He Who Does Not Work Shall Not Eat
Кто не работает, тот не ест !

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He Who Does Not Work Shall Not Eat

A famous slogan of the Soviet Union, part of the overall campaign to develop Socialist behaviour in the Soviet Population.

The origin is from the bible: “He who does not work, neither shall he eat” is a Biblical aphorism derived from II Thessalonians 3:10.

According to Lenin, “He who does not work shall not eat” is a necessary principle under socialism, the preliminary phase of the evolution towards communist society. The phrase appears in his 1917 work, The State and Revolution. Through this slogan Lenin explains that in socialist states only productive individuals could be allowed access to the articles of consumption.

We show here a series of works from 1963 by various famous poster artists interpreting that theme, for example Viktor Govorkov, Veniamin Briskin and Genrikh Valk.

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