Crime and Punishment in North America and the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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It is the most cruel, undemocratic and militaristic form of capitalism (Naiman, 2012). It consists of an all powering totalitarian government, which controls the people, nation and the economy. Fascism can occur in any capitalist society under certain conditions, and occurs as a gradual shift with the growth of fascist beliefs and values. Large corporations can operate freely and gain control over the economy, while the citizens are strictly controlled and live within a policed state. Fascism emphasizes a strong leader and state, but opposes human rights and democracy. It also promotes fear in the general population, and crime and punishment are more common (Naiman, 2012).
The Hunger Games is the story of a leader, President Snow, who rules from the Capitol where he oppresses the 12 districts that make up Panem. Democracy & freedom are replaced by a modern dictatorship based on surveillance, police oppression and a division of social classes. The rich and elite owning class thrives on the backs of the citizens of the Districts, who in contrast are close to starvation. This is evident in one scene where Katniss Everdeen states that it would take her days to prepare one meal that those living in the Capitol would eat. To preserve their social order, the Capitol relies on a massive police force called The Peacekeepers, who are always ready to repress any kind of uprising. They…

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