“The young people who see this film must recognize that for the future ‘blind faith in their leaders,’ as Bruce Springsteen said, ‘will get you dead.'”
Donald Sutherland, the actor who plays President Coriolanus Snow in the blockbuster film series the Hunger Games, was recently asked what the movie was truly about, and he didn’t hesitate to let us know.
“If there’s any question as to what it’s an allegory for, I will tell you,” he starts. “It is the powers that be in the United States of America. Its profiteers. War is for profit. It’s not to save the world for democracy or for king and country. No, it’s bullshit.”
“It’s for the profit of the top 10%, and the young people who see this film must recognize that for the future ‘blind faith in their leaders,’ as Bruce Springsteen said, “will get you dead.””
For many, this is very much a “no shit, Sherlock” revelation, but it’s a message that needs to be brought to as many people as possible.
As Major General Smedley Butler of the USMC recently said:
“War is a racket. It always has been.”
It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.
In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.
How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?”