North Korean Propaganda: Many communist countries’ propaganda artwork has similar themes and North Korea’s is no different. Subjects such as a leader’s cult of personality, military might, utopian society and devotion to the state are common, and most North Korean billboards carry slogans rather than advertisements. (Eric Laffourgue/Gamma-Rapho) Late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is credited with mythologizing the Kim family and making its identity inseparable from the country’s.
In the midst of their own Cultural Revolution, the Chinese conducted their own campaign against foreign imperialism, both American and Soviet. The border guards in this poster defend the northern border against the Soviet aggressors.
"The antipode of individualism is collectivism, which subordinates the individual to the group -- be it the 'community,' the tribe, the race, the proletariat, etc. A person's moral worth is judged by how much he sacrifices himself to the group. [Under collectivism] the more emergencies (and victims) the better, because they provide more opportunity for 'virtue'." (Glenn Woiceshyn)