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I recently saw a dolphin show, one of the most sickening things I’ve ever experienced. Blackfish is an essential film, a look at these barbaric spectacles, mirrors of the destructive nature of capitalism and the moral void it produces and survives in. It’s a hard film to watch and it’s truly sad, almost as depressing as the live thing. We take our children to these killing water fields and we applaud our own captivity. People are hunted and jailed and tortured and displayed and tied down and trained to make profit, exactly like these dolphins and whales, and we pay to watch ourselves taken away from our nature and turned into workers and soldiers and killers, and then we cheer. We’re all used to this savagery, we’re partners in the crime that destroys life on earth and our own lives. We’ve lost everything. We are these dolphins.
"The Hunger Games" are real. If you’re familiar with the books and movies, or have at least heard of the "Hunger Games" phenomenon, you’re probably aware that the series tackles some pretty serious issues of poverty and economic inequality that hit way too close to home. If you’re not, here’s some background.
"The Hunger Games" takes place in the fictional world of Panem, which is a dystopian North America sometime in the far off future. All the wealth in the country is concentrated in the Capitol and people in the 12 districts are constantly in fear of starvation. Everything the people in the districts produce, whether it is coal, grain, machinery or clothing, is controlled by the Capitol. People are forbidden to hunt or grow their own food, thus relying on the Capitol’s meager grain and oil rations. To punish the people of Panem for District 13’s rebellion (the Capitol wiped out the region in a nuclear war), each year two teenage tributes from each of the 12 districts must sacrifice their lives in an arena where they fight to the death, with only one victor remaining.
While the story is fictional, it reminds us of a lot of the issues surrounding economic inequality we see today. Some sobering facts:
Nearly all—95%—of the income gains from 2009–2012 have been captured by the wealthiest 1%.
In recent years, the wealthiest 1% have gotten richer and richer, while the median household income is down 8% since 2000.
Wages and salaries now make up the lowest share of national income since 1966, while corporate profits are now the largest share of national income since 1950.
The federal minimum wage, $7.25, hasn’t risen since 2009. The tipped minimum wage, $2.13, hasn’t risen in two decades.
One in 6 people in America are hungry and 1 in 5 children are.
"The Hunger Games" bestseller books and blockbuster films represent a rare opportunity where these issues of social and economic justice are being widely discussed in pop culture and in homes across the United States.
Working families, union members and leaders are joining the online movement to lift up these issues of economic inequality and poverty using the “Hunger Games” as a jumping off point. Check out oddsinourfavor.org, where you can join the “resistance” and post a photo doing the “salute,” the symbol of solidarity of the working people.
Film still of Maria Montez from Cobra Woman d. Robert Siodmak (1944)
"The particular individual, so far as content is concerned, has also to go through the stages through which the general mind has passed, but as shapes once assumed by mind and now laid aside, as stages of a road which has been worked over and levelled out. Hence it is that, in the case of various kinds of knowledge, we find that what in former days occupied the energies of men of mature mental ability sinks to the level of information, exercises, and even pastimes, for children; and in this educational progress we can see the history of the world’s culture delineated in faint outline. This bygone mode of existence has already become an acquired possession of the general mind, which constitutes the substance of the individual, and, by thus appearing externally to him, furnishes his inorganic nature. In this respect culture or development of mind (Bildung), regarded from the side of the individual, consists in his acquiring what lies at his hand ready for him, in making its inorganic nature organic to himself, and taking possession of it for himself. Looked at, however, from the side of universal mind qua general spiritual substance, culture means nothing else than that this substance gives itself its own self-consciousness, brings about its own inherent process and its own reflection into self."
Preface to the Phenomenology of Spirit (1807)