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A cheeky introduction to Marxism and socialism for everyone fed up with their capitalist woes.

Millennials have it bad. They face the problems of underemployment, unaffordable housing, and economists who write crap columns telling them it’s their fault for taking an Uber to brunch. Today the future’s so dark we need night vision goggles, not a few liberal guys shining a torch on a sandwich. Maybe today we could use the light of Karl Marx.

Marx may not have had much to say about brunch in the twenty-first century, but he sure had some powerful thoughts about where the system of capitalism would land us. Over time, it would produce a series of crises, he said, before pushing the wealth so decisively up that the top-heavy system would come crashing down with a push.

Pushy old communist Helen Razer offers an introduction to the thought of Marx for Millennials and anyone else tired of wage stagnation, growing global poverty, and economists writing desperate columns saying everything would work better if only we stopped eating avocado toast.


Razer provides a reassuringly irascible presence, energetic, humorous, and cheerfully vulgar...A relevant, approachable guide to socialism’s continued value as “largely a tool for understanding capitalism.”

Kirkus Reviews

For a generation experiencing the morbid symptoms of the free-market in crisis, this is just the book.

Sydney Morning Herald

Razer’s description of the economics of her life is engaging and educational, and she toggles neatly between personal example and the larger crisis.

Weekend Australian

About the Author

Helen Razer

Posted by Dundurn Guest on February 18, 2020
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Helen Razer

Helen Razer has been broadcasting and writing her way into disagreements of various scales for over two decades in Australia. She is the author of several previous books of humorous non-fiction and has contributed to the Age, the Australian, Crikey, and the Saturday Paper