[4/16/17] “Once upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism. How could their dreams come true?”
That’s how the promotion for a new book for kids about the wonders of communism starts out.
The book, penned by German author Bini Adamczak and translated by Jacob Blumenfeld and Sophie Lewis, teaches children the tenets of Karl Marx through a series of fairy tales.
Adamczak reportedly specializes in political theory and “queer politics.”
His thesis is that communism is “not that hard” but has not been implemented in the right way.
“This little book proposes a different kind of communism, one that is true to its ideals and free from authoritarianism,” according to the jacket description.
The book uses cartoon drawings of “lovable little revolutionaries” to help convince kids of the “evils” of capitalism.
“Offering relief for many who have been numbed by Marxist exegesis and given headaches by the earnest pompousness of socialist politics, it presents political theory in the simple terms of a children’s story, accompanied by illustrations of lovable little revolutionaries experiencing their political awakening,” MIT Press states.
“It all unfolds like a story, with jealous princesses, fancy swords, displaced peasants, mean bosses, and tired workers – not to mention a Ouija board, a talking chair, and a big pot called ‘the state,’” the jacket description continues.
“Before they know it, readers are learning about the economic history of feudalism, class struggles in capitalism, different ideas of communism, and more,” MIT Press states.