I watched The Hunger Games last night, and before anything else I'd like to say that my wife, adult daughter in law and I all thought it was a really good movie.
Something about the setting for the movie unsettled me though. In the movie, North America is divided into 12 districts run by a Capitol City. The districts are all somewhat reminiscent of European countries under Communist rule, with the subjects of this world being equally poor and oppressed while the elite ruling class endulged in what financial gain was produced by the subjects.
There are high speed magno-electric trains that carry the elite in luxury to and from the outlying districts, so the vision is that the proposed high speed rail lines will become a fact, but at a cost to the North American countries that allows only the elite ruling class to benefit from them.
The subjects of this fabled future society live in districts that are impovershed and under a very strict Big Brother type of watchful eye from government civilian security force, very similar to what Obama proposes for the U.S. Workers are poor and work under adverse conditions, just as is the case in every country where organized labor forces have complete rule over the workers. After all, once every worker must belong to the "brotherhood", there is no longer any reason for the "brotherhood" to provide anything for all workers to be equal.....equally as bad off that is.
The society in which this movie depicts North America living under seems to be exactly the kind of society that Obama and elitist Democrats envision. A society where those who think they know better how to "take care" of the masses live in their deserved luxury while the masses exist to serve them. I suppose the society depicted in this movie is one that appeals to those who think themselves to be socially and intellectually "better" than others. Those who actually believe that their desires to rule over others is "progressive" thinking. But, how do the masses feel about this type of society?
A glimmer of real "hope" in this movie's depiction of the type of society those like Obama envision is that some who are accepted into the world of the elites are not very content with the way things are. The movie show revolt at the district level and an internal undermining of the elitist social structure from some of those accepted into the elitist society.
When I think of a possible outcome to correcting the vast class distinctions between the masses and the elites in this society, I think of South Africa. While South African society was very unfair and unjust under British apartheid rule, it is really no better since the changes have been made because the system simply reversed which color of skin became the elitists and which color became the oppressed.
Hopefully, visions of a possible elitist run, Socialist society such is depicted in The Hunger Games will be avoided by our very understanding that this is not the best way for society to go if all of mankind wishes to be truly free with the potential for equality.