Little Red Books Take Manhattan

Thanks to collector Justin G. Schiller, many editions of The Quotations of Mao Zedong are now on display in NYC. Read his thoughts on The Little Red Book.


Weekend Heller: This Means War!

“War and Propaganda 14/18”, a new exhibition, provides insight into the broad spectrum of mass manipulation in everything from posters to children's toys carried out during the period in question.


Split Personality Fascism

This cover of Gioventu Fascista, the journal of Mussolini's Italian Fascist youth organization, was later known for his highly stylized, art deco depictions of the "new youth."

North Korea today.

Game of Flags: American Flag Propaganda

Poor Old Glory has been a staple of propaganda posters for as long as anyone (well anyone standing around me at the moment) can recall. American Flag propaganda is having its symbolic moment again, brought back as the object of hatred in anti-American propaganda in a certain small nation dictated by a certain 29...

What Is Propaganda – Part 2?

Back in the 1940s, Donald Duck, quoted in a GI instructional manual, declared “Propaganda” revolved around ideas of communications control. These notions were put forth by master media manipulator (the Karl Rove of his day) Dr. Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Enlightenment: “I think of the press as a great keyboard...