The War Octopus

“The War Octopus” – “Ondanks onze beschaving (of beschavingspeil)”, via Google translate: Despite our culture (or civilisation level). Published 27 August, 1939 in Algemeen Handelsblad (Amsterdam).  Image Source: International Institute of Social History, Collection: IISG (Pieck, H.), Call # BG D55/850. (Accessed 23rd Oct 2010).

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The Federal Octopus, 1933 Update: no one is to tell Mr. Rabbit – the mad monk – about the federal octopus of waste.

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Cartoon shows the devil (shown as half man, half goat) using a trident to fish an octopus labled “Curtis Lie” out of a “Pool of Deparavity.” A basket full of octopuses, one labled “Gaston B. Means Lie,” sit on the bank behind him. The devil, disgusted, cries out, “Faugh!” The sensational event of 1932 was […]

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How Communism Works (~1938 ) Source: http://wpscms.pearsoncmg.com/wps/media/objects/1693/1733989/images/img_w066.html

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Octopus of Crime – Secret Agent X (1934) The following is the cover of a pulp magazine that recently entered into my possession. ‘Secret Agent “X”: Octopus of Crime’, from Sept 1934. Another example of metaphor – octopus of crime – that quite happily co-exists in both popular culture and the political.

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Octopus as an anti-semitic symbol? In April 20071 there was a furore over the depiction of New York mayor Michael Bloomberg as an octopus on cover of America’s 1st Freedom: a National Rifle Association (NRA) magazine. The octopus was seen an antisemitic symbol, and as an attack on the mayors Jewish heritage. The NRA cartoon […]

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