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America, the near future. So vast and controlling and all-powerful has grown the DC political machine that the country at large is now just a collection of vassal states whose cowed, servile populations exist solely to provide goods and services to the grotesque sybarite class in the Capitol. In this future, the free market has been all but abolished – which is why, of course, starvation is rife and shortages are endemic. Only on the black market does free trade still survive. It’s illegal but it’s the only place where you can haggle for sufficient food – mostly game poached at great personal risk – to keep your family alive.
No, not my prediction of what happens when Obama wins his second term, but the background to the book which even if you haven’t read your kids almost certainly will have: The Hunger Games.
I read it myself to gain an insight into the kind of weird stuff that goes on these days in my kids’ brains. (I did try asking: doesn’t work. Past about 11 they don’t tell you anything. Especially not the male of the species). Here’s what I found out. First the bad news: The Hunger Games is quite incredibly violent – 24 kids in a giant arena killing one another; only one gets out alive. (You think in the early stages of the book it’s not going to happen. But it does. And the gore is plentiful).
Now the good news. Well, good news in my book, anyway. The Hunger Games is probably the best education any child can get into the horrors of Big Government and the tyranny and injustice of statism. It’s impossible to read this book and not come away thinking like a Tea Partier.
Today’s generation may be lost. But I see hope for the future!