The Russian avant-garde movement was more than just a faction of the art scene; it linked the Soviet working class and the Communist Party and served as a site of cultural transformation.
It didn’t stop at posters. All facets of media were used as political tools to install kitschy hope and pride into societal bloodstreams. When paired with an educational system that would indoctrinate and form a “new-man” to embody the Soviet cause, it seemed that the Soviet propaganda machine–and by extension, the Soviets–was unstoppable.
Said one schooling theorist, “We must make the young into a generation of Communists. Children, like soft wax, are very malleable and they should be moulded into good Communists… We must rescue children from the harmful influence of the family… We must nationalize them. From the earliest days of their little lives, they must find themselves under the beneficent influence of Communist schools… To oblige the mother to give her child to the Soviet state – that is our task.”