Eight Economic Myths of Santa Claus: Elves of the World Unite!

This is one of the most imaginative and insightful Marxian analysis about the story of Santa Claus we’ve ever seen. The author points out how the story reproduces capitalist propaganda about happy labor (elves), the spontaneous generation of wealth and the ahistorical nature of how commodities are generated. After reading this, you’ll have to tell your kid a whole new story! We’re re-posting this two years after we first posted it.

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About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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