Let Pluralism Live Long!
Author unknown, Eighties
Those who hope that we shall move away from the socialist path will be greatly disappointed. Every part of our program of perestroika […] is fully based on the principle of more socialism and more democracy.
“Perestroika - New Thinking for Our Country and the World”, Mikhail Gorbachev, 1988
“Pluralism of opinions” was one of the main slogans in the “Glasnost” campaign, which took place in
But unfortunately no one knew what to do to solve the problems right. Anyway, the process was called “Perestroika” – “Restructuring”, and implied “Uskorenie” – “Speed up” in economy, “Glastnost” – “Openness” in politics and “Pluralism” in social life. “Pluralism” was to give the citizens freedom of speech and opportunities to express their own point of view, even if it contradicted with the “official” position, or positions of other citizens.
This poster is a brilliant illustration of this principle. It shows the four “Hammer and Sickle” icons which form the word “СССР” –
This poster gives an idea, that it is possible to improve the old regime and change the life of people for the better. Unfortunately, due to many reasons including incompetence of the leaders, painless switch to capitalism never happened and the initial enthusiasm died in a flow of social and economical distress of the nineties.
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