Communism for Kids

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MIT Press, Mar 24, 2017 - Political Science - 112 pages
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Communism, capitalism, work, crisis, and the market, described in simple storybook terms and illustrated by drawings of adorable little revolutionaries.

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. 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.

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.” Before they know it, readers are learning about the economic history of feudalism, class struggles in capitalism, different ideas of communism, and more. Finally, competition between two factories leads to a crisis that the workers attempt to solve in six different ways (most of them borrowed from historic models of communist or socialist change). Each attempt fails, since true communism is not so easy after all. But it's also not that hard. At last, the people take everything into their own hands and decide for themselves how to continue. Happy ending? Only the future will tell. With an epilogue that goes deeper into the theoretical issues behind the story, this book is perfect for all ages and all who desire a better world.


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to the Gulag with you, comrade!

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I was writing a paper about economics and I needed a a source of information for my paper. I had scurried to web; and then I found this book. It was the home to all my answers. It was the gospel of economics! My prayers were answered! I donned my hammer and sickle and was ready to fight for the mother-land! but alas no, the soviet union had died years ago. And then, in that moment, i knew my purpose. I WILL BRING BACK THE SOVIET UNION!! JOIN ME COMRADES!! 

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What is Communism?
What is Capitalism
How Did Capitalism Arise?
What is Work?
What is the Market?
What is Crisis?
What is to be Done?
Communist Desire

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Bini Adamczak is a Berlin-based social theorist and artist. She writes on political theory, queer politics, and the past future of revolutions.

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