As we talk about the communist revolution in China and compare it to that of Russia, one of the topics that is most striking is the cult of personality that both Stalin and Mao created. When we studied Stalin, we saw posters of him being presented as the father of the country and the man that all Russians should adore. When we looked at Mao, we saw countless paintings where his seemingly inescapable portrait adorned the wall behind happy chinese people. In Mao’s china, we also saw badges with his picture on them that he distributed to the population. We saw millions of loudspeakers deployed to spread his voice across the country. Like Stalin, he was creating an atmosphere of veneration towards himself. He saw himself as safer. Russia and China are not alone in creating this cult of personality; today, we most obviously see it in North Korea. What all these countries have had in common is that they deployed this propaganda as a response to their government’s failures. For each country, that meant millions of people dieing of starvation and famine, such as the great leap forward in China. I think, then, that the cult of personality is a way of distracting from the government. If the citizens of a country are conditioned to have unwavering faith in their godlike leader, they will not spend any time questioning the government policies that he implements. When we look at these posters, we see it immediately as ridiculous; but in a country where the regime is so effective at implementing this propaganda and eliminating all means of criticism simultaneously, this cult of personality can take hold.