MIT Press Publishes 'Communism For Kids' To Outrage Of Conservatives

Zachary Volkert

MIT Press has unleashed a wave of conservative outrage over the publication of Communism for Kids, a children's guide that seeks to explain the ideas of anti-capitalist thought to a younger generation.

Voices in conservative media, from Alex Jones to Washington Times, are outraged that MIT Press has published a book called 'Communism for Kids,' a fairy tale that seeks to explain alternative economic and political philosophies to capitalism.

Using the format of a children's story, author Bini Adamczak has created a group of "lovable little revolutionaries experiencing their political awakening" to break down the core tenants of communism and divorce it from figures like Joseph Stalin and Pol Pot. While MIT Press' description sounds more like a fable than a pamphlet, it seems that the actual work is a little bit of both.

"Once upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism. How could their dreams come true? This little book proposes a different kind of communism, one that is true to its ideals and free from authoritarianism."

While the book may be rocketing to the top of the "communism and socialism" section of Amazon.com, it's getting a heavy push back from conservative media. One particularly scathing article from Washington Times ranted about how Communism for Kids was more than just your "regular red-minded, communist-loving, theory-driven drivel."

"Oh, how nice, leave it to the intellectuals to once again, make lemons out of lemonade — freedom out of Communism... MIT Press, that supposed bastion of scientific thought, the place where the brainiacs flock and fly... has just put out a new book aimed at the kiddie market... But what's the sequel, you think — Dictatorships for Dummies?"

Most of the articles also took the opportunity to discredit Bini Adamczak by noting the author's work in queer politics.

"Every time someone says they 'perverted the theory', or that 'this is true communism', I load my gun and hide my wallet. Communism is social CANCER. It was made to fail, it was designed to be perverted. If you think a government should have enough power to take people's possessions and 'redistribute them', congratulations, you've just supported an autocratic dictatorship, as it ALWAYS HAPPENS, EVERY TIME AND EVERYWHERE IT WAS IMPLEMENTED."

Beyond the world of children's literature, interest in understanding left-wing politics has also grown steadily in the United States among adults. Between the candidacy of social Democrat Bernie Sanders and the election of Donald Trump, advocates of revolutionary politics have been vindicated by a resurgence in far-left ideals. Patrick Iber penned an article for The Nation analyzing the trend.

"Sanders's success with young voters reveals a bimodal distribution of socialist enthusiasm. The old guard that came of age in the 1960s, like San­ders, has now been met by a growing influx of organizers from the ranks of those born after 1980, people who have entered the workforce during years marked by varying degrees of capitalist crisis. The ABCs of Socialism, edited by Jacobin founder Bhaskar Sunkara, and The Future We Want, edited by Sunkara and The Nation's Sarah Leonard, offer us some insights into the ways in which this new generation is attempting to redefine the socialist tradition for the 21st century."

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