Callimachus On Propaganda: Now v. Then
Atop a grieving Statue of Liberty, the demonic-looking U.S. president waves a banner reading “democracy,” but in his other fist he clutches the club of “dictatorship.” Around him, on the statue’s crown points, a young woman hangs in fetters, “anti-war” soldiers carouse, U.S. workers protest, and a clown in a dunce cap emblazoned with the Star of David inflates a stars-and-stripes balloon.
The latest from Ted Rall, Ward Churchill, Steve Bell, or Michael Moore? Something from “Le Monde” or “Der Spiegel?”
No, the president caricatured is Roosevelt, and the image is by the great Japanese illustrator Ono Saseo, and it graced the pages of the January 1942 issue of the Japanese magazine “Manga.”
Remember when it was our enemies, and not our friends and ourselves, who bent their natural talents to creating fanatical anti-American propaganda art?
Definitely read the whole thing.