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Real World Dilemmas of the Hunger Games

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Learn Liberty On Demand offers you a series of videos on new and exciting topics in the world of policy and ideas that you can watch any time, anywhere, on your schedule. Have you ever noticed any similarities between the dystopian world of The Hunger Games and our own? Well, this is the place for you.

Are we living in the Hunger Games? From increasing police militarization, to overreaching government regulation, to the desensitization of culture through mass media, modern America and fictional Panem share qualities that, indeed, threaten both freedom and quality of life. Join Professors Amy Sturgis and James Otteson as they explore the parallels of Panem and our own world, from historical uprisings and revolutions to mass surveillance in modern times. If power corrupts, they ask, then what of absolute power?

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