1. “George Bush says he speaks to god every day, and christians love him for it. If George Bush said he spoke to god through his hair dryer, they would think he was mad. I fail to see how the addition of a hair dryer makes it any more absurd.” – Sam Harris
2. “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours” -Stephen Roberts
3. “I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence” -Doug McLeod
5. “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.” –Richard Dawkins
6. “The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike” -Delos B. McKown
7. “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.” – Albert Einstein
8. “Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.” –Chapman Cohen
9 “A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.” –Albert Einstein
10. “Don’t pray in my school, and I won’t think in your church” – Unknown
11. “I do not think it is necessary to believe that the same God who has given us our senses, reason, and intelligence wished us to abandon their use, giving us by some other means the information that we could gain through them” –Galileo Galilei
THE EASTER BUNNY – Taking a well deserved break. My ass would need soothing after shooting out all those eggs too.
Easter is coming. Are you ready?What I like about this is its profound sense of immaturity . But then maybe no more immature than the whole concept of Easter
Capitalists of the World, Unite!
Victor Deni, 1919
According to the red text at the bottom of this famous anti-Capitalist poster – also by Viktor Deni – “Anyone who tears down this poster or covers it up is performing a counter-revolutionary act.”
Every Woman Should Know How to Raise a Child Properly
Alexei Komarov, 1925
Contrasted here are two different ways of rearing children: the left column follows the life of a child raised in poor conditions, while the column on the right demonstrates the proper way. Although serfdom had been abolished by Tsar Alexander II in 1861, Russia in 1925 still boasted a largely rural – and relatively uneducated – population of “muzhiks”, or peasants. A large part of Soviet propaganda was therefore devoted to educational initiatives, especially in the crucial area of healthcare. The revolutionary babies at the bottom of the right column are testament to the advantages of modern medicine.
Tatar Women! Join the Ranks…
Artist Unknown, 1920s
“… Arm-in-Arm with the Proletarian Women of Russia, You will Finally Break off the Last Shackles.”
The ethnic groups whose home lay on the periphery of Russia, such as the famous Cossacks, had always played a large part in its military defense. Tatarstan actually lies quite close to the cultural heart of Russia, but managed to retain for centuries its own Islamic culture and Turkic language.
This poster, which features Tartar script as well as Russian, encourages Tartar women to abandon the “shackles” of tradition in favour of the factories and furnaces of modernity. Part of the Soviet drive to assimilate the Tartars involved discouraging the traditionally subservient role of women. Gender equality thrived in many aspects of Soviet life (though women were notably absent from high state politics.)
Get a Tractor!
Artist Unknown, c. 1930
“The Machine-tractor Station is the Linchpin of Collectivisation. Get a Tractor! Let’s Double and Triple the MTS.”
Machine-Tractor Stations (MTS) were part of Stalin’s efforts to collectivise farms across Russia. Rich peasants – who by the sweat on their brows had accumulated more land than was acceptable – were attacked by Communist policy and propaganda alike, as friends of the capitalists and enemies of true peasants.
Note the dutiful workers reading a newspaper together during their break: self-taught literacy was often encouraged in this manner, especially among the labouring class. Of course, literacy didn’t necessarily entail freedom for the workers to read whatever they liked.
Examples of Stalinist Posters & Political Art (1930-1953)
S. M. Luppov, Sports Games at a Stadium (1927)
Youth Must Fly (1934)
A. A. Deineka, Defending Sebastopol (1942)
I. A. Laktionov, Letter from the Front (1948)
Soviet Propaganda Posters Post WW2
Five-Year plan in four years – (we) will complete!
Comrades loggers! Let’s keep promise given to Comrade Stalin!
Develop virgin lands!
Glory to Soviet Country! 1917 1953
(You) will be a master!
If to work good, the bread will grow
New five-year plan – the five year plan of the Great construction
Young builders of Communism!
Let’s raise the generation utterly devoted to the cause of communism!
Glory to the Russian people – the bogatyr people, the creator people!
Nikita Sergeyevich Kruschev
Long live to PEACE!
via Soviet poster.
via Soviet poster.
Soviet collectivization and industrialization
Brave labor of the fishermen is in country’s respect. Have a nice catch, have a nice journey!
Save work minute!
Here we will live, work and study
The sun of the new harvest
Every day – udarny (superproductive).
In the unity of the production and science – the power and future of the country!
Give the Mainline of the century!
Five year plan – earlier than scheduled!
Do not lose!
(We) Will pave the way to the future!
Glory to the mighty aviation of the country of the Socialism! 1939
January 1st, 1939. Happy New Year!
To work, to build and not to whine!
Long live Stalin’s constitution!
The Soviet woman
The stake of the interventionists is overbid!
10 years (anniversary) of the october (revolution)
Long live KOMSOMOL
Think about those who are starving
The victory of the Revolution is in cooperation of workers and peasants.
(I) Believe (we) will celebrate the hundredth anniversary
Citizens, save the historical monuments
Long live the genius of the world-wide marvels – mighty creative labor.
1st of May. All-Russian subbotnik.
By a powerful strike of labor, we will destroy the shackles of devastation.
(That) What Bolshevism brings to nation
During World War II, the Soviet Union’s news agency, TASS, enlisted artists and writers to bolster support for the nation’s war effort. Working from Moscow, this studio produced hundreds of storefront window posters, one for nearly every day of the war.’
Soviet posters of 1970th. The unusual, interesting and sometimes strange design of Soviet artists.
“To strengthen the friendship of Socialist countries youth!”
“Moscow is the capital of Olympics 1980″
“Protect the birds”
“For the high quality of field work!”
“First international book exhibition in Moscow”
“Textile industry needs young people!”
“Your work for the glory of the country!”