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Wal-Mart for Dummies

While following up on Badger's idea of a Feminism for Dummies book, I happened to discover this: you can order Marx for Beginners from WalMart.com!

Here's Wal-Mart on Marx:

Marx for Beginners describes the origins and evolution of all those rabble-rousing notions about capital, labor, the proletariat, the bourgeoisie, class struggle, socialism--everything that went into making The Communist Manifesto one of the landmark publishing events of its time and the blueprint for a generation of social and political change.

What the blurb leaves out is that it's the nonfiction equivalent of a graphic novel by beloved Mexican cartoonist Rius. Like most of his work and the rest of the "for beginners" series he inspired, it's worth a read even if you disagree with his politics or his somewhat simplified and badly dated view of intellectual history. (Hmm -- looks like Pantheon cherry-picked the Marx, Darwin, Einstein and Freud titles from the series, originally published in English by Writers and Readers.)

Alas, Mao for Beginners is out of stock at Wal-Mart.

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Comments

Hey, Wal-Mart is getting its own movie. Although the trailer doesn't give me much hope -- I love to hate Wal-Mart as much as the next greenie cultural snob, but surely one could find something of more substance to put in the trailer than malevolent smiley faces whooshing around a fading American eagle.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2005.06.25
As a Field Producer for the movie, WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price,I would like to address the concern about lack of content in the film's trailer. Wal-Mart would like nothing more than to know exactly what's going to be in the film. Then they could put their professional spin doctors to work and put out more lies to refute the film. I don't know of anyone who sees a movies or chooses not to see a movie based on the content in a trailer. The title of the movie should says it all.

Tom Boese [tomboe cxe sbcglobal punkto net] • 2005.09.18
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