Hunger Games: Perfect Example of Why Socialism Doesn’t Work

May 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm / by

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When my son was in junior high school I read all of his Harry Potter books.  I started reading them mainly to see what all the fuss was about but was quickly sucked into the magical saga of wizardry and Hogswart and Quidditch.  Later, while working as the Children’s Director at a church I started reading the Twilight series, again because I wanted to understand why they were so well liked.

I was hooked and have since read every volume of the vampire/werewolf series.  (Just for the record, in both instances I have liked the books much better than the movies…)

So when my mother insisted I read Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games I thought it would be yet another fun, meaningless teen angst-type stories.  However I’m now reading the third book (titled Mockingjay) and so far the books remind me of—interestingly– Mark Levin’s recent best-seller, Ameritopia.

In Ameritopia, Levin talks about a utopian dream world in which people are grouped together according to whatever they excel in.  One society would be made up of people who are the best farmers; another the best hunters, miners and so on.  All these ‘commoners’ would be led by an elite group consisting of the best and brightest—people who would know what’s best for the underlings of the world.   Their leaders would determine their futures—including whom they would marry, the fate of their children and their children’s children and everything in between.

Socialism is the entire premise of the Hunger Games.

Just like Levin described in Ameritopia, everyone in Collin’s books are divided up according to their unique gifts and talents; the best of the best are able to eat, the lower classes usually starve to death providing food and goods for everyone else.

It never balances out.  The elites who run the land get everything; the rest get nothing and are killed when they disobey.

THIS is the end results of that “leveled playing field” the Occupiers are so enamored with.  If they really believe that government workers in WASHINGTON DC are better at taking care of us than we are ourselves, they really need to read Suzanne Collins’ books.

Or better yet, they need to see the movie.  Most of the Occupy-types choose not to read anything that doesn’t fit onto their iPhone screens…

I have to end this article with a recent interview Sean Hannity conducted with a 29-year old Occupier who was so inane, so incredibly lame it made me think the guy was trying to pull a fast one on Fox.  The man declared it was America’s ‘job’ to pay for his healthcare, schooling and housing.  He thought it wasn’t fair that the only way he could get “things” was by having to (gasp!) WORK for them.

Get ready for your Conservative blood to boil—because unfortunately this man really does speak for a very large amount of misguided people and ironically, in Suzanne Collin’s world (and/or Karl Marx’s) he would be one of the first to go…

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Ann-Marie Murrell

Ann-Marie Murrell is the original PolitiChick anchor and is the CEO/Editor-in-Chief of, which was nominated at CPAC 2013 as the “People’s Choice Blogger of the Year”. In 2013, Ann-Marie received Front Page Magazine’s Glazov Gang Ronald Reagan Award. Ann-Marie writes for dozens of respected Conservative websites including TownHall, Daily Caller, Front Page Magazine, The Blaze and more. Ann-Marie is often a guest speaker at rallies across the US and is a frequent guest on radio and TV shows, including a 2013 appearance on the Dr. Phil Show in which she represented the conservative viewpoint. She has been featured on dozens of radio and television shows, including Fox News, BlazeTV, the Dennis Prager Show, the Janine Turner Show and she is a regular commentator and guest host on One America’s Rick Amato Show, Front Page Magazine’s Glazov Gang and the Mark Isler Show on 870/The Answer. Ann-Marie is one of the go-to conservative reporters in Los Angeles and has covered multiple political events throughout the United States. Ann-Marie has conducted hundreds of interviews with conservative leaders including Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Lt. Col. Allen West, Dr. Ben Carson, and she was one of the last reporters to interview the late Andrew Breitbart. Ann-Marie speaks at various Conservative rallies and 2nd Amendment events across the country, from California to Texas and many cities in between, and was the exclusive reporter for the David Horowitz Freedom Center West Coast retreat. You can find Ann-Marie Murrell on Facebook and Twitter (@PolitichickAM). (@PolitichickAM).

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  1. You are completely off, it is about extreme capitalism and class warfare more than anything. If you actually knew what socialism was you’d be greeting it with open arms. Socialism is public education, socialism is universal healthcare, socialism is helping the poor and sick, basically everything the rich elite, sorry “job creators”, are against. I am a proud socialist and so are many European countries, like Denmark and Sweden, with the best quality of life in the world! So in summary, research things before you write about them, you might actually get something right.

    • MikeBri527 says:

      Public education is failing the children of our country and is very expensive. Universal healthcare is a failure all around the world. Helping the poor and sick is a staple of a judeo-christian society not a socialist society. There is no such thing as extreme capitalism. You either have a free market economy or you don’t. The U.S. has not has a free market economy in almost 100 years, that’s why it’s failing.

      Government intervention causes more problems than it solves. One example: our government has been fighting the war on poverty since the 60′s. There are more people now then ever living below the poverty line in the U.S. There are more people now on food stamps in this country than ever before. The war on poverty has been a total failure and has cost the U.S. taxpayer billions and billions of dollars.

      Government and Federal Reserve monetary policies creates more poverty than any other entities in the history of the world. When the Fed prints money it causes inflation, if your wages don’t keep up with inflation, then you become poorer. This has been proved time and time again.
      Most of Europe is one fire economically. Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain are all failing because of socialism. You need to take off the blinders and the rose colored glasses, stop listening to the lies being told to you by governments the world over, and see that a belief in government and their socialist programs only lead to poverty for the masses and wealth for the politically connected.

    • leefromok says:

       Greeting socialism with open arms?
      The serpent you want to hug, –hugs back!
      The coils are already around us and it won’t stop tightening it’s hold on us till it squeezes every last breath of freedom we have!

      Be careful what you wish for, it looks like you are about to get it!

      • Karencool says:

        that’s ridiculous. Denmark and Sweeden are hardly bitten by serpents. The only serpent in our American future is the Republican serpent with the Mormon leading them boldly into further class warfare.

    • frankh57 says:

      Socialism is about letting somebody else pay your way and dictate what, where, and how you do things. You are no longer master of your own fate. Why do you think so many socialism experiments around the world fail? You do get the common denominator and it is always lower than people expect. You work and the guy next to you doesn’t, yet he receives the same as you. Sometimes you don’t mind because that guy just isn’t able…sometimes you do mind because that guy is able, he just wants a free ride and that rankles when you working for him at that point. Look at this way. If you are in school, study hard, make straight A’s…the new reality, you will make a C as does the lazy boy next to you who never studies and could never pass a test to save his life.

  2. Jimharbor says:

    You are completely correct about this, James. The Hunger Games hit the mark on the entire Republican mentality of ‘fend for themselves’ and ‘let them eat cake’. There is nothing about this article by Ann Marie that makes sense. It’s typical of these women to pretend to be intellectual and when they attempt to do so they fall sadly short. We all know their real goal is to revive dying careers or kindle new ones. A bunch of old barbies playing with the computer never leads to much.

    • Bevaboo says:

       You make many criticisms, but do not offer to back up a single one of them.  Who is pretending to be intellectual here but unable to back up their pretense?  I think that would be you, Jimharbor.

  3. Golub Energy says:

    Here we go. According to the Socialist model, we give everyone their “fair share”, so let’s pay everyone $100,000.00 a year for any job, including medicine and law. Let’s house them in an equal community with the same number of bedrooms, a kitchen, bath, and garage for their limit of ONE vehicle. We give them free healthcare and free education up to the age of 25. This is because the universal healthcare law requires parents to pay for their child’s (24 yr. old child?) medical care.
    After 5 years or less, the true entrepreneurs among them will have doubled their income through their enterprising skills ( mowing lawns and fixing cars perhaps?) The drug addicts, medicine bottle freaks, drunks, or otherwise filthy people will squander their money on said addictions within the same time period. Some will become so indebted to the entrepreneurs that they will actually have to borrow an extra $100,000 per year just to keep up the lifestyle. Some will lose their homes through the re-fi scams. Others will die without life-insurance causing their families additional financial pain.
    Basically, what we are talking about here is the same system that was tried and failed in the Soviet Union for about 70 years. It didn’t work there and it won’t work here. This is because you can give people all the security in the world, but without freedom to find their own way and stumble if they must, there is NO joy, no PEACE, and NO happiness. 
    I have lived in communities where almost everything is free. The military service is one such community. What I have seen and experienced first hand is that 80% of the people are just in it for the party time. Go to the NCO Club and you’ll see what I mean. 15% of the people are the workers, and 5% are the leaders who call all the shots. These types of communities make it difficult for anyone who really wants to work and produce an excellent product. (An honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay) is what the old folks used to call it. This is because of the peer pressure of the 80%. “Why can’t you just chill out, lighten up, smoke a blunt?”
    When my grandfather came to this country, they called him a hunky, and tried to get him to slow down because he was showing up their lazy asses. He was just tired of living under European style dictatorships, and was happy to get his taste of freedom.
    We need more FREEDOM in this country, NOT less. Socialism is just a fancy word for SLAVERY!!! 

  4. I saw The Hunger Games and all I saw was another version of Steven King (i.e. Richard Bachman) The Running Man…Different movies, Same themes. Both movies had class warfare at the heart of the films with government and corporations running every thing in your life

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