From the bad idea department: ‘Communism For Kids’

Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon reports on criticism surrounding a controversial new book.

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is blasting MIT Press for its new book Communism for Kids, arguing the book “whitewashes” a deadly ideology that has led to the deaths of 100 million people.

MIT Press recently published the book, written by German author Bini Adamczak, which uses cartoon drawings of “lovable little revolutionaries” arguing capitalism is evil and communism is “not that hard.”

In a letter sent to Amy Brand, the director of MIT Press, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation said the university would be better served exposing the dangers of communist ideologies.

“While I can imagine a book so titled that would make a valuable contribution to a reader’s understanding of the truth about communism, the book MIT Press published is not it,” wrote Marion Smith, executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, in a letter last week. “Communism for Kids whitewashes and infantilizes ideas that, when put into action, have cost more than 100 million lives.” …

… The book makes no mention of brutal dictators such as Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union, Mao Tse Tung’s “Great Leap Forward” in China, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in Cuba, all who are responsible for the deaths of millions.

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