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December 14, 2012

Controversy Follows Manic D’s First Children’s Book

12751-2By Claire Kirch

With releases like The Civil Disobedience Handbook and the International Homosexual Conspiracy, it’s no surprise that Manic D, a San Francisco small press specializing in anarchist publications, would attract negative attention. But the press’s initial foray into children’s book publishing – a 44-page picture book for children ages 4+ – is igniting just as much controversy as any of its books for adult readers. Within days of the mid-November release of A Rule Is to Break: A Child’s Guide to Anarchy by husband-and-wife team John Seven and Jana Christy, the Liberty News Network, a Tea Party publication, published a report condemning the book’s existence. LNN writer Eric Odom stated that it was “downright shocking” that such a book had been published.

A Rule Is to Break contains such advice as “When Someone Says, ‘Work!’ You Say Why?,” “Think for Yourself!,” and “Give Away Stuff for Free.” “Do What You Want!” declares the penultimate page, with the last page expressing truly anarchist sentiments of self-determination, by concluding, “Or do nothing, if you prefer.”

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