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from Christian Science Monitor

Anarchy for children? A pro-anarchy kids’ book angers the Tea Party

‘A Rule is to Break: A Child’s Guide to Anarchy,’ by John Seven and Jana Christy, was called ‘downright shocking’ by a Tea Party publication and received a blurb from activist Bill Ayers.

Children’s books seem to be the center of controversy lately. First there was the 9/11 coloring book that depicted scenes from 9/11 and the killing of Osama bin Laden. Then there was “Maggie Goes on a Diet,” which encouraged young girls to diet.

This latest divisive children’s book has the Tea Party, Bill Ayers, and even President Obama ensnared in its controversial crosshairs.

A Rule is to Break: A Child’s Guide to Anarchy,” by husband-and-wife team John Seven and Jana Christy, has some readers up in arms, with one Tea Party publication calling its publication “downright shocking.”

Published by Manic D, a small San Francisco press specializing in anarchist and fringe publications including “The Civil Disobedience Handbook,” and “The International Homosexual Conspiracy,” this 44-page picture book for children ages 4 and up is the press’s first foray into children’s book publishing, according to Publisher’s Weekly.

Its colorfully-illustrated pages contain such advice as “Don’t look like everybody else! Be you,” “Think for Yourself!” “No Baths Ever Again!” and “Give Away Stuff for Free,” along with the more eyebrow-raising “When Someone Says, ‘Work!’ You Say Why?” and “Do What You Want!…Or do nothing, if you prefer.”

And while some see it as “gently humorous,” like the UK’s Guardian, and showing “the softer side of anarchy, with an emphasis on fun and independence, but also community and kindness,” like Publishers Weekly, others aren’t so amused.

A report in the Tea Party publication Liberty News Network calls the book “horrendous” and “downright shocking.”

But it gets even worse,” continues the write-up, “when we realize Bill Ayers, radical terrorist leftist and friend of Obama, not only endorsed it through his twitter account, his comments in support of the book are listed on the actual Amazon.com book page… Wow… If a person can be read by the company he keeps, what does this say about Obama?”

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…the book will probably win a Newbery and Caldecott Medal. *sigh*


  1. RightWinger

    December 14th, 2012

    I’ll be expecting them to publish Obama’s next 2 manuscripts, ‘Mein Kampf Deux” and “A Constitution is to Burn”.

    These of course will be required reading books for public schools in California once they are published.

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  2. Diann

    December 14th, 2012

    Given Occupy Wall Street, I would venture to say that “Everybody Poops” fits the bill too.

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  3. Dr. Tar

    December 14th, 2012

    I hope every Progressive parent purchases a copy for their own little Marxist monsters. They’re going to really enjoy Anarchy in the Home during the Winter Solstice this year.

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  4. Anonymous

    December 14th, 2012

    Couldn’t Ayers and Urkel come up with better ghostwriter names?

    Not sure we need a Meteor, but another Deluge may be in order.

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  5. J Frank Parnell

    December 14th, 2012

    Don’t worry, we have plenty of books on how to deal with anarcho-communists.

    They’re called Army Field Manuals.

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  6. Hotlanta Mike

    December 14th, 2012

    Progressive logic is so brilliant, let’s justify breaking the rules we don’t like so that we can establish rules that we like. Then those who don’t like the new tyrannical rules are equally justified in breaking them.

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  7. Billy Fuster

    December 14th, 2012

    Gee golly, it’s a good thing tea party republicans don’t break the rules. We want to keep obeying the tax laws so the federal government can keep doing their wonderful good deeds.

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  8. Anonymous

    December 14th, 2012

    It’s against the rules to whack an anarchist.

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  9. RosalindJ

    December 14th, 2012

    One more notch on the culture war’s bedpost (sorry for that). Tell me how it isn’t, if you’re a non-culture war believer.

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  10. CrustyB

    December 14th, 2012

    Given what government has become today I’m not quite sure I have a problem with this book.

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  11. RosalindJ

    December 14th, 2012

    I get your point, CrustyB. Doesn’t mean I like it though. When things develop to where this seems like a good idea, things might be seen to be circling the drain.

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