Happy Labor Day weekend! I thought that for the occasion I would feature some early union/anti-union posters, but had a hard time finding quite what I was looking for. In the process of searching, though, I found the following. Let us observe a snapshot of the socialism/capitalism debate a century ago.
First up: an industrial unionist poster from 1911.
The Pyramid of the Capitalist System! Look at those hard workers at the bottom there. Do you know how difficult it is to frolick so delicately with a hammer?
Of course, some people are just idle layabouts.
So what if you’re 8 years old? That’s no excuse for passing out after a measly 10 hour day at the mill! Look, your laziness is making that other little girl support society with a shovel.
Somewhat ironically, the “Eating” class doesn’t have any food on the table. Plenty of booze, though. The shooting people look more equipped for stabbing would-be social climbers than shooting anything – I’m not sure about the effectiveness of a cannon at the necessary angle.
Interestingly, there is an equal number of religious charlatans and rulers (darned trinitarianism!), so in this case the lower tier has more luxurious space. Cooler capes and robes, too.
Ok. Good effort, socialist unionist propaganda. But you have made a critical error. This poster expects the viewer to take in, like, five whole categories of societal representation. And it has over two dozen words. You have greatly overestimated the attention span of the population.
1909 Conservative Party poster, show us how it is done.
Socialism is a DEMON MONKEY FROM HELL that will STRANGLE THE WOMEN. The end.