“Once upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism. How could their dreams come true?” begins the overview of the just-released book, "Communism for Kids."
Its pages are filled with princesses, a talking chair and fancy swords — and hopes to teach young children about the crisis of capitalism.
Written by Bini Adamczak, a Berlin-based social theorist and artist, the book “presents political theory in the simple terms of a children’s story,” brought to life by illustrations of “lovable little revolutionaries experiencing their political awakening.”
As it paints a trajectory of the struggle against capitalism in the pursuit of communism, it also weaves through the economic history of feudalism, major class struggles in capitalism and different ideas of communism.
“Happy ending? Only the future will tell,” ends the book’s overview.
The book comes amid the growing discontent with capitalism among the world’s youth.
According to a recent survey conducted last year by Harvard University, 51 percent of U.S. citizens between 18 and 29 do not support capitalism. In fact, the survey found that 33 percent of young people support socialism.
In 2011, the Pew Research Center found that almost half of the people polled were dismayed with the free-market system.
In addition, data released last year by the General Social Survey found that more millennials identify as working class than any other generation in recent history.
According to the data compiled over the course of the last 40 years, millennials identify more with working-class positions than any other group.
“This delightful little book may be helpful in showing youngsters there are other forms of life and living than the one we currently ‘enjoy’ … At a time when our younger generations are not only dissatisfied but active enough to have some new thoughts of their own and to look around seriously for alternatives, political pedagogy has a real function and might well, as here, be reinvented in new ways,” said Fredric R. Jameson, a professor at Duke University, of the book.