Communism for Kids, Reading by Bini Adamczak

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This book presents political theory in the simple terms of a children’s story, offering relief for many who have been numbed by Marxist exegesis and given headaches by the earnest pompousness of socialist politics. It proposes a different kind of communism, one that is true to its ideals and free from authoritarianism. Adamczak illustrated herself the story, showing lovable little revolutionaries experiencing their political awakening. In an epilogue, the text leaves the genre of children’s literature, to provide theoretical justification about the various forms of anti-capitalist critique. In March 2017, the volume was published in English by the MIT Press, which led to vehement protests from the US alt-right and conservative circles who saw the book as an attempt to corrupt America’s youth. Among others, the LA Review of Books praised the opus.

Bini Adamczak (Berlin, 1979) is a Berlin-based social theorist and artist. She writes on political theory, queer politics, and the past future of revolutions. She coined an antonym of “penetration”: circlusion, conjuring a speculative shift in the framing of sexual power and politics, by assuming agency around the acts of enclosing, encircling, engulfing. She is a member of the Jour Fixe initiative berlin. She published “Past Future: On the Loneliness of Communist Specters and the Reconstruction of Tomorrow”, a performative and political work of mourning, and two books, not translated in English, at the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution.


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