Just as the Great Leap Forward was beginning to yield its first casualties — and on through the years when hundreds and then thousands and then millions died of starvation and disease — China continued to print propaganda posters like the above (more after the jump) to boost morale and do whatever it is leaders think propaganda posters do. (Kill sparrows! Eliminate pests! Oh, what’s that, sparrows eat pests, and without sparrows the pests will kill all our crops? Oops, too late, we’ve already printed posters… kill sparrows!) Let this be a lesson to the propagandists of today: you can send messages to the masses through your control of media and totally ignore irony, but future generations will probably mock you for it.
This next one, however, was pretty prescient:
(H/T Buzzfeed via Alicia)