I Can't Figure Out Whether This College Study is Sexist or Not

It was the 1930s, and America was changing. Women were going to college and communists were marching in the streets. But people really didn't want those two things to combine. And thus was born a study that had its heart in the right place and its head in the wrong one. » 5/20/14 10:40am 5/20/14 10:40am

The Melancholy, Crumbling Remains Of Great Socialist Murals

Once, they beamed optimism from walls all across the Eastern Bloc. These murals depicted Socialist progress, and allowed the great Communist leaders to look down on their people from everywhere. But now, they're fallen into ruin. Check out the disintegrating beauty of great Socialist murals. » 5/02/14 3:30pm 5/02/14 3:30pm

Communist Leaders Are Still Watching Us in These Monumental Portraits

The Revolution never dies, comrades — especially when we've painted its leaders on massive billboards that loom over your cities and towns. Here are some of the world's most imposing portraits of Communism's most famous instigators. » 4/22/14 3:19pm 4/22/14 3:19pm

Instagram Photos Give A Rare Look At Life Inside North Korea

North Korea remains a grim enigma — a lone totalitarian state that few outsiders manage to visit. We glimpse military parades and marvel at the colorful propaganda, but we seldom get much of a sense of what it's like to live there. But these Instagram photos give a remarkably vivid look at ordinary life in North Korea. » 3/26/14 3:50pm 3/26/14 3:50pm

7 Utopias that Changed the Future

Though "Utopia" means "nowhere," many real-life societies have been strongly influenced by various concepts of a perfect realm where humans live in harmony with each other. Here are some of the most influential Utopian visions — and how they changed our distinctly non-Utopian world. » 3/11/14 12:07pm 3/11/14 12:07pm

Strange Buildings of the Eastern Bloc from the Last Decades of Communism

Communist architecture is often monumental, sometimes minimalist, and always imposing. But in the latter years of most European communist states, traditional Brutalist architecture gave way to something a little weirder — and occasionally even playful. Here are some incredible buildings from this era in late Eastern… » 3/06/13 3:40pm 3/06/13 3:40pm

Your First Look at the Animated Remake of the Soviet Union's Most Monty…

We've been waiting for the animated remake of Kin-Dza-Dza since we first discovered this ultra-wacky 1986 Russian movie back in 2008. And now, it's finally here — and you can check out the first footage above, via Twitch Film. » 12/04/12 4:55pm 12/04/12 4:55pm

An extremely creepy tour of an abandoned Soviet monument in Bulgaria

Remember those derelict Bulgarian war memorials that resemble space fortresses? Well, it turns out they're just as otherworldly inside. Here's one intrepid urban explorer's journey into the shadowy corridors of the shuttered Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship memorial in Varna, Bulgaria. It's also a case study on why you… » 4/06/12 4:10pm 4/06/12 4:10pm

British intelligence investigated whether Charlie Chaplin was a secret…

Here's a curious tidbit from spy history: in the 1950s, American intelligence asked Britain's MI5 to investigate the actor Charlie Chaplin on suspicions that Chaplin was a dangerous communist. But the intelligence agencies were unable to confirm that Chaplin was born in England, leading to an investigation into… » 2/19/12 10:00am 2/19/12 10:00am

Kim Jong-il is dead. Here's his monster movie.

Now that lunatic dictator Kim Jong-il has passed on to the great rusty amusement park near the Earth's mantle, we've dug deep in the io9 vaults for a look back at his sole contribution to science fiction cinema, the 1985 kaiju flick Pulgasari. » 12/18/11 7:35pm 12/18/11 7:35pm

Watch an insane 1970s anti-Communist educational film that's half Red…

This week we posted America Under Communism, a propaganda comic about life in Soviet America. Here's If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do?, probably the only evangelical Christian grindhouse horror movie ever made about life in Commie America. » 1/08/11 4:30pm 1/08/11 4:30pm

Read a famous propaganda comic about life in Soviet America

In 1947, the Catechetical Guild Educational published Is This Tomorrow: America Under Communism, a propaganda comic classic about the impending Sovietification of America. According to the comic, Communist saboteurs would maintain dissident camps in Alaska and North Dakota. » 1/04/11 12:20pm 1/04/11 12:20pm

Salute your borscht — scenes from Soviet summer camps

Summer's finally here! Yay! Who's ready for swimming, archery, and smashing the corrupt edifice of Western capitalism? Here are photos and posters from the halcyon days of Red summer camps. Canoe trips! Puppy love! Marxist dialectics! Woo! [English Russia]. » 6/22/10 4:06pm 6/22/10 4:06pm

Blinded by the bright colors of the socialist utopia

For possibly the first time ever, North Korean art is being displayed in Europe, and the utopian optimism is heart-breaking. Yes, monster movies may not be the scariest culture North Korea ever produced. » 5/29/10 12:15pm 5/29/10 12:15pm

The Future Of The U.S. Government, According To Science Fiction

Countless science fiction stories have asked the same question: What will America turn into next? The answers fall into three major categories, some more plausible than others. Take our poll to choose your favorite option. » 7/02/09 6:57pm 7/02/09 6:57pm

Final Proof That Communism Breaks Your Brain

Two regular guys fall into an alien teleportation device and find themselves on a planet of crazy people in Kin-Dza-Dza!, a 1986 Russian movie that satirizes the declining USSR by having people act very very silly for 135 minutes. It's basically like the longest Monty Python sketch in history: the Plukanians only… » 6/10/08 8:30pm 6/10/08 8:30pm