socialist, began steps insuring a world war, and Hitler's "rebellion" and "treason" is the reason America--so The Hunger Games posits--is so adamantly anti-socialist (the socialists started the war), hence, capitalism is good because it won't start a world war. Hitler revolted against the world order and caused the horrific suffering of World War II (along with the other socialists/communists who took over during the Cold War) so socialists think that's the reason capitalists don't want to go with socialist programs, because of World War II and a socialist starting it. If Hitler had not started the War, it is possible that America would have become a far more socialist leaning country than what we did. Democart President Roosevelt was implementing "socialist programs" during the Great Depression to "keep America afloat" (the way Democrats have been unsuccessfully trying to do the last three years) and, if Hitler hadn't started WWII, Roosevelt's programs and trends probably would have continued because the Great Depression would have continued.
There are many ways to understand this film, which has actually been critized by others because the world author/screen writer Suzanne Collins creates is so vague that it's not consistent. I can understand that, however, I think they overlook that essential clue: 74 years ago, because that is what gave birth to the Hunger Games. Knowing that Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat trying to get America out of the Great Depression, was using socialist styled programs to do it, begs the question of America being far-more socialist today if Hitler hadn't tried to force the world to be socialist, would it have happened "naturally?" Were the hardships caused by World War II the primary reason America became so vehemently anti-Socialist? That's one for the historians, but I think that's a viable line of understanding the film takes, trying to get us to understand that capitalism--and the brutality of the free market--is far worse than socialism if we would just give it a chance. So why don't most Americans want to give it a chance? Writer John Steinbeck said socialism never took root in America because we have never looked at ourselves as oppressed workers but slightly embarrassed millionaires (referring to conditions during the Depression). While socialists will argue that American anti-socialist stances are predominantly defined by American ignorance on the subject, if one took a survey of Americans on the street, most could not tell you the difference between socialism, communism, nazism and fascism, except to say Marx, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini; and that's the American point: there are only "textbook technicalities" which differentiate the movements from each other, but they all grow out of the same evil seed of socialism.
|Effie Trinket modeling in a Chinese style dress, do we want our economy to be in a Chinese style? We have to answer that question because socialism is what our government is heading towards, just like China.|
|I did not catch this, but it was kindly put to me: when Katniss has volunteered to take Prim's place, the people of her district who have assembled, salute her (as she does above after Rue has died). Is this the same salute used in Nazi Germany? It has been suggested that it resembles the "Heil Hitler!" (minus the parades, screaming and tanks and armed soldiers). The difference, of course, is that the Nazi salute was open-hand, but Kat and the people of District 12 salute with only three fingers; it's close enough if you want to read it that way, but if you don't want to read it as a socialist symbol of unity, it's just a coincidence.|
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