Over at the Foundation for Economic Education, Jeffrey Tucker has broken down the political allegories of the Hunger Games. With the long-awaited finale of the Hunger Games series just recently released, it’s a great time to consider the political implications of the story, especially considering the series’ popularity with young people.
Tucker touches on many points—how revolutionaries can be just as bad as the ruling regime, the similarities to U.S. foreign policy, and the inherent problems of democracy.
But his key takeaway is this:
“The simple lesson of The Hunger Games is that powerful people can do terrible things. We must resist in order to stop them. The more complicated lesson is that powerful institutions themselves corrupt, and that there will always be those lacking in moral scruples who are willing to assume the mantle of power.”
You can read the full post over at the Foundation for Economic Education’s blog. For more Hunger-Games-as-political-allegory goodness, check out our video below, Is Katniss a Modern-Day Spartacus?