Communist Manifesto To Become Comic Book. Right Already Rages, Claims Conspiracy.


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The Communist Manifesto IllustratedA professor at Carleton University is creating a four-part comic book series on The Communist Manifesto featuring the works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.  The plan according to Professor George Rigakos is to use the publication to help teach in his class and encourage public discourse.

I am also hoping that this approach will spark a more informed discourse by the general public about a political pamphlet that forged the ideological foundations for one of the most idealistic yet repressive eras of human history.

The first volume was released about a week ago.  Rigakos says with barely advertising there’s already been requests from England and Germany.  Professor Rigakos, who is an associate professor in the Department of Law, researches in the area of political economy and policing is also head of the editorial collective for Red Quill Books, a peer-reviewed publishing house.  The publishing group is committed to the support of critical political economy, sociology, criminology, legal studies and social science research.

Red Quill Books has also published such works as Saving Global Capitalism: Interrogating Austerity and Working Class Responses to Crises.

What began as an unprecedented housing meltdown centered in the United States in the summer of 2007, quickly turned into a global insolvency crisis throughout 2008, and later the most significant economic crisis since the Great Depression. Despite monumental bailouts and extraordinary coordination by all major capitalist countries led by the U.S. Treasury, the public purse that salvaged the making of global capitalism is now being undermined by the very financial markets that were rescued. A new wave of austerity is sweeping the globe. With a further slide into recession possible in 2011, a social crisis is brewing as the working class continues to shoulder the burden of the economic crisis.  The articles in this issue scrutinize the austerity responses of governments around the world designed to kick-start capital accumulation and recreate a suitable environment for business investment. The contributors to this collection provide a vivid portrait of working class discontent in an era of increasing capitalist militancy.

A critical analysis that raged against the bank bailouts some on the right, and more specifically Tea Party members are raging against.

Rigakos was inspired by the comics and graphic novels he read as a child.

Taking on historical works or events and adapting them into comic books is nothing new.  Numerous texts that can be considered right and left have had their turn with comic adaptations.  And such an important piece of history such as the Manifesto should be no exception to be translated into this entertainment medium.  But, that hasn’t stopped the outrage from beginning from the right.

With their panties already in a bunch over this news the blog posts are flying and I’m sure will replicate and spread.  The Astute Bloggers, who you might remember for raging against Batman hiring a Muslim, had a post up calling this part of the left-wing conspiracy to take over the education system.  From that webiste:

INSANE?

NOPE.

CLEVER PROPAGANDA.

THEY WANT TO BRAINWASH OUR KIDS – LIKE THEY BRAINWASHED ME – BUT ONLY YOUNGER AND YOUNGER.

TO DEFEAT THE LEFT WE NEED TO DEMAND AND WIN INTELLECTUAL DIVERSITY IN THE ACADEMY AND IN THE MEDIA.

But interestingly enough, who does the blog link to for inspiration and more on the topic of education?  That’d be David Horowitz‘s Freedom CenterAn hour ago we covered Horowitz and his NewsRealBlog who also raged against Batman, a topic The Astute Bloggers has previously taken on…

Forget a left-wing conspiracy, with these links flying back and forth we have connect the dots going on the right!

Below is a trailer for the comic book series.