[Marxism] The Hunger Games and radical politics

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Dec 28 15:35:55 MST 2013

On 12/28/13 5:03 PM, Ralph Johansen wrote:
> outstanding. guess I'll go now.

My guess is that you didn't read my article, only the lead in that was 
posted to the list.

You question the appropriateness of the Glick support for Ted Cobb. Let 
me flesh this out for you in terms of what I wrote further down in my 

There’s another reason that an audience seeing “Catching Fire” would 
make few connections with American society today. Despite the moral 
turpitude of its rulers and the ruling class it represents, it is a 
parliamentary democracy resting on a consensus around the belief that 
success is a function of your own talents and nothing else. When you 
lose a job, you can get pissed off at the system but you see yourself 
more as a victim of circumstance rather than a member of a social class 
in specific kind of relationship to another social class that has 
interests opposed to your own. Ironically, most Americans are okay with 
survivor of the fittest, as long as you don’t have someone like 
President Snow forcing villages to turn over a couple of kids each year 
as if it was for an Aztec type human sacrifice ritual.

Bourgeois democracy is a perfect instrument for class rule. That is why 
I always scratch my head over those who see fascism around the corner 
when someone like Richard Nixon is in the White House. Why would you use 
the iron fist to rule the workers when their open consent guarantees 
systemic stability?

The point is that Glick opposed Nader because he and his fellow 
Demogreens were afraid that he would siphon votes away from Kerry. Kerry 
was seen as a lesser evil to George W. Bush who represented a fascist 
threat--a version of President Snow in "Hunger Games". In other words, 
Glick was pushing the moldy old CPUSA line. That, of course, why he 
would find "Hunger Games" valuable. It is a model of American society 
that supposedly has some bearing on current realities.

It is this way of thinking that has marginalized the left.

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