APRIL 2012 ISSUE

Vol. 1, No. 4: April 2012

APRIL FOOLS ISSUE

Epistolary Foreword: April Fools! – Paul Odradek

CRITICISM

Francis Bacon’s Inside-Out Philosophy – Holgrave

Macaulay, Whig Historian – Bede Adulescens

Check Your Humanity at the Gate of Walden Two – Holgrave

Michael O’Brien, the Catholic Tim LaHaye – N. W. Smith

When Is a Book Review Not a Book Review? When It’s a Review of Dave Eggers’s Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Paul Odradek

Starving on Nihilism: The Moral Vacuum of The Hunger Games – Sordello

DESULTORY RAVINGS

The Unthinking Christian’s Whig History – Bede Adulescens

LAST THOUGHTS

Burckhardt on the Weapon of Ridicule

Starving on Nihilism: The Moral Vacuum of The Hunger Games

Cover of "The Hunger Games" by Susanne Collins

The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Scholastic, 2010
384 pages, paperback, $8.99

(Given the wide-spread popularity of The Hunger Games and the multiplicity of reviews of it, this review will not summarize its plot; the reader can find a summary here.)

The Hunger Games presents its readers with a nihilistic world in which evil actions can be excused based on necessity. It accurately portrays the potential endgame of a big, centralized government and a population addicted to mass-media entertainment. In such a world, survival becomes the basis of morality and people mere objects in the pursuit of survival. While such a Machiavellian ethic seems realistic given the situation in which Suzanne Collins places her characters, she presents no alternative ethic. Instead, she crafts the plot to mitigate, as much a possible, the moral culpability of her protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. Continue reading Starving on Nihilism: The Moral Vacuum of The Hunger Games