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Nuclear Freeze Movement: Political Satire

This collection contains the business materials, organization information, articles, newspapers, comics, publications on the Nuclear Freeze Movement. As part of the Olympia Historic Society, these materials are focused on organizations in Thurston County

Comedy, Satire, and Parody

From the Oxford English Dictionary:


 A poem or (in later use) a novel, film, or other work of art which uses humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize prevailing immorality or foolishness, esp. as a form of social or political commentary.

The genre of literature which consists of satires; satirical writing. Now also in extended use of other art forms.

 A satirical utterance; a speech or saying which ridicules and criticizes a person, thing, or quality. Also as a mass noun: satirical speech.

The type of derisive humour or irony that is typical of a satire: mocking wit; sarcasm, esp. as employed against something perceived as foolish or immoral.

A disposition to make satirical or sarcastic comments; a tendency to mock.

A thing or circumstance which exposes the faults or absurdities of something or someone; a mockery.

(citation: "satire, n." OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2015. Web. 29 September 2015.)


European Response

reste in vrede

vredesmagazine 81

man with paper airplane

plutonium transport

US Response

i told you

in god we trust


melting the freeze


Box 1 - Harvard Lampoon. Nuclear Arms and Terrific Legs. Fall 1982.

Box 2 - European Response:

  • "This is a plutonium transport..." Cartoon by Claus DeLeuran/Organisationen til Oplysning Om AtomKraft
  • Image of large nuclear missile in the midst of a village. Vredes Magazine 81 (translation Peace Magazine) 
  • "Ontwapenings-Conferentie." (translation: "Conventions and Conferences"). Artist: Arend Van Dam. Date unknown.

Box 3 - U.S. Response:


Harvard Lampoon - Fall 1982

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