An example of a Financial World run by Milton Friedman Economic Thinking by looking at the Hunger Games

In Milton Friedman’s world, profits are god—more important than an end to poverty, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To Milton Friedman thinking, the only way to end poverty is for the top 1% to earn more than the bottom 99%, and to see that those earnings for the 1% continue to increase while the net worth of the 99% continues to shrink.

And here’s a perfect example of how this thinking works: The Hunger Games franchise.

The latest Hunger Games film, Mockingjay  – Part 1,  came out on November 21, and the next day, Saturday, I read a major media financial news piece about  how this film was a loser, because it didn’t earn more money its first weekend than the previous Hunger Games film, Catching Fire.  Before I reached the end of this piece, it mentioned how the stock prices had dropped for the production company behind the film due to this horrible opening.

Now for a dose of reality—production costs for all three films compared to the total box office to the date of this post:

The Hunger Games cost $78 million to produce, but total global box office earnings reached $692.3 million its first 168 days.

Did this film lose money, and what was the profit margin?

Catching Fire cost $130 million, but total global box office earnings reached $864.9 million in its first 133 days

Did this film lose money, and what was the profit margin?

Mockingjay – Part 1 cost $125 million, but total global box office earnings reached $480 million in 10 days.

Did this film lose money, and what was the profit margin?

Does Mockingjay – Part 1 look like a loser to you? It does to anyone who worships at the altar of Milton Friedman, because profits must always show an improvement over the last quarter. There is no room for DOWN. There is only room for UP.

To Milton Freedom, Greed is god, but what does the Bible say about Greed?

That is what Milton Friedman economic thinking looks like—if you worship at Milton Friedman’s altar of GREED, you worship wealth acquisition anyway you can get it even if those methods cause the extinction of homo sapiens by destroying the earth’s environment.

For instance, the Tea Party movement, funded by the devout Catholic, professed libertarian Koch brothers, is not interested in facts, truth or reality. The Tea Party was born on a platform of lower taxes and less spending ONLY after Obama—an African-American—was elected president, who is, surprise, surprise, a Milton Friedman neo-liberal.

No one who follows the Tea Party movement blindly will mention, discuss or admit that three GOP presidents since 1945, are responsible for 62% of the federal National Debt of $17.9 Trillion: Presidents Reagan and the two Bushes, and it was Reagan who ushered in the era of Milton Friedman economics that is a major force behind the corporate war on the public schools in the United States.

There have been 12 presidents since 1945 starting with Truman.

The federal National Debt this morning hit about $17.9 Trillion, and $10.64 Trillion of that debt came from those three GOP presidents thanks to Milton Friedman’s insane theory of greed-based economics.

By the way, the Koch brothers are also funding the propaganda campaign to deny that Global Warming is caused by carbon emissions. Guess what the foundation of their great wealth is based on?


And don’t expect anyone who worships at Milton Friedman’s altar of greed to mention the country that reduced global poverty  by 90 percent in the last 30 years—Communist China.

Milton Friedman thinking leads to Disaster Capitalism


Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran,
who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).


His third book is Crazy is Normal, a classroom exposé, a memoir. “Lofthouse presents us with grungy classrooms, kids who don’t want to be in school, and the consequences of growing up in a hardscrabble world. While some parents support his efforts, many sabotage them—and isolated administrators make the work of Lofthouse and his peers even more difficult.” – Bruce Reeves

Lofthouse’s first novel was the award winning historical fiction My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. His second novel was the award winning thriller Running with the Enemy. His short story A Night at the “Well of Purity” was named a finalist of the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards. His wife is Anchee Min, the international, best-selling, award winning author of Red Azalea, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (1992).

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11 responses to “An example of a Financial World run by Milton Friedman Economic Thinking by looking at the Hunger Games”

  1. To the person who typed OP. You’re an absolute idiot and your comprehension skills are a troubling worry to the gene pool. Don’t breed

    1. To Don Wolfberg. Look in a mirror. It takes one to know one. One has to be an idiot to call someone else an idiot. I don’t know you well enough to sling crap at you. I wrote the OpEd. I stand by it. Greed is not good.

      What Alt-Right Hate media site do you follow where you learned how to communicate like a deplorable troll?

      Are you one of Donald Trump’s supporters?

  2. Naomi Klein’s 2007 book “The Shock Doctrine” is a must read if you want to understand the impact of Milton Freedman’s ideology on the world over the last ten years. It is a hard, but very necessary, read.

    1. Thanks for this. I went looking for a book trailer on YouTube and found a video of her talking at Powell Books in Portland, Oregon, that runs more than an hour and a half. Portland, by the way, is known as the city of books and there are a lot of avid readers who live there.

      There was also a shorter video that summarized what shock doctrine is, and I posted it first.

      Milton Friedman is mentioned at about 2:30: Friedman believed in a radical vision of society in which profit and the market drives every aspect of life from schools, health care and even the Army.

      Milton Friedman said, “Only a crises actual or perceived produces real change.” But Naomi Klein says the best way to resist is through information. By being informed you make yourself resistant to Milton Friedman’s shock doctrine.

  3. Reblogged this on Crazy Normal – the Classroom Exposé and commented:

    President Reagan ushered in the era of Milton Friedman economics that is a major force behind the corporate war on the public schools in the United States.

  4. Milton Friedman is a moron. I tried to read one of his books. It was so appalling, I got slightly nauseated and had to stop. I never finished the book and will never start another.

    1. But most of the 1% worship Milton Friedman—and anyone who worships the 1%—because his theory justifies their destroying the world by increasing global hunger and poverty while claiming that if they, the 1%, become wealthier and more powerful, that will help end poverty—because Milton Friedman said so and he won the Nobel in Economics.

      I wonder how many people know who awards the Nobel prizes? Six, old, white Scandinavians from Norway. There is no global prize committed made up of all ethnic groups and nationalities. Just a handful of older Norwegians.

      1. I try very hard not to think about this stuff because all it does is make me grind my teeth … and I can’t afford to lose any more teeth. I have few enough remaining.

        If you look at Nobel Prize winners in literature and other non-science/math winners, you will see obscurity defined. There are books no one reads, plays no one likes. Peace that lasted until the ceremony ended. It’s total bullshit and worse each year. Maybe 60 years ago, it meant more than it does now, but then again, maybe not. Look who founded the awards. That should tell you something.

      2. Lots of propaganda and PR made the Nobel what it is. I don’t grind my teeth while I’m awake. Only when I’m sleeping, and then I wear a tooth guard. Before that, I was destroying me teeth while sleeping and didn’t know it.

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