People they didn't tell you were communists in school: Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Helen Keller, Malcolm X, Malala Yousafzi, Nelson Mandela, WEB Du Bois, Tupac Shakur, Langston Hughes, Charlie Chaplin, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Carl Sagan, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Bertrand Russell, Pablo Picasso, Jack London, John Steinbeck, Upton Sinclair, Woody Guthrie, Paul Robeson, Kurt Vonnegut, Leo Tolstoy...
Another unexpected socialist: Lizzie Magie, who invented the board game Monopoly.
Magie was more accurately called a Georgist, which is kind of a proto-socialist movement in the US that advocated for working people to own the full value of what they produce and hold land in common, rather than have private property.
She called Monopoly "the Landlord's Game," and it demonstrated how private property robs from the poor and enriches owners.
The Parker Brothers (like the actual brothers) screwed her out of a patent by buying it from her for $500 and printing a small run of the Landlord's Game to secure the patent. Meanwhile Charles Darrow was falsely credited as the game's creator and he became a millionaire.
The anti-monopolist messages within the game were stripped out. A round of play that showed how all players could prosper if resources were shared was eliminated, and the game became winner take all.
@InternetEh The Landlord's Game/Monopoly...
Isn't it great (read: awful) how capitalists can strip games of their educational value and pump up the price in order to keep people ignorant enough of reality to keep paying the capitalists for stuff they never did?
@KitsuneAlicia the thing is it kinda became open source back in the day. People shared it on college campuses and people had homebrew versions with no written rules.
@InternetEh Oh, yeah, we know. But none of those really survived in a mainstream and easily-reproducible way. So we're glad to see this pop up like this.
Intersting reading. Do you have some sources to share?
@kirschwipfel I learned about Magie from the Dollop, an American history podcast
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