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.