Sep 3, 2014

Katniss Everdeen is not turning your kid into a right-wing nutjob

Some so-called progressives have worked themselves into a panic, warning that books like The Hunger Games could taint the minds of children with anti-welfare, anti-equality ideology.

Jeff Sparrow

Writer, editor, broadcaster, and an Honorary Fellow at Victoria University.

Even the dystopias have gone bad.

That’s the conclusion from a much-shared piece by Ewan Morrison in The Guardian yesterday. Morrison surveyed the young adult fiction advocated by a left-leaning friend and did not much like what he saw:

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4 thoughts on “Katniss Everdeen is not turning your kid into a right-wing nutjob

  1. wayne robinson

    The cover of ‘My Parents Open Carry’ is worrying because the family presented are uniformly white, blond and blue-eyed. Not particularly inclusive. One of the authors notes in the preface claims that his book is suitable for home-schoolers as an introduction to discussion of the Second Amendment. Home schooling again not being particularly inclusive.

    For all its faults, at least state schooling doesn’t attempt to be selective in its students.

  2. Dogs breakfast

    “Books such as The Giver, Divergent and the Hunger Games trilogy are, whether intentionally or not, substantial attacks on many of the foundational projects and aims of the left: big government, the welfare state, progress, social planning and equality.”

    Deary me. If Katniss Eberdeen could have drawn as long a bow as Mr Morrison the movie would have been over in 5 minutes.

    This is just left-loony conspiracy theorising. Perhaps it is that magical place where the lunar right meet the lunar left and find out they have so much in common.

    I read 1984 and Brave New World (much more influential in my thinking) as a teenager, but no author could have understood or reasonably anticipated how I would react to their writings.

    I still wouldn’t be able to with any sense of reality.

    And anyone with children will know that the more you try to direct them intentionally, they will always take their own tack.

    The depressing part is that Mr Morrison’s piece was “much-shared”.

    By whom? Idiots?

  3. Zeke

    The cover of “My Parents Open Carry” is so white. I wonder if they portray any other representation of multicultural USA within its pages. And no, I’m not going to buy it in order to find out.

  4. Chris Hartwell

    Zeke, given its home-schooling bent, I can all but guarantee you there will be no depiction of multi-culturalism, and any depiction of the government will be as bumbling buffoons out to take the open-carrying, patriotic parents’ hard earned money, so easily thwarted by the fact that the parents are packing.

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