In 1953, a member of the Indiana Textbook Commission attempted to ban teaching Robin Hood in schools stating “there is a Communist directive in education now to stress the story of Robin Hood, they want to stress it because he robbed the rich and gave it to the poor. That’s the Communist line.”
In his own words, John Lennon’s best-selling single “Imagine” was written to represent a ‘Communist manifesto’ where there was ‘no more religion, no more country, no more politics.’ In later interviews, Lennon claimed the song represented ‘one country, one world, one people.’
“This Land Is Your Land,” by Woody Guthrie, a popular American folk song among patriots, was originally created as a criticism of Capitalism and the U.S. government by a Communist labor organizer.
The “Hundred Flowers Campaign” of 1956 China, allowed and encouraged people to speak freely and openly express their opinions about the communist regime. After a year, the campaign was withdrawn the Chinese government imprisoned those who spoke critically about them.
The leaders of a 1977 miners strike in Communist Romania were given 5 minute chest x-rays after the strike was over to ensure they would develop cancer.
Residents in Mosinee, Wisconsin held a mock Communist invasion which had concentration camps, a purged library, and inflated prices. The mayor, seemingly unaware of the plan, died due to the excitement.
In the 1970s Intervision Song Contest, the Communist equivalent to Eurovision, viewers would vote by turning on lights at a given moment; power plants would measure the load to help determine the winner.
Tupac Shakur was a member of the Young Communist League USA, and that the Maryland chapter – based in Baltimore, where he spent his high school years – is named after him.
In 1927 the Soviet Union released a film about traveling to Mars where they saved an alien race from capitalism.
Fidel Castro and Che Guevara raised the Cuban national literacy rate from about 60-76% to 96% within a year.