Hasbro’s Monopoly Socialism board game is facing some strong criticism online

Rutgers University professor Nick Kapur says the game is “woefully ill-informed” about the concept of socialism.

Monopoly Socialism

Monopoly Socialism, the newest edition of Hasbro’s popular board game, is coming up against some criticism.

Shortly after the launch of Monopoly Socialism, which parodies the concept of socialism, a number of critics have taken online to share their negative comments about the game. The most prominent among these detractors is Nick Kapur, an assistant professor of History at Rutgers University whose viral thread on Twitter got very deep into the socialism-themed Monopoly game.

At the beginning of his lengthy thread, Kapur called Monopoly Socialism “mean-spirited” and “woefully ill-informed” because of its very poor understanding of what socialism really is.

As expected, there are people who have the same opinion as Kapur.

But since Monopoly Socialism is branded as a parody, it appears that there are more people who think that the inconsistencies and lapses of the game should only be regarded as part of its satire.

Funnily enough, instead of getting dissuaded, lots of Twitter users became more interested in buying the game after reading Kapur’s impassioned thread.

Monopoly Socialism, which for some reason is not featured on the Hasbro website, retails at Target for $19.99. Below is the game’s description:

“In the Monopoly Socialism game 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. But nobody said that cooperation is easy! 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!”

Sources: Splinter News
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