A Just War — or just Business?

September 13th, 2002

War propaganda reveals so much about the regime that produces it.

(left) World War II United States Goverment Printing Office Poster by Illustrator Harold Von Schmidt, 1944.

(right) One of 15,000 posters distributed by the office of San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, October 2001.

Images courtesy of Adbusters.

Soon after the “Open for Business” posters infested San Francisco, a local artist drafted a poignant rebuttal — an altered version of the poster appeared with missile silhouettes emerging from the top of the bag. The title read: “America: Dying for Business.” (Now I can’t find a copy; isn’t that a surprise? If you have a photo of this revamped poster, please send it in and I’ll post it.)

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