The Lorax is a banned book in the United States, as it is considered too critical of capitalism.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is a classic children’s book that has been popular for decades. However, the tale of the Once-ler and his greedy ways has become increasingly controversial over time. The Lorax was written in 1971, but it wasn’t until 2012 that the book became banned in certain areas of the United States. The reason for this was due to its criticism of capitalism and industry.
In 2012, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill banning The Lorax from public schools in her state. Governor Brewer claimed that she didn’t want to ban the book outright, but instead wanted to protect students from being exposed to “a book with an agenda that seeks to brainwash children into believing that capitalism is bad”.
While this may seem like an extreme move on behalf of Governor Brewer, it actually follows a similar ban by the school board in Barrow County, Georgia back in 2010. That year, a parent had complained about The Lorax after her child brought home a copy from school. She felt that it promoted anti-business values and therefore had no place on school grounds.