"Winning is for capitalists" – that's the motto of the recently released socialist parody of Monopoly game. The game, released by Hasbro and available for $19.99 – yes, the American Dollars, capitalists and imperialists money – has a completely different goal than the one from the original version.
While in the original Monopoly game, the purpose was to gain and accumulate as much money, land and properties as possible, the socialist version has different goals.
"Players move around the board working together to make a better community by managing and contributing to projects such as a no-tip vegan restaurant, an all-winners school, or a museum of co-creation," just to quote from the game's description available at Target website.
But even in the game where the socialist ideals are the most important, there are obstacles, too. "You'll have issues with your neighbors, your DIY community projects go awry, you're constantly voting to shake things up, and there's always an emergency that requires dipping into the Community Fund," just another quote from Target's website where the game is available for sale.
Hilarious or not, the game was met by various opinions.
Some people accuse it of being "stupid," while others say that it really shows how socialism in practice looks like.
Nick Kapur for instance, a history professor and author of a book about postwar Japan, wrote on Twitter that "this game is entirely uninterested in trying to understand what socialism actually is and how it might function."
He also added that all game's references to healthy food and veganism "lack any clear connection to socialism" and they are there only because they "are odious things that are fun to mock” for some people.
But the others, like Francisco Javier from Venezuela – yet another country where the socialist ideals went wrong - praised it. He wrote on his Twitter account, that everything that this game portrays actually "happens in every single socialist country."
He also added that he would love to buy it, but he can't, as he has "only money for the food," and nothing more.
I bought a copy of Hasbro's mean-spirited and woefully ill-informed "MONOPOLY: SOCIALISM" board game so you don't have to - a thread 1/ pic.twitter.com/YhZWDjkAnj— Nick Kapur (@nick_kapur) August 21, 2019