MIT PUBLISHES ‘COMMUNISM FOR KIDS’

MIT PUBLISHES ‘COMMUNISM FOR KIDS’


by Trey Elmore  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 11, 2017

Book pushes communist ideology onto youth

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (ChurchMilitant.com) – An ivy-league school has published a book pushing the ideology of communism onto young children. Titled Communism for Kids, the book is authored by social theorist and Berliner Bini Adamczak, and is published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The synopsis explains that the book “presents political theory in the simple terms of a children’s story.”

An excerpt from the book, however, makes clear the book is hardly child-friendly: “Such is the fetish character of commodity relations, which dis-articulates the social character of production and reproduction, tempting us to perceive both as merely technical-economic prerequisites of exchange.”

Even though the book’s title and cover image, featuring a doodle-like image of two wide-eyed girls, give the impression that children are the target audience, Amazon product details claims that the age range of the book is “18 and up.”

The book argues that communism, “true communism,” as it were, hasn’t yet been achieved.

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The popes of the past century, stretching from Pope Leo XIII to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, have condemned communism on at least 13 different occasions. Pope Leo XIII on many occasions condemned the ideology, and this was before the horrors of Pol Pot or the Soviet Union, before socialism gained the power of the State, which would be used to kill a hundred million people through the course of the 20th century.

What later popes have called the “peerless encyclical” and the magna carta of Christian social thought on the condition of workers, Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum, states:

The socialists, therefore, in setting aside the parent and setting up a State supervision, act against natural justice and destroy the structure of the home. And in addition to injustice, it is only too evident what an upset and disturbance there would be in all classes, and to how intolerable and hateful a slavery citizens would be subjected.

In recent years, socialism and communism may have lost some of their stigma, particularly among younger Americans. Millionnaire filmmaker Michael Moore and his 2009 film Capitalism: A Love Story brought criticism of capitalism to mainstream movie-going audiences. The film also gave early exposure to the senator who would go on to be the first self-professed “democratic socialist” presidential candidate and favorite among millennials, Bernie Sanders.

Despite more benign and seemingly harmless contemporary packaging, despite vague and scarcely relevant distinctions between socialism and communism apologists of the Left may appeal to, the history of the past century has witnessed some of the most lethal regimes ever to exist. These regimes gained power through the participation of what KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov referred to as “useful idiots.”

Venerable Abp. Fulton Sheen gave several talks on the subject of communism, an ideology he vociferously condemned. To illustrate the utilitarian disregard for individual dignity or life, Abp. Sheen recalls the main character of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Rodion Raskolnikov:

[H]e’s interested in the masses. He’s concerned about the poor. He wants to build up a social system. He’s concerned with the proletariat, and this new social system that loves the masses, must be built up, but in order to build it up, says Raskolnikov, you have to have money. So he kills a poor old woman pawnbroker, to get money to establish his socialistic state. And he argues, “she was vermin anyway.” You see the system, you kill one you aid a thousand of the masses, that’s simple arithmetic. That’s communism. No concern whatever for the individual person. All that matters is the party state, the totalitarian structure, and hence that individual, wherever they be, in Poland, Hungary, Albania, anywhere else, let them be wiped out. All that matters is the regime that professes to love the poor and tramples on them.

 

Trey Elmore is a production assistant on the News Team.

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