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  •  It was the privileged populace's uncaring greed (0+ / 0-)

    ... that led them to create the "game."

    The act of forcing boundary crossing is being done so some money hoarders won't have to pay their fair share of taxes.

    This forced boundary crossing will be a direct causative factor, and it is known a-priori that it will happen.

    How many extra children will die each year from among those forced to cross rival gang boundaries for the sake of the wealth hoarder's hoards?

    Is it OK, if it's "only" 4 or 5, you know, since it's just a "side-effect"?  Heck, "only" 23 chosen children are killed each year in the Hunger Games. Would the city have to reach that number of extra murdered children each year to trigger a scintilla of caring?

    Sure, it's not happening as a spectator sport, but it is happening as a means of keeping the privileged populace happy. That's the only real difference, morally. And it's pretty thin soup.

    •  Batya... (1+ / 0-)
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      radical simplicity

      I have to hand it to you, you're the most persistent concern troll I've encountered on DK. Hat tipped in your direction.

      "Your conspiracy theories won't work without evidence." -Nasir Jones

      by Tristero 312 on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 12:54:51 PM PST

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      •  You do me too much credit for forethought. (0+ / 0-)

        Seriously, I didn't anticipate this turning into a side argument, and probably should have stopped once it became one.  I get unduly distressed by analogies that bother me.

        Will I stop now?  I don't know either!  Let's find out.

    •  How many times do I have to repeat (0+ / 0-)

      that the real issue in the diary IS TERRIBLE AND SHOULD BE STOPPED before you hear me?

      My response to you has nothing to do with moral comparison.  I am countering your misinterpretation of the books, which by this time has turned into factual error; the game was not created by the privileged populace at all, and its purpose had nothing to do with greed.

      You're bending over backwards to assert that these things are the same, when (a) they are not, and (b) seriously, do you have to insist -- and do I have to agree -- that this real-life event resembles a fictional story in order to demonstrate that (one more time) IT IS TERRIBLE AND SHOULD BE STOPPED?

      •  We clearly interpret the story differently (0+ / 0-)

        I don't think it's valid to state that either has misinterpreted it. So we'll just have to agree to disagree on that.

        In the mean time, for effective communication, the use of popular cultural references as familiar "hooks" can help people recognize a moral issue that would not ordinarily capture their attention. It's valid to use well-known stories as metaphors in showing that there is a significant moral issue with a particular policy proposal.

        •  Fair enough, re differing interpretations. (1+ / 0-)
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          And if the metaphor works for enough people -- to bring home how terrible this is or even just to get their attention in the first place -- then it isn't really important whether or not it works for me personally.

          Judging by the comments here, it seems to be working for most.

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