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What We Missed in "The Hunger Games" (Ron Paul Institute)

"The United States has been at war for over a decade, the war in Afghanistan now the longest in our history. Recent wars have been responsible for the deaths of almost half a million people in Iraq, tens of thousands in Afghanistan. Those numbers don’t include the wounded, the disfigured, the poisoned, the displaced. Those numbers don’t include the suicides. The United States has spent $10 trillion on defense and homeland security since September 11, 2001, on bombs, drones, guns, bullets, planes, artillery, tanks, rocket launchers, assault rifles, etc.
Is this blind spot for war a sign of something, perhaps that our government has finally won their information war, through the use of “embedded” journalism, information classification, and censorship? Perhaps our journalists have been so controlled, so constrained, for the past ten years, that we are barely conscious of the wars that are taking place, let alone the actual “butchering” that they entail, those beastly acts of bombing, shooting, and maiming;"

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Science Fiction is a genre that is about commenting on the present day (by projecting into the future what is already present and exaggerating it a little), and almost always is set in a heavily bureaucratized and regulated society--since that's the trend.

Additionally, almost all stories are about the journey from slavery to freedom. True, most of the time the slavery is self-imposed (a character flaw), but often the society shares the flaw.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

Elites controlling the commoners.

The core of these movies.

The hunger games was a great

The hunger games is a great movie. I still need to see catching fire. Is the author of the series libertarian?

The movies are good (saw both) but as always the books are


The entire story is told in the first person of Katniss. So you can't get across her internal thoughts on screen like you can in a book. There's lots of background you are missing in the movies that I think is important to the story.

They also had to shorten the second book considerably in the translation to the screenplay. Entire subplots and characters are left out.

I saw HG for the first time a few wks ago...

and then Catching Fire when it came out. My first thought was: 'Does the mainstream really get this & how relevant it is to current times?!'...well, not really, apparently.

Maybe you need to get out more

and spread the word :-)

"r3VOLution continues...maybe you'll listen now" requires just a little bit of effort by each and every one of us :-)

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul


Mom always gets an earful from me during holiday visits but things are getting so obviously bad now that I think there's a better opportunity to wake people up!

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Excellent read!

Thank you for posting it!

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

That was fantastic!

Well worth a read.

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain