Read a famous propaganda comic about life in Soviet America

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In 1947, the Catechetical Guild Educational published Is This Tomorrow: America Under Communism, a propaganda comic classic about the impending Sovietification of America. According to the comic, Communist saboteurs would maintain dissident camps in Alaska and North Dakota.

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Illustration for article titled Read a famous propaganda comic about life in Soviet America

This comic was marketed as an educational book by Catechetical, which was founded by Father Louis Gales to distribute comic books with Catholic themes. An estimated 4 million copies of Is This Tomorrow were distributed in the late 1940s. The book tells the story of a Red sleeper cell that takes over America after a nation-crippling drought. The saboteurs place agents in the media, foment racial unrest, take over Congress, brainwash schoolchildren, and rig elections.

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It's not always the most gripping or sophisticated read, but it's an intriguing artifact of Cold War anxiety. You can read the whole tawdry tale here.

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Corpore Metal

Usans love to entertain fantasies about being taken over by this, that and other—aliens, commies, zombies and whatnot. It's a kinda creepy thing about our collective psyche and I just wonder what it stems from.

I mean the last time we had any real experience with occupation and invasion was with the British and during the Civil War.

Where does this come from? Our boredom with relative safety? The trivialization of every event by mass media—remember how bored we all got so soon after all the endless media saturation of the WTC attack?