Karl Marx, Karl Marx, What Do You See?
Bill Martin is the author of the beloved children's book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
. But when a member of the Texas state Board of Education Googled Bill Martin, he came up with the mistaken belief that the Brown Bear
author also wrote a book called Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation
. Last week, he banned Brown Bear from Texas schools because it was obviously a Marxist recruiting tool
. But that is another Bill Martin. DadWagon has an interview
with the Marxist Bill Martin about the unrelated Bill Martin's Brown Bear
. It's very entertaining:
Clearly Brown Bear is about the interconnectedness of the animal world, and also the idea of looking around. But “seeing” is not quite as transparent a question as one would think. One interesting thing that the book raises is that some animals, such as humans, are set up to see in a predatory way—our eyes, and the eyes of bears, are aimed straight ahead. But there isn’t any predation in Brown Bear, these animals are just looking around taking note of each other and appreciating each other. So maybe that is good “communist” literature for children.
(Many thanks to Slog Tipper Michael.)