol, people who fall out of favor fear for their lives or livelihoods. It would seem that personal property is an illusion at best.
By its very nature, collectivism destroys the concept of personal property and individual liberty. Woodrow Wilson once dismissed the inalienable right to individual liberty as nonsense. Oliver Wendell Holmes opined that liberty should not be construed “to prevent the natural outcome of a dominant opinion.”
Today, progressives carry on the assault by regularly advocating for the dissolution of contracts, seizure of private property, and excessive taxation of the wealthy… all in the name of “the greater good”.
Progressive Hallmark: Rejoicing in the Death of Other People
In The Capitol, the annual Hunger Games is a major television event and the ultimate reality show. Everybody watches. People cheer for the death of the unfavored and and survival of the favored.
If anyone questions that mankind could ever, in reality, actually enjoy such barbarism they have only to look to history. The Hunger Games event is really just a modern interpretation of the gladiatorial games which existed for around 700 years.
OK, but could we ever return to that sort of barbarism? One has only to look at the recent, untimely death of Andrew Breitbart for the answer. The Internet exploded with progressives rejoicing in Breitbart’s death. OK, that’s just one example, right?
I found these examples in just a few minutes on Google. I realize that progressives do not own the market on death threats, and some have been threatened with death themselves. But the prevalence of open rejoicing about the death of Breitbart is a new low and solid evidence of the decline in civility being perpetuated by the progressive movement.
Sadly, I know personally know progressives who honestly rejoice in the death, not just of conservative figures, but of regular folks who just happen to be wealthy. “Good”, they say, “they deserved it”. This may not be reflective of the ideology of the original progressive movement, but it seems to be the mentality of the newest generation of people who self-identify as progressive “soldiers”.
When otherwise regular people can find joy in the death of a fellow citizen simply because of a difference in political ideologies, how far are we, really, from a real-life Hunger Games?
Progressivism and the ruling class in action:
1. The general population faces a sparse holiday because of high unemployment and high underemployment and home forclosures.
The first family enjoys a million dollar vacation in Hawaii at taxpayer expenense, the aforementioned general population.
2. Historically high unemployment throughout the nation and declining personall income.
Employment in the Capitol (D.C.) is booming and income increasing.
3. Families faced with $4.00/gal gasoline
The first family flying luxury jets all over the country and the world at taxpayer expense. In fact often flying multiple jets so Mommy and the kids can leave in the morning and not have to wait for Daddy in the afternoon.
Conservatives have to be ready for a civil war to protect our way of life. The civil war has already started as a cold civil war. If the progressives do not willingly step back from their aggressiveness, it’s only a matter of time until people start killing one another and the hot war will be on.
Who knows? Maybe Breitbart was the first step in that direction. The hysteria over Trayvon certainly indicates the Left wants to keep pushing us toward a race war, for starters.
Obama seems intent on pushing us toward civil war in order to be re-elected. My advice: Load up on armaments and ammunition. Have alternative places to live away from the big cities. Develop methods of communication with like-minded people. I don’t think anyone has really begun to prepare for what may be coming our way.
Look at the assault on the Catholic Church. You would think we were about to enter another Hundred Years War between Christians and the radical left and their minions.
Given the ax Mr. James seeks to grind, I don't see what The Hunger Games has to do with it. Especially after he admits, "To be fair, I have not actually read the full trilogy."
It's a story about a dystopian future. The author does not dwell on how the environment came about. She hints the US has been subjected to a cataclysmic event, but gives no details.
Mr. James, get a grip, it's just a story. Enjoy it for what it is and quit trying to read between the lines.
sounds like Baby Doc Duvalie (sp?)
I find it funny all the progressive women on my FB account seem to be celebrating this movie.
Too stupid to realize they’re stupid?
I watched it this afternoon. I may have to sharpen my bow skills.
saw the movie too and agree with your assessment...there are many more than you may believe who are getting very fearful of the direction this pos is leading us to...he didn’t start it...the progressives have been attempting to head us that way for years but he has been turning up the heat by double digits for the last three years to make it happen in very quick order...it can not continue without some strong repercusions and push back!
Many progressive women are opposed in principle to Big Government. They identify it as Rick Santorum and Rush Limbaugh taking away their birth control, when that is only a small symptom of the real threat: take a government's money, and you must eventually do its bidding.
This principle applies to everything from student loans to government support for the arts to tax-deferred retirement accounts to "free" public schools and healthcare - all wildly popular with progressives.
It is The Running Man with teen romance.
I agree. We have to keep our Gov’t off their body when it comes to killing unborn children but they’ll be damned if I eat those french fries.
My son has an exceedingly accurate Mathews compound bow and lots of arrows. Incredible accuracy. We have others, but I am not quite as good at it as my son is.
But, I don't need to be. I have guns and reload ammo. We have lots of wild game here. Deer, hogs, turkey, quail, dove, good fishing in our pond.
We farm. Have on farm grain storage and cleaning equipment. We have a nice orchard, which I expanded greatly last year. I have blackberries, strawberries, grapes, blueberries (not well adapted here). The plum trees are loaded. The peach and apple trees are beginning to bud out. The apricot trees are just beginning to bloom. I think it will be a good year.
On the farm we have a meat processing building. Walk-in box, commercial butcher's band saw, meat slicer and sausage mill. We have several friends who process their wild game there, as well as the family.
The Progressives, Commies, Marxists and the other rabble will take some serious losses if they think they can subject Texas. Won't happen.
In private hands in Texas there are 2+ guns for every man, woman and child in the state. It would be a very serious mistake for outsiders to even think about trying to change that.
Talk is cheap. Outsiders are slowly taking over your state in the form of illegal aliens/immigrants. What are you doing about that?
Another thought from watching Hunger Games:
* People are fenced into their designated areas and not allowed in the woods, although they are clearly hungry. I think the term for this was “Agenda 21”.
* Hunting isn’t allowed, though the designation of districts and views in the movie suggest most of the land is fallow. People starving is not as important as preserving nation.
* The dominant form of entertainment and news is ONE WAY, via television. No debates, no discussion, no public forums. It’s like the liberal MSM wants it - everyone watches the TV screen at the designated time to get their propaganda.
Most of the “immigrants” came here to get away from the socialist crap, the lefties congregate around Austin and some Houston subs. They talk a lot, but generally are totally worthless and harmless.
Most of the “illegals” are happy to be here and afraid to get in trouble and have to go back to the crap holes in Mexico or worse.
Now the few real bad guys. Well we generally deal with them. Our criminal justice system still has a death penalty for those who show no respect for human life.
NOW, what part of the U.S. are you from? Or is it somewhere else you call home?
I am half-way thru the 2nd book and have seen the movie. To add to your list with items that are in Book 2:
Power and TV are limited and unreliable in the Districts, but the mayor has a special access channel to real news that apparently never drops the signal.
The Games are mandatory viewing, but there is a kill switch and some things can be blacked out if the Gamesmaster or the President so desire. Mandatory history is being manipulated and rewritten for the masses, including those in Capitol.
The barriers around the Districts are electrified, but District 12 (the heroine’s home) is sparsely populated and in Book 1, the fence is not always on. However, once the PTB are concerned, the fence is electrified at all times. Other Districts are more heavily secured. The game in the areas outside the barrier are actually referred to as “Capitol’s game”.
Medications and doctors are in short supply, but the mayor of a District gets nearly unlimited painkillers for his wife.
I am sure there are more such incidents to be revealed.
Amazing how so many conservatives are willingly accepting the premise that a girl is the top dog of the ladder as far as being the hero.
I have not read the book, and do not plan on watching the move, because in reality, whenever a battle of any kind that includes death for the losers and life for the winners, the women, girls will ALWAYS LOSE!
However, in today’s emasculated society, even in movies conservatives hail as great, a woman is portrayed as the hero.
Sorry, I’ll put in an old Chuck Norris/Silvester Stallone/ Bruce Willis/Mel Gibson/John Wayne type move where men are portrayed as real men while a women is portrayed as a woman that needs men to protect them like in reality.
Try as they want, America is not France. The American heroes that won wars and still do are the men, while the ladies have in the past, and still do today, support their men.
The reason I made this post is because the writer presents a dystopian future that he believes the left is aiming at. I agree with him. When I read it, I thought that is where I think they want to end up. I have not seen the movie nor have I read the book. I think it’s important to know where they want to go because it may help us prevent it.
it would seem this article is simply taking our current slippery slope to at least one possible conclusion...if we allow ourselves to be enslaved and disarmed...
waaaaay off the mark...i hadnt heard of this series till a few days ago, and grudgingly went with the Mrs and several other couples to see it...
the 'heroine' is really anything but a ninja lara croft super saviour...
she was good with a bow, which isnt a stretch for wimmin...
When I read the book, skimming much of the disturbing descriptions of violence, I saw a hatred of the wealthy. Perhaps Freepers want to interpret the book's Capitol ruling class as the government only, but I don't think that the left will see it that way. My interpretation is in line with what I heard Donald Sutherland, who plays President Snow, say on the radio this morning. He said that the movie was about the occupy movement. He went on at length describing the ruling class as the 1% and the people in the districts as the 99%. In the view of the left, it's rich vs poor more than government vs people. I hope the movie helps some people wake up to the dangers of an all-powerful government, but I'm not sure it will.
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Love people like you, but not in a good way. You admit you don’t know what you’re talking about, but espouse anyway like you did. It’s funny, pathetic, but funny.
She doesn’t win in the “manly” way of strength or speed. She wins by being smart, and sneaky, and nice, which are all ways women (or anybody not built like an action star) can win. Next time either read the material or shut the mouth.
He went on at length describing the ruling class as the 1% and the people in the districts as the 99%. In the view of the left, it’s rich vs poor more than government vs people. I hope the movie helps some people wake up to the dangers of an all-powerful government, but I’m not sure it will.
Boy I read the book and saw the Ruling Classes and their minions and the co-opted sectors as Big Intrusive government and the other sectors as anti government freedom fighters.
Sutherland isnt very bright.
Sounds like you hit the nail on the head, sad to say. Hatred of the wealthy and financiers is what Lenin emphaized as he was forming the Soviet Union. Covetousness goes a long way towards dividing a people. Once that’s done, all that is needed is for the statists to offer up their “hopium” and it’s all over.
My idea is that the first thing that should be done is give people a real understanding of what their nation is and how it is so different, as founded, from the rest of the world. I’m not sure how this can be done but I feel this is the quickest way to send the left a-packin’.
“Progressive Hallmark: Ownership of Weapons is Forbidden
This is not explicitly stated but it is implied.”
If he’d read the book - and he admits he hasn’t - he’d know it IS explicit. Narrator states in no uncertain terms that if making & distributing weapons suitable for even rudimentary opposition to government was discovered, the perpetrator would be executed on the spot.
“Needless to say, a Panem-style government could never come about so long as gun ownership was as prevalent among private citizens as it is today. “
He hasn’t read the book, has he? Ah, right, he admits he didn’t.
The one totalitarian tactic never considered in the gun control vs despotism debate is the one used by the Panem rulers: total obliteration of a significant fraction of the nation. District 13 doesn’t exist any more, and the Hunger Games are a reminder that the Capitol has no qualms about doing that again to keep the remaining districts under heel.
How far would gun ownership get under a government willing to outright nuke the whole of, say, New England (NY included)?
Well then read the book already. Takes just a few hours. $0.86 at Kobo.com with checkout code thehungergames (append 2 and 3 for the other books, separate purchases, total cost about $3). Easy engaging read.
Read the book already. (Amazing me how many people blathering about it haven’t.)
Spoiler: she survives by avoiding most head-on combat, winning by wits, charm, and the occasional arrow. Nothing John Wayne or Charlie’s Angels about this girl.