Anti-Soviet US Cold War propaganda sought to ‘de-humanise’ the Soviet people, their political and economic model, their culture, and of course, their predominantly ‘Slavic’ ethnicity. In this regard, US Cold War rhetoric maybe convincingly conceived of as a continue of the anti-Communist and racist ideology of Nazi Germany. During the time before the instant communication afforded by the internet, Western people were ‘cut-off’ from the everyday reality of life in the Soviet Union, and had no means to counter the continuous stream of disinformation emanating from the bourgeois-democratic governments they ‘elected’. As a consequence, the capitalist West was kept in a perpetual state of fear, ensuring that the youth of each new generation joined the military to fight the Soviet threat, rather than spend their collective time fermenting a Socialist Revolution. Of course, in this assessment the good work of the Communist Party in the West must not be forgotten or diminished. The Communist Party continued to function despite the worst forms of oppression, repression and violence the capitalist system good muster, but many ordinary Westerners had no links with it. The Western media, whilst courting the far-right, routinely side-lined the Communist Party or continued a brutal disinformation against it. This was because the Communist Party had direct links with Moscow, and consequently ‘knew’ the everyday reality of Soviet life. The Soviet people were just that – people. They ate and drank, they fell in love, had children, went to bed and got up. They went to work, and they continuously worked for the common welfare of the International working Class. They were proud of their Communist System, proud of their past victory over fascism, and sought to create a ‘new’ world free of the greed, hatred and delusion that underlies the capitalist system and its continuous warmongering, abuse and deception. The Soviet people were ordinary human-beings who had thrown-off the inverted mind-set of the bourgeoisie, and firmly embarked upon the path of Scientific Socialism. As Socialism is for the ordinary people, these photographs convey the ‘ordinariness’ of the Soviet people!
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