International Relations Major, Thucydides
2 years ago
Counterinsurgency and “The Hunger Games”

This New Yorker article reminded me why I’ve loved The Hunger Games so much, although it barely scratches the surface.

Forget twelve-year-olds. Suzzane Collins definitely wrote these books for college IR majors. The prose is a breeze to get through, so you can quickly go back to reading your assigned Galula and Waltz and whatnot. The dystopic set-up is deceivingly simple—you can break down the political theory behind it for hours. Friends and I have  definitely spent full dinners arguing over counterinsurgency strategy and torture techniques in Mockingjay. …Don’t even get us started on District 13’s nukes. 

2 years ago
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