Wednesday, June 28, 2017

"Communism for Kids"? Who Thinks THAT Is a Good Idea?

The Los Angeles Review of Books, where I found the following, does, apparently:
BINI ADAMCZAK’S Communism for Kids isn’t just for kids. The book is meant for readers of all ages, but its style is deliberately naïve. Adamczak addresses everyone as children in order to awaken their childlike sense of imagination and ability to dream. She reminds them that the world has not always been this way, and need not stay as it is. Adopting the language of make-believe, Adamczak introduces the problem posed by capitalism so those still young at heart might arrive at a solution. “[G]enuine fairy tales,” the Marxist critic Siegfried Kracauer maintained during the Weimar years, “are not stories about miracles but rather announcements of the miraculous advent of justice.”
You know what's make-believe? The glories of utopian Marxism. The real life story, of course, is a litany of terror, despotism and piles of bloody corpses.

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