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theheritagefoundation:

The Hunger Games taps into the timeless truth that freedom is worth fighting for. This book represents the people fighting for freedom from an oppressive government. Agreed?

Before I saw the Hunger Games, I wondered why The Heritage Foundation had put up this post. After all, The Heritage Foundation’s Tumblr is mostly about putting implausible but politically convenient spins on things. So after reading The Heritage Foundation’s post, I was awfully curious what The Hunger Games was really about if The Heritage Foundation wanted me to believe it’s central theme was people fighting for freedom.

Granted, I haven’t read the books. I will. Give me a few days.

But from the movie, I’m seeing a story about rebellion against the commodification of everything from food to life itself by the wealthy and the privileged. A central empire extracts the wealth of its colonies—but worries about how to placate the very people it economically exploits. I see the beginning of a proletarian uprising as the workers realize that their hopes have been exploited. And I see a villain who shares the name of a prominent conservative think tank.

I’ll hold off on passing judgment for a bit … but I think a Marxist reading fits the movie a lot more snugly than The Heritage Foundation’s.

theheritagefoundation:

The Hunger Games taps into the timeless truth that freedom is worth fighting for. This book represents the people fighting for freedom from an oppressive government. Agreed?

Before I saw the Hunger Games, I wondered why The Heritage Foundation had put up this post. After all, The Heritage Foundation’s Tumblr is mostly about putting implausible but politically convenient spins on things. So after reading The Heritage Foundation’s post, I was awfully curious what The Hunger Games was really about if The Heritage Foundation wanted me to believe it’s central theme was people fighting for freedom.

Granted, I haven’t read the books. I will. Give me a few days.

But from the movie, I’m seeing a story about rebellion against the commodification of everything from food to life itself by the wealthy and the privileged. A central empire extracts the wealth of its colonies—but worries about how to placate the very people it economically exploits. I see the beginning of a proletarian uprising as the workers realize that their hopes have been exploited. And I see a villain who shares the name of a prominent conservative think tank.

I’ll hold off on passing judgment for a bit … but I think a Marxist reading fits the movie a lot more snugly than The Heritage Foundation’s.

  1. squashedcomments reblogged this from theheritagefoundation and added:
    I’ll read the books—because I can’t argue cogently about the subtext of a text I haven’t read. (At least, I’ll promise...
  2. vegansareanimalsinbed reblogged this from theheritagefoundation and added:
    As if I needed another reason to hate all of this hunger games shit, now the heritage foundation is turning it into...
  3. savanna reblogged this from nhaler and added:
    There is no love story in The Hunger Games. That’s one of its strengths. I don’t think anyone who had actually read it...
  4. summeromegadeth reblogged this from squashed and added:
    This Catwoman sucks compared to Michael Fifer
  5. jgreendc reblogged this from squashed and added:
    The Hunger Games neatly details the results of Marxist thinking. Push everyone into shared squalor while corrupt...
  6. loveisadeserter reblogged this from squashed and added:
    The Heritage Foundation might want to read the entire series before they start spouting off about what exactly people...
  7. squashed reblogged this from theheritagefoundation and added:
    Before I saw the Hunger Games, I wondered why The Heritage Foundation had put up this post. After all, The Heritage...
  8. stuff-that-irks-me reblogged this from theheritagefoundation and added:
    I’ll have to see the movie with my twin daughters this weekend and maybe read the books if it is that good:)
  9. nauughty-by-nature reblogged this from theheritagefoundation
  10. melaniestefanie reblogged this from theheritagefoundation and added:
    :O