Culture: Don’t be fooled—Hunger Games is not conservative; it is anti-capitalism literature, written by an admitted Far Left liberal
I grew up in the fifties. I am working on a novel for Young Adults, to teach traditional values to the rising generation. So I checked out the first Hunger Games book, to get a feel for what youth are reading these days. I couldn’t get past the first chapter. It was so depressing! I perused other books on the YA shelves in the library and find a disturbing preoccupation with death and perversion.
The second caller to the Rush Limbaugh show on this subject said that the kids are forced to kill each other for the entertainment of the “capital, the bourgeoisie”. Those words are from Karl Marx. Check the transcript, the second Debbie said that. I have been studying history for 50 years, and I am alert to this kind of thing. This is extremely subtle.
Then when Rush noted that this author is an admitted Far Left liberal, it only confirms the truth about this assault on our culture. As you read this post, look for the subtle deceptions that the caller is falling for. The deception of the adversary is subtle! We must be alert and aware so as not to be deceived. ~C.A. Davidson
RUSH: Wait, are we talking about the movies or the books here?
CALLER: Both. In the books, it is there because it is kind of to show you how bad this government is forcing their people, their citizens to compromise their personal beliefs and devalue life the way they do for entertainment for the bourgeoisie capital people. And the command-and-control government doesn’t give the people in the district, to put it in your terms, the ruling class versus the country class —
RUSH: Okay, let me try this. Let me ask you a question.
RUSH: I just want to know what you think. As you watch these movies or read the books, and you imagine young people who vote Democrat and think Obama’s great and love big government — as they watch these movies — are they going to be inclined to be more in favor of Democrats and big government or are they going to think, “Wow, this is not good. I don’t want to support government if it does this kind of thing”?
RUSH: Let me ask you: Would you describe the books and the movies as anti-government?
RUSH: Okay, who is the hero?
CALLER: Well, the main heroes are Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, who are, as you mentioned before — spoiler alert — two survivors in the first book. And they go on, and they have to kind of become a part of this system that they don’t agree with, and then they basically try from the inside out to have their own personal statement, own personal protests. Katniss sort of becomes the beacon of the revolution, the symbol of hope that things can change.
I haven’t seen any of these movies and I haven’t read any of the books, and I’ll tell you why. The title is The Hunger Games, and then when I first heard what these movies are about, I didn’t get the connection between the title, and then when I saw everybody in it winning awards, “Well, to hell with that.” (interruption) What? (interruption) Yeah. See, I’m being told, “No, it’s really, really good, the kids killing kids, it’s just a minor part, it doesn’t –“ (interruption) Right, they don’t. If everything I’ve heard so far about it, we ought to have legions of teenagers marching to the polls voting every Democrat out of office if the movies and books are that good. And we don’t, do we? (interruption) What’s that? (interruption) Oh. Well, you know, it’s fascinating.
They don’t get it
You take a look at what people see, it always is amazing to me. That’s why I try to keep an open mind about everybody’s perception of things. I mean, here kids are killing kids, it’s not a big deal! Okay. Yeah. “They have to because they’re being told to, and then they eventually rebel against it and they get rid of the oppressive government,” while they vote for one to live under themselves over and over again.
Well, I look at polling data, Millennials are openly telling pollsters how much they hate big government. They don’t like it. They think it’s ineffective and they’re voting for it at the same time, which I also understand, because I understand why they’re doing it, and it all comes down to Republican branding, when you get down to basics.
These movies are sick. They are about socialism and government control of food, and they are dystopian.”
RUSH: Okay, so I just got an e-mail from somebody I know who is 60. “Don’t believe what these two callers have told you. These movies are sick. They are about socialism and government control of food, and they are dystopian.”
Now, I think I understand this. Follow me on this. We’ve had two women call today who praised these books to the hilt. They’re really, really good.
I don’t know how old those women were. I couldn’t tell. It’s really tough to guess based on voices. So I’m not going to.
But you take somebody who was nine or 10 years old in the fifties and take them through the sixties, teenage years, you put this movie in front of them back then, and it’s a horror story. Kids killing kids just was not portrayed. War movies were. But even the war movies back then, nowhere near the realism that you get today in terms of the gore. But the idea of a movie that is entertaining that has good in it, that shows a government making kids kill each other, unheard of.
So you take somebody who grew up, their formative years were the fifties and sixties, you put this movie in front of ’em and I guarantee you they’re gonna get sick. But you put the movie in front of kids today, “Ah, it’s just no big deal.” I mean, compared to the what else they’ve seen and what else they’ve heard, what else they’ve been exposed to, it’s no big deal. Maybe they can even see themselves in it. And I find all this fascinating.
When I was 60, I was not gonna look at what was going on with young people when I’m 60 and immediately put it down as trash or whatever.
But I can honestly tell you that something like this would never even have gotten made back in the fifties or sixties. Would you agree with that?
Something like this couldn’t even get made. And why? Because it’s rotten. It’s an absolutely horrible, worthless premise. And yet today, it’s award-winning.
Now, is that so hard to understand in an era where abortion occurs for the convenience of the living? I think not. There are reasons why what used to be considered coarse and taboo or intolerable, today is considered art. I remember the outrage when Piss Christ happened, Andres Serrano, the crucifix. Piece of art, submerged in a jar of urine. And we were told we had to learn to appreciate it.
Here’s the difference, folks. Or one of the differences. You put The Hunger Games or something like it, Mad Max, one of these dystopian movies. What is troubling to me is the dystopian nature of these things, that there’s no good in the world anymore, that everything is rot and everybody’s corrupt and everything’s sick. (interruption) No, I’m not talking about just this movie.
I’m talking about if I had somebody from the current Drive-By Media here explaining why The Hunger Games or movies like them are winning awards, it’s because, “This is the world people live in today, Rush, this is what life is about to them. They’re scared. This is what they see as possibly their future.”
To which I would say, “Why? How has that happened?” It wasn’t all that long ago that the future was an optimistic thing, not a pessimistic thing. It wasn’t that long ago that young people couldn’t wait to get out of the house; couldn’t wait to strike out on their own; couldn’t wait to make their own way in the world. And the reason for that was bubbling effusive optimism, eagerness. But today there’s not so much of that. There’s a lot of pessimism, fear, and even dystopianism, in the media, that defenders of it, “Well, this is what the world is to them today.” Then I would say, “How did that happen? That’s a shame.”
My only point is I finally found out who wrote these Hunger Game books and movies, Suzanne Collins, and she admits to being a far-left liberal, concerned with the environment, concerned with too much war and economic deprivation. (laughing) I told somebody: “Well, she made a mistake, then, because her movies are real Republican.”
No, they’re not. That’s my point. They can’t possibly be.
You know, back when I was young eating up whatever, the media that I liked back then was, be it entertainment, books, movies, TV shows, it was all for the most part, at the end of the day, end of the movie, optimism triumphed. There was no such thing as a dystopian. That didn’t happen until the left got totally concerned with nuclear weapons in the seventies and the eighties and the Phil Donahue show and so forth. Then you had the Mad Max movies which were post-apocalyptic world where there was no gasoline except what you could steal. Everything dystopia, the opposite of utopia. Dystopia is just absolute disaster.
That’s the difference to me. And if you check, if you’d be open-minded, if you check attitudes today, take a look at Millennials. What are they telling you? They’ve lost faith. American dream’s over. No chance for them. Those days are long gone, as far as they’re concerned. All they face is $200,000 minimum student loan debt, no job. And they’re not blaming Obama. They’re just down on America. The old promise of America doesn’t exist for them. And I think a never-ending barrage of pessimism and dystopianism has to have played a role in that attitudinal thinking.
In fact, folks, this is one of the reasons why the whole notion of writing children’s books on American history appealed to me, because it was an opportunity to restore — I mean, the story of this country is a fascinating story in human history. It doesn’t need any embellishment. It doesn’t need any exaggeration. What happened in founding this country is an absolute miracle when it comes to human history on this planet. It is just an amazing story. But you and I all know that what’s happened — and not just in the education system — is the whole idea of what America stands for has been under assault for a long time when the multiculturalists came in and got control of things. And it’s worked.
All you need to do is look at polling data of attitudes and measure how much optimism versus pessimism there is out there, and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. These Hunger Games books are for kids, 14 to 16. They’re not for adults, but adults go watch the movies and read the books, and I do think that there is a real craving, sad though this may be, I think there’s a real craving among many conservatives to see their values reflected in popular culture, because we’ve lost it, admittedly. Everybody admits we’ve lost it.
So if you are a conservative and you’re sitting around waiting for your values to be reflected in popular culture, as long as it’s owned by the left, it isn’t gonna happen. But if you’re desperate to see it you might go watch a movie and think, “A-ha! It’s a secret conservative message! Look at that!” And you’re being fooled. Well, when the producer, the writer, the director, and everybody in it is a staunch ultraliberal, then you… (interruption) Yes, it is! It damn well is the intent. (interruption) No. It’s for people to figure out that it’s Obama, it’s fine, but it’s not just Obama. It’s liberalism, totalitarianism, authoritarianism.
George III represents tyranny. And so if you put modern words uttered by liberals in the mouth of George III the message is to convey what tyranny is to young readers. Well, I don’t know President Snow from President Frost ’cause I haven’t seen these movies, and now you’re making me so mad about this, I don’t care that I want to. But I’m almost obligated to now. What does Hunger Games have to do with it? Why did they call it Hunger Games? It’s obviously not about games and it’s not about hunger. (interruption) Oh, they don’t have enough food, do they? Oh, so they kill people in order to have enough food to eat? (interruption) They don’t kill people?
Folks, it’s also true that there’s just plain bad people out there. No matter what you do, there’s evil out there and no amount of gun control or caring or concern, no number of hashtags is gonna stop it. But, see, that reality is overlooked and events like this are all rolled in to the dystopian nature the left presents everybody, this overall pessimistic view. And they benefit from it, is the point. Things are so bad, you need your big government run by us to protect you from all of this horror that’s out there, that this country has become.
It’s insidious to me. I think this country’s story is amazing, and I think it’s optimistic. I think it’s uplifting. The story of this country and our Founding Fathers is some of the greatest inspiration people can expose themselves to.
Hunger Games Author is Far Left Liberal, anti-Capitalist
RUSH: You know what I thought I’d do? I thought I’d go to some popular liberal website and just put in the search term “Hunger Games” and see what I got, and that’s what I did. I went to the Huffing and Puffington Post, and I entered “Hunger Games” as a search term, and I found a headline to a story on the Hunger Games movies at the Huffing and Puffington Post. Do you want to know what it says?
“The Hunger Games and the death of winner-take-all capitalism.” So at the Huffing and Puffington Post they clearly watched the Hunger Games and they were cheering it. (paraphrased) “This is the greatest thing for socialism we’ve ever seen! Why, this thing destroys free market capitalism!” Now again, I haven’t seen these flicks, haven’t read these books. So I’m at a little bit of a disadvantage.
I could fake it like many hosts would lie to you and claim they’ve seen the movies. I haven’t. I don’t care that I haven’t seen ’em yet, and can still discuss it. I just think it’s fascinating. I got all these people telling me today, “Rush, this is a secret message. The conservatives… Boy, Hollywood is really ripping into big government.” Well, here’s a big government website saying it’s the best movie for their view that they’ve ever seen.
And how about this:
“The death of winner-take-all capitalism”? Capitalism is not winner-take-all. Liberalism is! Liberalism is where everybody’s poor except the Fidel Castros of the world. It’s just the exact opposite.