Monday, March 26, 2012

Why I Love Capitalism and “The Hunger Games” too

Last night, relaxing on my couch, I decided to check my bank account since I made some large purchases recently and wanted to make sure I could still pay off my credit card bill in a few days. I had, of course, fully considered my current financial state before buying a new bed set and a trip to Ireland, but I’m slightly OCD about certain things, so I like to double check.

Upon opening my various statements, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had planned it all out even better than I originally thought, which made me realize all over again just how much I love capitalism.

Now before anybody thinks it a brilliant idea to go hunting down my bank account information to drain me dry, let me set the record straight…

I make less than $40,000 a year (pre-tax) working at a job I would love to quit (right after telling my boss why I consider him on ethical par with a cockroach). I also live on the second story of a cheaply remade two-story house above neighbors who play their TV all day long at a respectable volume that I can still hear in my living room and sometimes even in my bedroom at night.

So clearly, I am not in the 1%. I have to budget, I have to save, and I have to say “no.” A lot.

And I still love capitalism. A lot.

Capitalism gives me the opportunity to earn what I own (even if I don’t always appreciate the earning part). It allows me to choose between that tricked-out smartphone and putting money into savings every month to watch it grow little by little into something I can be proud of.

Occupy Wall Street Foolishly Embraces “The Hunger Games”

This past weekend, the Hollywood Reporter published a piece called “The Politics of ‘The Hunger Games,’” where it explained how “Occupy-Wall-Street liberals” are claiming “the story of a dystopian future where reality TV pits children against each other in a competition to the death” as something they can somehow relate to.

They apparently love “the way the film portrays an extraordinary gap between the rich and poor as simply an innate evil. It’s a black-and-white view in which there’s no allowance that the rich might have earned their wealth – they’re portrayed simply as lazy and overly indulged oppressors. The poor are shown as the industrious ones.”

Take it from somebody who read all three books and plans on watching the movie next weekend: Occupy Wall Street is about as delusional on this one as they are on everything else. Regardless of what seriously messed-up author Suzanne Collins (just read the third book to know what I mean) intended, the series clearly portrays a communist regime where the government rules all, dictating everybody’s lives right down to their deaths when they see fit.

And while my capitalistic musings yesterday show that we’re clearly not there yet, we’re definitely on an accelerated path towards government-domination under the elitist theology liberals espouse, which sets the government as god and everybody else as mindless minions.

So think about the not-so-insane possibility of federal officials killing kids off for entertainment if you’re planning on checking out “The Hunger Games” anytime soon. History has shown too many equally evil stories playing out in the past and present to take the idea of an all-powerful government lightly.

Really, if we value our current ability to personally make personal decisions at all (i.e. capitalism), we could use a lesson or two from heroine Katniss and remember that just because the government says to have a Happy Hunger Games, we don’t have to play along.

1 comment:

  1. This was EXACTLY the reason I chose to go see the Hunger Games, it reminded me of what Hayek warned us about in Road to Serfdom. Socialism is when the Government determines if we are allowed to prosper or not. Capitalism there is a free exchange of labor for money where only we and employers.