Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure. We must all do more to help stop this western corporate arrogance that puts the future generations lives in despair. @BruceKGagnon

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Long time strategy of building fear of Russia



Art: Arthur Johnson, 1934

A satirical map warning against the dangers of spreading Communism. Europe (metaphorically, as a woman) awakens to an infestation of red bedbugs, each with the Soviet star on its back. Her plight is mirrored by the map behind her, showing the "vermin" not only in Russia and Eastern Europe, but Spain, France, England, the Scandinavian countries - and at the borders of Germany. 

Kladderadatsch was a satirical German magazine founded in 1848. The magazine supported Hitler from the 1920s with increasing enthusiasm, frequently publishing cartoons that were anti-communist (like this one) and anti-semitic. It ceased publication in 1944. 
Arthur Johnson was born in Cincinnati and raised in Germany after his father became U.S. Consul in Hamburg. He trained as an artist in Berlin, and During World War I he contributed a number of cartoons to Kladderadatsch attacking the Allies, particularly the English. By 1934, he was an ardent Nazi and the author of a number of the magazine's anti-semitic cartoons.


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