Turn philosophy into a sharp weapon in the hands of the masses

Rang zhexue bian wei qunzhong shoulide jianrui wuqi
让哲学变为群众手里的尖锐武器
Turn philosophy into a sharp weapon in the hands of the masses
1971, February
Tianjin renmin meishu chubanshe (天津人民美术出版社)
76.5x105.5 cm.
BG E13/857

The power of the word, and in particular Mao Zedong's words, is clearly illustrated in this impressive design. The nuclear mushroom cloud can indicate two things: Mao Zedong Thought is like a spiritual atom bomb, as the slogan went, or, thanks to Mao Zedong Thought, China has been able to develop its own nuclear device. It's not all destruction: in the left background we can see the famous Yangzi bridge at Nanjing, touted as one of the great accomplishments of the Cultural Revolution.

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