For another take on ”The Hunger Games“trilogy, see Austin White’s excellent analysis over at his blog Stop the State. In it, he gives a brief plot synopsis and commentary on the youth audience the books were written for. And finally he dives into the heart of the series, which is essentially the LewRockwell.com motto of “anti-state, anti-war, pro-market.”
White covers the role of the police and how only the most brutal are selected and retained. He discusses the role of the market in preserving what quality of life it can, given the Total State’s control over the lives of the people of Panem. And finally he describes the sledgehammer the series’ author, Suzanne Collins, takes to the state and its wars.
From the article:
The primary issue of the series is war and it is at the final chapters where interstate war receives the complete uncompromising, unrelenting condemnation it deserves. There is no glory depicted. Libertarians often correctly point out that wars between countries are in fact wars between governments, but Collins shows wars between governments for what they really are: the State versus every single one of us. All sides will eventually commit atrocities, all sides become indefensible, no innocent on any side is safe from the State, and the people who bear the greatest costs are almost always those who least deserve it.
Read the rest here.