Monday, March 01, 2010

Anti-American Art: Rock, Paper, Scissors?

"Revisionists are paper tigers," the subject of an extended quote from Mao on this brightly colored cultural revolution era Chinese poster from 1968. You don't have to read Chinese to get his point: Viet-Cong revolutionaries are shown amidst the wreckage of US air craft; African and Latin American revolutionaries are shown amidst other metallic detritus of war. The message is clearly that just because the odds look bad doesn't mean the victors of a conflict are foretold. By "revisionists" Mao probably meant the Soviets: he's basically saying if the South Vietnamese can fight off a US attack, so the Chinese can fight off a Russian one.

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