Cultural Revolution Tarot- NOW IN TECHNICOLOUR

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They are finally here! the Technicolour version of The Cultural Revolution Tarot

It’s finally here. The Cultural Revolution Tarot TECHNICOLOUR Edition!

We’ve been working on this version of our Cultural Revolution Tarot alongside/during the last few dozen cards of what we’re calling the “original” version (aka the version coloured by myself, James).

I’m proud to present to you this vibrant technicolour version of the deck which i feel stays truer to deck author Christine’s original vision. Why? Because this one is actually coloured by Christine herself. I think that’s pretty awesome personally.

Christine’s interest in both Propaganda and Pop art combines a variety of inspirations, everything from Mao era Chinese propaganda posters to Andy Warhol’s “Maos” and of course, yet not intentionally, my own interest in comic book illustration. So there’s a variety of influences which have inspired the making of this Tarot.

There are, naturally, similarities between the original and the Technicolour edition because fundamentally they are the same Tarot. Visually though the differences are worth noting.

The most notable thing is the complete overhaul of colours in almost every card. Christine has

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Christine’s interest in both Chinese Propaganda Posters and Warhol’s Pop art brings us a unique one of a kind Tarot

amped up the colours to as far as the printers will allow and the results have paid off. I am particularly fond of how the Sun card came out and also the World. In fact, while i tend to prefer more muted colours, i think that some of the colours have really given this version of the Tarot a life all of its own. I see the two versions as moods. My own is a bit more subdued, While Christine’s vibrant colours matches her optimistic, bright nature, which is essentially what Propaganda art is all about. Christine has decided on having the backs of her Technicolour version cards a vibrant red, while the originals feature a blue background, complete with a cast of our children characters and other Kawaii features.

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The back of the cards features the same Technicolor style of visuals that Christine’s version emits

While the original Cultural Revolution Tarot features the Pentacles,Cups,Swords and Wands names for the minor arcana, Christine decided to rename her Technicolour version of the minor arcana suits as Cups, Flags (Wands), Blades (swords) and Stars (Pentacles).

Why Flags, Blades and Stars?

Let’s start with flags. Keep in mind that this is from my own point of view. Christine may come out with her own thoughts on this at some point. I feel that from my own personal view calling them flags, rather than wands, makes sense since our wands essentially are flag poles with flags attached to them. Working with a theme like this almost requires that you feature flags in it extensively because this is commonplace in Propaganda art and meant to inspire one’s national identity. They are a symbol of something bigger, something that unites the masses into, let’s say, a fiery fervour. I feel that many Americans can relate to this (especially when in the face of an attack on one’s country). I know in Ireland here people can be very passionate about flags, so much so that it causes conflict and anger if it’s messed with.

Blades : Most of our Swords cards are actually bayonets because this made more sense when

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keeping with the theme of the deck. With the exception of the Queen of Swords, all of the Swords suit all feature bayonets. To my knowledge swords were not used all that much, if at all, during the time period of The Cultural Revolution, or at least in the Propaganda art itself.

Stars: Calling the Pentacles Stars seems to fit our theme due to the fact that the communist star is common in communist themed artwork. Chinese propaganda artwork is not a stranger to this. China’s own flag features a total of 5 stars.

There you have it folks. If you’d like to see more of the illustrations for this wonderful Technicolour version of this Tarot please follow us to our Facebook photo album page where we’ve taken extensive photos of the images to give you a better look at how they differ from the Original version

Thanks so much for reading this, and for your interest in our Tarot

James

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Illustrating Asian Characters

Artwork by Jim Lee

Artwork by Jim Lee, an artist originally from Seoul

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Andy Kubert’s work from the 90’s on an asian character

Originally written on 4/4/2014 on my website and transported over to this blog…

“Over the past couple of days I’ve been looking through many of the old comic books I used to have stored away in the attic from my teens and it’s stirred a lot of memories. For the past few months now Christine and I have been working on the Cultural Revolution Tarot and it is the first time I’ve ever drawn Asian characters extensively.

As a young man I was inspired by artists like Andy Kubert and Marc Silvestri in the 90’s and as I looked through the illustrations, particularly of the Asian characters, I remember a time when I would examine the various way these comic book artists handled Asian features, particularly the eyes. These artists were illustrating x-men related characters but i remember when i would attempt to draw Asian features, i could never truly get it to look convincing. In fact, even to this day i am still completely unsure what exactly it is in terms of an actual “process” to create believable Asian features in characters, though Christine tells me i tend to do a good job.

We’ve been working on the Sun and Ace of Cups the past wee while in between projects for Portstewart and Bushmills. I think over the past few projects i’ve really learned a lot in terms of using layers because when you work on artworks with any number of people, you always want to accommodate their vision. When it comes to designing tarot cards or maps or signage, often you’ll be called to shift things around, reduce items in size or blow them up bigger than what they originally are, colour particular layers, such as the background we’ve been doing for the Ace of Cups especially.

Artwork by Chris Bachalo, Marc Silvestri and Frank Miller respectively

Artwork by Chris Bachalo, Marc Silvestri and Frank Miller respectively

Getting back to the old illustrations of Asian characters, i’ve always been inspired by Chris Bachalo’s illustrations but i feel that when it comes to Asians, they aren’t necessarily too Asian looking at times, though that could be a combination of style and also that the characters themselves are sometimes a mix of two nationalities. Frank Miller’s extensive work on Japanese characters in the 80’s have a very differnt look from that of other artists like Silvestri and Kubert.

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Our characters in the Cultural Revolution Tarot depict not only the Asian look, but whimsical ideas like pandas and koi fish and astronaut dogs. Children feature in our images extensively, bringing a bright cheery optimistic look to our cards.

All in all it has been quite rewarding artistically to work on illustrating Asian characters as it’s something i have never really attempted before at length.”

James

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Cultural Revolution Style Limited Edition Posters

Our first ever

Our first ever “poster style” Cultural Revolution poster. I’ve named this one “Sailing the Seas Depends on the Helmsman”

It’s been on my mind to do a collection of limited edition signed posters featuring our Cultural Revolution Tarot illustrations along with possibly all new artworks. Each poster would be signed personally by myself, the artist, and Christine whose ideas i brought to life in our Tarot.

I particularly like the idea of doing a few based on the the posters that were designed to educate young children (which i intend to include in the next blog).  I think those, above any other, are what stands out for me as examples of the high ideals Mao had for his country.

To the left we have our first poster entitled “Sailing the Seas Depends on the Helmsman”.

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Our Commercials in Other Languages

I’ve decided to have a go at releasing little commercials in Chinese, Russian and Portugese. While most of our fanbase is from the U.S and the UK, we also have a fair amount of Brazilians,  Russians and Chinese. I’m no language expert so i am learning little by little, but here is our efforts today.

First up is the Chinese…

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我决定有一个去中国的中,俄文和葡萄牙释放广告。 我们的大多数球迷成分都来自于美国和英国,但我们也有巴西人,俄罗斯人和中国人谁喜欢我们的工作。 我不是语言专家,但是今天在这里是我们的努力。

我决定有一个去中国的中,俄文和葡萄牙释放广告。 我们的大多数球迷成分都来自于美国和英国,但我们也有巴西人,俄罗斯人和中国人谁喜欢我们的工作。 我不是语言专家,但是今天在这里是我们的努力。

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请喜欢和分享我们的工作

感谢您的耐心等待。虽然我不会说或写中国通常情况下,我想向您展示我们的感激和尊重你丰富的文化通过试图说上几句话。这是一个很高兴說明這中国为主题的宣传毛泽东甲板。我们非常感谢那些你们谁评论说,很喜欢和分享我们的工作。

Next on our list is the Russian commercials…

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Опять же, как наши китайские друзья часто похвалил и разделили нашу работу , мы должны также показать нашу признательность за наших российских друзей

Опять же, как наши китайские друзья часто похвалил и разделили нашу работу , мы должны также показать нашу признательность за наших российских друзей

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Пожалуйста, нравится, и разделить нашу работу

Finalmente, temos de agradecer aos nossos adeptos Brazillian pelo seu apoio ao longo do ano passado e mais como ilustramos nossa Revolução Cultural Tarot . Como expliquei anteriormente, eu não sou um especialista em linguagem , mas eu tenho tido tempo hoje para traduzir algumas palavras. Obrigado novamente por seu apoio contínuo de nosso trabalho. Com tendo mundo amplo apoio, este se sente como se fosse um projeto da comunidade , que dado o tema comum deste Tarot , parece adequado.

For our Brazilian friends…

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Obrigado, amigos. Por favor, como , partilhar esta image

Como o artista para este tarot , eu gostaria de expressar minha gratidão a tantos que têm comentado e gostou do nosso trabalho.
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Obrigado, amigos. Por favor, como , partilhar esta image

And finally, we have the all new English editions of our commercials…

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Please share our images if you would be so kind 🙂

Last but not least…

There we have it folks. Our Cultural Revolution Tarot, based on the highly collectible Mao era propaganda posters is still available for the time being. to order your copy, click on any of the pictures in this blog and be taken to my store. Christine and i greatly appreciate the support and encouragement we’ve received worldwide for our work. Thank you for reading.

James

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Please share our images if you would be so kind 🙂

The Cultural Revolution Tarot is a set of 78 beautifully illustrated images inspired by the propaganda art of the Mao era. The Cultural Revolution Tarot has garnered many fans from all walks of life and from such diverse places as Saudi Arabia, Brazil, China, India, Europe, the U.S and Canada, a testament to the strength of both the imagery and the conceptual ideas that are packed into this brightly coloured highly unique, highly controversial deck of cards.

文革塔羅牌是一套78靈感來自於毛澤東時代的美術宣傳精美的插圖圖像。文革塔羅牌已經獲得了很多球迷的各行各業,並從這些不同的地方是沙特阿拉伯,巴西,中國,印度,歐洲,美國和加拿大,
证明了这些争议卡的唯一性
A Revolução Cultural Tarot é um conjunto de 78 imagens belamente ilustrado inspirados na arte da propaganda da era Mao . A Revolução Cultural Tarot tem atraído muitos fãs de todas as esferas da vida e de lugares tão diversos como a Arábia Saudita , Brasil, China , Índia, Europa , os EUA eo Canadá , uma prova da força de ambas as imagens e as idéias conceituais que são embalado para este altamente original convés brilhantemente coloridos , altamente controversa de cartões

Культурная революция Таронабор из 78 прекрасно иллюстрированных изображений , вдохновленных агитационного искусства эпохи Мао . Культурная революция Таро получил много поклонников из всех слоев общества, и от таких разнообразных местах , как Саудовская Аравия , Бразилия , Китай , Индия , Европы , США и Канады, свидетельство силы обоих образах и концептуальных идей , которые упакованы в этой яркие высоко уникальный, весьма спорным колоду карт

Mao: China’s Feminist

It's nice to believe that China was a happy place for all before the Cultural Revolution. Foot binding was an excruciatingly painful practice expected of every young girl, but Mao banned the practice of foot binding, liberating women

It’s nice to believe that China was a happy place for all before the Cultural Revolution. Foot binding was an excruciatingly painful practice expected of every young girl, but Mao banned the practice of foot binding, liberating women

Before the Cultural Revolution in China, did you know that women were forced to bind their feet? Foot binding was the act of painfully binding the feet of young girls to stop further growth. The ideal length of a woman’s foot was 3 inches (or 8 centimetres) and although the practice originally started off among the wealthy upper class it made its way down to the peasant classes. While most of China did practice some form of foot binding, It seems that only one group of Chinese, the Hakka, did not observe this practice.

To quote wikipedia

Foot binding completely changed the look of the foot, deforming it into a shape that was considered desirable and making a woman eligible for marriage

Foot binding completely changed the look of the foot, deforming it into a shape that was considered desirable and making a woman eligible for marriage

“By the 19th century, it was estimated that 40-50% of Chinese women had bound feet, and among upper class Han Chinese women, the figure was almost 100%. Bound feet became a mark of beauty and was also a prerequisite for finding a husband. It also became an avenue for poorer women to marry into money; for example, in Guangdong in the late 19th century, it was customary to bind the feet of the eldest daughter of a lower-class family who was intended to be brought up as a lady. Her younger sisters would grow up to be bond-servants or domestic slaves and, when old enough, either the concubines of rich men or the wives of laboring men, able to work in the fields alongside them. In contrast, the tiny, narrow feet of the “ladies” were considered beautiful and made a woman’s movements more feminine and dainty, and it was assumed these eldest daughters would never need to work. Women, their families, and their husbands took great pride in tiny feet, with the ideal length, called the “Golden Lotus”, being about 8 centimetres (3 in) long”

This practice, as you can imagine, was very painful for young girls. The way the foot was bound varies. The following, performed in Sichuan known as “cucumber foot” saw the four toes being folded under the flat of the foot, but this form did not force up the heel and taper the ankle the way other forms did. This version was slightly less severe….slightly

A shoe made for a special foot. Imagine shoving your foot into that thing

A shoe made for a special foot. Imagine shoving your foot into that thing

Also, we must note that not all women stayed bound. Some remained bound all through their lives, while some were only briefly bound. Others were bound only until their marriage.

Foot binding was banned from 1949 when Mao Tse Tung took power in China. This was one act among many that he did to liberate women from the old ways in China.

Mao also gave women equal rights in marriage, and allowed women to own their own land. This saw tens of millions of women leaving their houses for the first time to go out and work for themselves. From their own mouths, some of the women were quoted as saying that not only had their feet been bound, up until Mao’s rule over China, their minds were bound too. As a result of Mao building more schools, girls and women gained more education. Community nurseries and kindergartens were even set up so that when the mothers were out working, the children could be looked after. Finally here it was: Women had their newfound freedom under Mao’s leadership.

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A Tribute to Strong Women World Wide

Welcome to the first in a series of images honouring the unsung heroic female figures found in our Chinese Propaganda style artworks. Today we have our Queen of Pentacles card.

We also wanted to make these “showcase” images educational by putting in facts that might shed some light into China and the range of Chinese women that are included in our tarot.

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PROPAGANDA ART WORLD WIDE

Guilt trip....much? Yes even my country has had its fair share of propaganda. With more bite than a bloody rattlesnake, this poster attacks a man's masculinity. Thanks ladies! (or should that by "thanks government")

Guilt trip….much? Yes even my country has had its fair share of propaganda. With more bite than a bloody rattlesnake, this poster attacks a man’s masculinity. Thanks ladies! (or should that by “thanks government”)

I wrote yesterday about Propaganda. Over the past few weeks I’ve been spending more time writing and researching rather than sitting at the art table. Contining with yesterday’s propaganda post, i wanted to talk more on the artform that is propaganda. As i’ve explained elsewhere on this blog, propaganda is everywhere, in movies, in books, in the news, in culture and tradition, in religion, in basically everything you can think of. Our Tarot focuses on Chinese propaganda, in particular Chinese communist propaganda. There is also Soviet, Vietnamese, and Korean communist propaganda images, and possibly others, but we mainly focus on the Chinese. Propaganda posters have been around for many years, and were used in America, Great Britain, Canada, Europe, Australia, Ireland and so on.

They all have one thing in common. They are all designed to make you think or feel a certain way. Look at the Irish poster to the left. The Irish government were clever (or whoever made this poster). By using women in the image with the slogan “Will you go or must i?” implies that the guy…if he doesn’t go to war, is a coward. This kind of emotional manipulation is especially effective in war propaganda. The American military / government is strong adherents to this type of emotional manipulation. The saying “support our troops” is popular, ( although i’ve heard particularly good arguments against it ) implying that if you don’t, you either hate your country or you’re selfish. Like i say, very effective. The saying “support our troops” is still a form of propaganda because even pacifists, Christians and other anti-war people are still supposed to somehow “support our troops”, or in plain english, support people who are shooting other people’s fathers etc.**  Below is a selection of other propaganda posters from western countries…

Guilt trip....much? Yes even my country has had its fair share of propaganda. With more bite than a bloody rattlesnake, this poster attacks a man's masculinity. Thanks ladies! (or should that by "thanks government")

Guilt trip….much? Yes even my country has had its fair share of propaganda. With more bite than a bloody rattlesnake, this poster attacks a man’s masculinity. Thanks ladies! (or should that by “thanks government”)

Still, propaganda is an effective tool and every country uses it. Posters were a popular form of getting the message across. Keep in mind that, at least according to wikipedia, in the U.S and Britain, during WW2 there was no television in the homes. Printed media, therefore, was an important part of trying to get the message across and rallying the people to a particular cause. Nowadays we have Facebook, Twitter, the internet, video games, and all manner of news sources both online and on the tv, all of which are saturated in propaganda. We are bombared with it daily.

Type Hope and Obama and you get this in Google Images search. A sea of propaganda

Type Hope and Obama and you get this in Google Images search. A sea of propaganda

In recent times we see in president Barack Obama that well known propaganda has been created for him too, along with slogans like “Change”, “Yes we Can” and ” Hope”. Obama has his fair share of supporters and i am not going to go into a long winded rant about the man, since by now many know my thoughts, but i felt that it was important to include Obama here because a huge amount of propaganda surrounds him. We even had Jamie Fox jokingly (i hope) call Barack Obama Lord and Saviour while others like Oprah Winfrey suggested that those who won’t vote for him (in 2008 during his run for presidency) are racist, implying of course that those who decide to vote differently can’t possible be studying the policies for individual candidates. Again, these are forms of propaganda

The Red Scare brought about a time of propaganda designed to make U.S society fear Communism and Communists, the effects of which continue to this day

The Red Scare brought about a time of propaganda designed to make U.S society fear Communism and Communists, the effects of which continue to this day

And last but not least, we see the huge propaganda scare in the U.S that many communists in America and elsewhere will be familar with. The Red Scare. Everyone from Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Pete Seeger and others were blacklisted during the second Red Scare which lasted for about 1950 – 1956. (although in reality this “red scare” has had a lasting effect which continues to this day)

There we have it folks. It is my belief (unfounded or not) that the word “propaganda” to many people means something sinister when it fact it can be used for both good and bad, (depending on which side you’re on) coming in many forms. In this particular blog entry we purposely avoided using communist propaganda posters because i wanted to introduce those who perhaps do not know much about this particular artform and who are not communist, Chinese, or otherwise, to it’s universal reach, showing that it has been used in many countries all over the world. This has been fun to write, and i plan to elaborate on it more.

James

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**No one likes their parents coming back in bodybags, be you an American or british soldier or a turban wearing Afghan fighter. If you don’t have a personal vote on if your country should go to war in the first place, why is it so important to support the troops? Why ask for our support now? You’re already supporting them with your taxes. The verbal “support” is just a form of clique mentality. Great propaganda.

Propaganda and Fantasy: How One Offends and The Other is Well Recieved

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I’ll take a break from rebuttals today and focus on Propaganda because this is what the theme of our deck is about. As you may have noticed, the past week has consisted of rebuttals against the idiocracy that was spewing from the Aeclectic Tarot forum. We’re not completely done with these rebuttals but we’d also like to bring it back to what we were originally focusing on…Propaganda art.

It’s been suggested by those who challenged us that perhaps we should have called our Tarot something like “Chinese Propaganda Tarot” or the “Cultural Revolution Propaganda Tarot” rather than “The Cultural Revolution Tarot” because they feel that the happy disposition of much of the artwork does not portray the Cultural Revolution accurately.

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Our Eight of Swords features the naming and shaming of those they considered “bourgeoise”

While i understand their point of view (this was never what our rebuttals were about), i like to think that the negative type cards in the Tarot are well represented with the more negative aspects of the Cultural Revolution. Our Eight of Swords features the naming and shaming of those they considered “bourgeoise”. This was basically a shaming ritual known as “struggle sessions” where the accused was forced to admit their crimes in front of an audience. Used as a sort of badge of shame, they wore what we’d called in britain “dunce caps” (although I’m sure there is a proper Chinese word for them). Whether you think this is right or not, is another issue, but Mao preferred what he called “Thought Reform” rather than killing the enemy.

Our 4 and 5 of Pentacles both feature scenes of starvation which depict the great famine along with our Death card which features two dead children in the hands of a mythological Chinese death god along with starving people in the background.

We like to think that we’ve been fair in our portrayal of the events during the Cultural Revolution in our Tarot including a vast range of imagery that relates to the time period.

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As we’ve explained right from the very start in the descriptions of our Tarot deck (if any of our critics actually cared to read what our Tarot was actually about), The Cultural Revolution Tarot is based on Mao era Propaganda. I’ve mentioned this on my personal website, I’ve mentioned it on Facebook multiple times, I’ve mentioned it in promotional material, I’ve mentioned it on Tarotpedia, I’ve mentioned on Aeclectic Tarot, I’ve mentioned it on promotional cards which were included in our Tarot decks, and I’ve included it on probably a dozen other places over the past year and a half while creating the deck. The problem is that critics, who let’s be fair, are usually not usually interested in our Tarot, jump to conclusions and just say stuff….any old stuff, without a few minutes of research. Simple laziness.

A little on propaganda

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Propaganda exists everywhere. I’ve pointed out a few examples, but i like to refer to the native american propaganda that America liked to use for many years because it’s a propaganda that as a kid i bought into. I watched cowboy films, and when i was a kid i played cowboys and indians with my brothers. My eldest brother always liked to be the cowboys (little plastic figures), and so i picked what was left…the little plastic Indians. Playing actual cowboys and indians (i.e using cap guns and running around and hiding) pitted the cowboys of us (usually considered the good guys) against the one who “got stuck” with being the Indians (usually considered the bad guys). This was ingrained into us as children, despite being thousands of miles from the U.S.

Propaganda has been around for a long time and most people can see through it…at least, this is

The Fool from King's Journey Tarot. When i illustrated this deck i knew that it was


The Fool from King’s Journey Tarot.
When i illustrated this deck i knew that it was “fantasy” based, which if we want to be honest about it, is a form of “propaganda” for the medieval period.

what we’d like all like to believe. Most news media could be considered propaganda, or at least a little biased depending on where their political leanings lie.  In terms of the art, i am inclined to believe that the romantic medieval style of art often found in Tarot decks are propaganda based imagery due to the fact that the medieval times were often brutal, dirty and unhygienic, with corrupt land barons, and rich elitists (aka monarchs) treating their subjects as serfs. Depending on where we’re basing our focus on geographically, some of the peasants were often treated badly, often lacking food and facing starvation. Medieval reality was often brutal for many people, but when we combine this with what we call “fantasy”, in other words a smattering of fairy glitter upon the harsh reality of the situation brings about a special type of propaganda called “fantasy” and admittedly i’ve illustrated this very thing many times.

What I’ve found is that because medieval “fantasy” has been implemented in the various forms of media extensively, it is widely accepted, especially when it is not specific to any one particular year or under one particular monarchy or people. What i mean by this is is that we might have knights, castles and fair maidens, like we can see in King’s Journey Tarot. The noticeable thing is that even though it seems based on a kind of medieval European style environment, it’s actually so far removed from what we would consider a real medieval reality. It’s based on idealism or “fantasy”, and to be brutally honest there are uncountable numbers of Europeans who have died by the sword, beaten brutally and hacked into pieces within Europe alone…yet, virtually no one is offended at all…IN FACT, people get offended at the brutality (although I’ve heard it’s more the nudity) of Game of Thrones which although again is based in a  fantasy world, is much more closer to reality than any medieval fantasy Tarot deck i’ve ever seen, including any i’ve illustrated.

Although it's rated 18, most parents know that kids play this from 8 or 9 upwards. Indoctrinated being puberty. Wonderful! Propaganda at its finest

Although it’s rated 18, most parents know that kids play this from 8 or 9 upwards. Indoctrinated before puberty. Wonderful! Propaganda at its finest

The problem comes when you illustrate a particular event that people suffered under. We’re expected to show it in all its doom and gloom (which to be fair we’ve included gloomy hard-hitting themes in our deck DESPITE it being based on Propaganda…in other words going beyond what Mao era Propaganda art ACTUALLY depicted).

Propaganda and Fantasy are both based in idealism, but one is acceptable and one is not. It also depends on what country you’re from. The American’s “Uncle Sam” stands for the American military and yet millions of people have been killed over the years at the hands of this military. Naturally the Uncle Sam propaganda won’t work for those countries that America has bombed. It’s debatable if Uncle Sam would even work on young American’s who plan on joining the military. Even the mighty Top Gun movie itself which was responsible for an excellent result in many recruitment drives during the 80’s, would not have any affect on young Americans. Nowadays i imagine its video games like Call of Duty and movies like American Sniper that inspire young Americans to join up. But Uncle Sam, at one point had his day. Propaganda is most government’s most important tool and it always has been. Mao era China was no different.

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New Countries, New Governments

Revolution is what happens when people get sick and tired of an oppressive regime and are kept down until they say enough is enough. Those that are inclined to flee, will jump countries. Others will resist.

A replica of the original Mayflower that took some of the first settlers in America docked at Plymouth

A replica of the original Mayflower ship that took some of the first settlers to America docked at Plymouth (photo by James Battersby)

Settlers came to America to escape persecution from Europe. They set up a NEW government, even though there were tribal governments already set up in North America. Yes, folks, even the natives had their forms of government although it was tribal based. Do you think the founding fathers cared too much about the natives and their own government? No, they went about setting up their own form of governance. In an ideal world the Europeans would have lived in harmony with the natives but realistically this didn’t happen. In true European fashion, the settlers over time set out looking for new land, new expansion and the suffering of the natives have become legendary

Now i am no American scholar and would never pretend to be one, so you can correct me if i’m wrong, but i think the original settlers got tired of sending their hard-earned wages back to Britain, who at this point were doing nothing for them. In other words they did not like the idea of taxation without representation…yet who would have the courage to do anything about it? Apparently about 3 percent of U.S citizens did and they gathered a militia to fight off the British. The majority, it seems, were happy to just go with the flow and do whatever Britain wanted. Three percent fought against Britain. Of the U.S population, only 20 percent of the population supported what the 3 percent were doing, but only 10 percent of them openly backed the effort of revolution.

Cowboys and Indians were traditionally played by children, with the Indians usually being the bad guys

Cowboys and Indians were traditionally played by children, with the Indians usually being the bad guys

Without this REVOLUTIONARY war against Britain, The United States would not have its independence as a separate country. The U.S’s history is full of revolution and genocide. The United States would not be as it is today without a great many a things and this, sadly, includes war and genocide, even slavery. It is my belief that the native Americans, up until fairly recently, have not only been tortured and abused by the U.S, but they have also been the victim of U.S Propaganda making them into the “bad guys” (at least this seems to be the way it is portrayed during my time as an irish kid outside of the U.S)

Australia, too, is another case where a new country was set up along with a new government, even though the aboriginal Australians presumably had their own form of governing themselves.

Let’s be fair. Almost every country on earth has been affected by war, revolution, even genocide. As a Christian I’ve always been familiar (and admittedly slightly saddened) with the stories of the Israelites who went through the land of Canaan and others, slaughtering men, women and children, even animals…burning it all to the ground.

Even today, Israel is accused of bulldozing Palestinian homes and the Palestinians are being treated badly by the Israelis. I won’t comment on this (because it seems similar to the troubles in Northern Ireland which i won’t elaborate on) other than stating that the original, traditional, even “popular” media thought that Israel were the victims might not actually be all that true.

I guess the point i am trying to make is that every country and every actual new government (not the pre-existing government’s “new deals” or new laws or any of that) seems to almost demand revolution.

The Chinese were no different and saw their fair share of revolutions, wars and struggles.

Recently we’ve had the Occupy Movement. Name one good thing that Occupy has achieved? Can you think of one? Me either (but again correct me if i am wrong). ok, let’s be fair….those protesting showed the world that they were pissed and they could co-ordinate a mass gathering that stops short of a revolt. The problem is you are trying to deal nicely with a bunch of corporate assholes. The claim is that the 99 percent are poor and the 1 percent are exceedingly wealthy. The 1 percent “might” suddenly grow a conscience and give out more money to the impoverished masses…but probably not. As Mao himself said…

“A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.” MAO TSE TUNG

Let’s update it…

“A revolution is not a dinner party, an occupy movement, or writing an essay…  A revolution is an insurrection , an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.” MAO TSE TUNG

What did Occupy achieve? I will tell you what it did achieve. Here is a part i have copied from wikipedia

I was in support of this and i think they did a great thing. Unfortunatly i don't think anything will really come of it except more laws to restrict freedom of speech

I was in support of this and i think they did a great thing. Unfortunately i don’t think anything will really come of it except more laws to restrict freedom of speech

” The FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, local police, regional law enforcement “counterterrorism” fusion centers, and private security forces of major banks formed the Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC) to collect and share information about, and to share plans to target and to arrest Occupy protesters. Banks met with the FBI to pool information about participants of the Occupy movement collected by corporate security, and the FBI offered to bank officials its plans to prevent Occupy events that were scheduled for a month later. FBI officials met with New York Stock Exchange representatives on 19 August 2011, notifying them of planned peaceful protests. FBI officials later met with representatives of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Zions Bankabout planned protests. The FBI used informants to infiltrate and monitor protests; information from informants and military intelligence units was passed to DSAC, which then gave updates to financial companies. Surveillance of protestors was also carried out by the Joint Terrorism Task Force. DSAC also coordinated with security firms hired by banks to target OWS leaders.

In other words, by trying to beg for a few crumbs instead of reaching out and taking the whole loaf of bread, you’ve let the government know beforehand that you aren’t happy, giving them fair warning to crush your resistence if ever you decide to go for a full revolt.

Two words. FEMA CAMPS

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