Good luck!

Title

Good luck!

Description

"Poet: Shkliarinsky, A. “The Fighting Pencil” group, 1967
Young chickens better quit the squeak,
stop calling for attention:
New boss, the Fox, has a good hand… at cutting population.
Sign above the Bear’s table: “Human Resources Manager.”
The document the Fox is carrying reads:
“To Appoint––Ms. Fox as the manager of the poultry farm.”

Chubarov argues that in the Soviet Union “the system of elite recruitment evolved in such a way that party bosses controlled the personnel policy at their corresponding levels” (2001, p. 59). This, essentially, means that the Party held the monopoly on controlling who gets appointed or “elected” to posi6ons of authority in the party itself, government and all other important social structures—to the so-called nomenklatura posts.

According to Brown (1982), these are positions at various levels of the administrative hierarchy from the all-Union to the district level which are considered to be of political or economic importance and appointments to which must be approved by the party committee at that particular level. The choice is limited to people who are on the nomenklatura list and who have already, therefore, received the party’s attestation of political fitness. A place on the nomenklatura is also intended to be a guarantee of a certain level of ability, but… when people are removed from a responsible position because of shortcomings in their work, this fact is glossed over… and they are enabled to move to another nomenklatura post."

Creator

Cherepanov, Y. - First photo; Kunnap, V. - Second photo

Date

1965 - first photo; 1967 - second photo

Source

Rutgers, Continuum, Free Press

Rights

"Source: Brown, A. (1982). Political Developments: Some Conclusions and an Interpretation. In: Brown, A., and M. Kaser (Eds.). The Soviet Union since the Fall of Khrushchev, 2nd Ed. London and Basingstoke: The Macmillan Press LTD.

Chubarov, A. (2001). Russia’s Btter Path to Modernity: A History of the Soviet and Post-Soviet Eras. New York, London: Continuum.

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, Continuum, Free Press

Contributor

Rutgers, Continuum, Free Press

Format

Poster

Language

Russian

Type

Artwork

Identifier

The Fighting Pencil, Soviet Union, Nomenklatura, Art, Satire, Party, Satire

Coverage

Russia

Files

goodluck1.jpg
goodluck2.jpg

Reference

Cherepanov, Y. - First photo; Kunnap, V. - Second photo, Good luck!, Rutgers, Continuum, Free Press, 1965 - first photo; 1967 - second photo

Cite As

Cherepanov, Y. - First photo; Kunnap, V. - Second photo , “Good luck!,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 13, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/458.