"Let's make him a front-rank worker."

Title

"Let's make him a front-rank worker."

Description

"Poet: Lezunov, B. “The Fighting Pencil” group, 1972

They give everything to the hero
But ignore the working team:
Here they set records
Only for show!

In the former Soviet Union the highest form of non-monetary appraisal was the honorary degree ""Hero of Socialist Labor"" (although, in an economy where almost everything was distributed and demand was overpowering supply, this could turn into material benefits as well). This title was usually awarded to people who set record achievements in industry, for example coal mining (although scientists who had inventions were sometimes also awarded this title). For public relations purposes, many organizations strove hard to have their own heroes of socialist labor, so they created exceptional conditions for some workers to excel, while ignoring the rest."

Creator

Belomlinsky, M.

Date

1972

Source

Rutgers

Relation

Rights

Source: Holzer, M., Illiash, I., Gabrielian, V., & Kuznestsova, L. (2010). Red Tape from Red Square:Bureaucratic Commentary in Soviet Graphic Satirical Art. Poughkeepsie, NY: NetPublications

Publisher

Rutgers

Contributor

Rutgers

Format

Medium: Poster

Language

Russian

Type

Artwork

Identifier

Art, Satire, Cartoons, Soviet Union, Heroes of Socialist Labor, Socialism, Fighting Pencil

Coverage

Russia

Files

socialistlabor.jpg

Reference

Belomlinsky, M., "Let's make him a front-rank worker.", Rutgers, 1972

Cite As

Belomlinsky, M., “"Let's make him a front-rank worker.",” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 14, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/447.