Life imitates art
Economist, The New Nationalism cartoon by David Parkins
Fore vs rear, figurehead vs populist rable.
Left vs right, overt vs subtle.
Aside: What the people want, the people get. Bloodshed and horror be damned, so why not glorify it?
Russian Guards ceremonial uniform
Aside: The US Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a well known testament to sacrifice across all American conflicts. Up that by an order of magnitude and restrict to one 4 year period of utter carnage that left 1/4 of soldiers who served dead + killed about 15% of the total pre-war population, and you have the Soviet version.
Revolutionary drummer boy
The armband (mourning, resistance, national socialism)
Aside: Key enabler of Hitler’s rise to power. The connection isn’t lost.