The People's Cube
The People's Cube  (TPC) is a U.S.-based satirical conservative website that was launched April 1, 2005 as a sequel to Communists for Kerry. The site has many visitors and writers from not only the US, but also Canada and Europe.
The People's Cube homepage (January 2017)
|Slogan||America through the eyes of a former Soviet Agitprop artist|
Type of site
|Political Satire forum|
|Registration||Required to post articles or comments|
|Created by||Oleg Atbashian|
|Launched||April 1, 2005|
The People's Cube was formed in 2005 by Oleg Atbashian. It is a conservative right-wing political satire forum and discussion board. Its' members often write in a style mocking or otherwise parodying Communists, Marxists, or the former Soviet Union. They also sometimes write in Russian for the same reason.
The People's Cube is named after its' flagship product, which is based on the Rubik's Cube. However, unlike the Rubik's Cube, which has a different color on each side, the People's Cube is red on all 6 sides with a small gold-colored logo in the center of each side. Atbashian has obtained permission from Ernö Rubik, creator of the Rubik's Cube, and Seven Towns Ltd., to manufacture and sell the People's Cube. Atbashian calls it "the ultimate symbol of political correctness".
The People's Cube was launched in 2005 by Oleg Atbashian, a Soviet immigrant to America who was born in 1960. He lived in Ukraine where he worked as a Soviet Agitprop artist for the local Communist Party in his town. He left the Soviet Union due to disagreement with the policies and government of the Soviet Union. He was spurred to political activism by the September 11 attacks, saying that those who blamed the United States in the wake of the attacks "enraged" him.
His first act of activism was the group and associated website Communists for Kerry, which was formed in July of 2004. The group was formed to support the re-election of George W Bush in 2004. Atbashian was the group's writer and graphical artist and was also the webmaster for the Communists for Kerry website. The group's website became very popular before the 2004 election and was still popular after, still receiving 1000 visits each day 7 months after the election.
After the 2004 election, Atbashian stopped updating and maintaining Communists for Kerry and started The People's Cube on April 1, 2005. The original idea for The People's Cube product was birthed from the Communists for Kerry group and Atbashian based the website around it. He adopted the pseudonym "Red Square" as his username on the website.
The People's Cube has received attention from various media sources, most of them conservative or right-wing.
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh has described The People's Cube as "A Stalinist version of The Onion." in a live phone interview with Atbashian. This quote is displayed in the sidebar of the website.
Thomas Lifson, editor-in-chief of conservative website American Thinker, wrote about Atbashian getting TPC's account suspended from Twitter. He was suspended because he posted the home address and telephone number of New York Times writer Julie Bosman on his Twitter in response to her publishing the address of Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in one of her NYT articles. Atbashian eventually had his account reinstated. In his article, Lifson opined about The People's Cube, saying that it "is one of the funniest satirical websites".
- Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
In August 2006, an image and article was posted by Atbashian to TPC, parodying the front cover of the New York Times, that said "Warsaw Ghetto Uprising An Over-Reaction". This image and associate article were an attempt by Atbashian to ridicule or otherwise lampoon those who criticized Israel for a "disproportionate" use of force during its' 2006 military conflict with Hezbollah. The image and article implied that those who criticized the Israeli use of force would have reacted in the same way to the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Polish Jews against the Nazi regime during World War II.
The image was picked up and began to spread and circulate via email. This image, taken out of context, was taken seriously by many people, and caused alarm. Snopes, a popular fact-checking website, made an article debunking and explaining the image. About.com also made an article explaining the image..
In early October 2005, Atbashian created a section on the People's Cube Cafepress account with designs of a hairy skull with a red "X" crossing it out. The design also had the words "Che is dead, Get over it!" placed above the crossed-out drawing. The design bore similarity to the well-known Che Guevara design seen on t-shirts and posters.
The day after he had made the designs available for purchase on the Cafepress account, Cafepress took the designs down, citing copyright infringement. Atbashian wrote a letter to Cafepress after the designs were taken down, citing many examples of similar logo and design parodies, but the designs were never restored.
In early March 2006 it was noticed by The People's Cube that Google erased and blocked any link to TPC site in its' search engine database. TPC suspected it was a deliberate move by Google because of TPC's criticism of Censorship by Google in China and also TPC's political views, based on another known case of Google blocking individual political site pages. TPC then wrote letters to Google asking for an explanation, to which there was no immediate reply.
Once The People's Cube posted the topic of the Google removal it spread quickly through the blogosphere. One of the blog posts made about the removal was by Google employee Matt Cutts on his blog, where he made the argument that TPC removal had to do with spam in the form of hidden text.
Google eventually restored TPC to their database and in a written response to TPC stated, "While we cannot comment on the individual reasons your page was removed, we'd like to assure you that we do not alter our search results based on political viewpoint or ideology."
In December 2014, TPC's Twitter account was suspended for posting the home address and phone number of New York Times author Julie Bosman. This was in response to her publishing the home address of Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. The account was reinstated after Twitter removed the offending tweet and Atbashian said that he read and understood the Twitter guidelines.
On the 1st January 2017, it was noticed by TPC that the TPC Wikipedia article was up for deletion.  Many efforts were made to improve the article, all of them removed by the Wikipedia editors. The article was eventually deleted by Wikipedia on January 9th.