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In Post-Soviet World, Town Pisses on Lenin with Irreverent Statue

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Mediaite's Tina Nguyen reports on a district in Krakow, Poland that is celebrating the death of communism with an irreverent, neon-green statue of Lenin entitled "Fountain of the Future."

There's a little bit of backstory to why this district is so happy that communism is over: Nowa Huta, an industrial community, was built by the Polish post-war government specifically to "combat the influence of what authorities deemed to be 'bourgeois' Krakow," according to the Independent. (The town was such a propaganda village that a popular song was written extolling its Socialist virtues, and was literally titled "This Song Is About Nowa Hute".) However, the plan backfired and Nowa Huta instead became a hotbed of dissent, with protestors attempting to blow up the bronze Lenin statue at least twice.

And now that Socialist Realism is dead, everyone in Nowa Hute wants to keep it that way. Artist Bartosz Szydlowski told the Telegraph that he wanted the world to see the town's sense of humor, and also wanted to stir debate over what should take the place of the statue.

More here.

How do irreverent American leftists remember Lenin, the architect of one of the most oppressive regimes in human history? The folks at Mother Jones used to sell ha-ha funny "Bowlshevik" bowling shirts featuring Lenin dishing out a strike. Because nothing is hipper than a guy who knew how to pull off Red Terror and worse like a real pro.

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  1. You can say THAT again!

    /doublepost

  2. Are the squirrels no longer satisfied with the comments section? They’re coming for the articles now?

  3. Vlad should know you walk backwards while doing that (usually during a bar crawl). Otherwise you get your shoes all wet.

    1. How do you know he’s not walking backward?

      1. His center of gravity is forward.

        1. Well, if he’s doing a bar crawl, I expect his center of gravity to be off. (Actually it looks more right-leaning than forward from this angle)

          1. Right-leaning Lenin? That’s a bigger insult than the peeing part!

  4. Journalism 101 fail.

    Protesters attempted to blow up what statue? This one or some other one, which you fail to tell us about?

    Dammit, Gillespie, you make way more than I do. Have you no sense of pride in your work?

    1. Protesters attempted to blow up what statue?

      Reading comprehension 101 fail.

      with protestors attempting to blow up the bronze Lenin statue at least twice.

      The bronze one. That bright thing doesn’t look bronze to me. So I can only assume that they attempted to blow up some other bronze one, not that one.

      1. It could be painted bronze.

        1. Keep grasping.

  5. shouldn’t the National Endowment for the Arts be cutting a fat taxpayer funded check to the sculptor of Piss Lenin?

  6. Next we need the pissoir where the citizen could relieve himself _on_ a statue of Lenin.

  7. typical commie. he can’t even hold his dick right. no wonder they needed a plan to drop a deuce.

    1. He’s probably trying to defect.

      1. Or defecate

  8. Here in Seattle they just give the statue a prominent place in Fremont and let the lefites walk by and sigh wistfully, thinking of what might have been.

    1. …thinking of what might have been.

      Violence, starvation, constant war, deprivation, depravity, genocide. American lefties are sentimental for this, imagining they would be the ones in charge. Well fuck them, and fuck their commie bullshit.

      1. It’s better to force everyone to be equally poor than to allow everyone to be unequally rich.

      2. I always find this funny, well not ha ha funny. Sociopathic pols and the brutal assholes that become cops are pretty much always in charge to some degree in every government. If they don’t wield power now, they likely wouldn’t in any other system either. They’d also be the first to bitch (rightfully so) at being oppressed, then lined up and shot.

        1. All governments suffer a redurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.

          -Frank Herbert Chapterhouse: Dune

      3. Get a life. Mel brooks made a movie about Adolf hitler and wore a swastika. Libertarians are such fucking prisses.

    2. I was very happy to see that someone covered the statue’s left hand with blood red paint.

      Of course, this being Seattle, someone else has attempted to remove the paint.

  9. He meant well.

    You guys are a nitpicky bunch of Negative Nancys.

    1. We are! If only we could sacrifice a few more plebeians, then the utopian plan will work!

      1. Well if the kulaks didn’t resist then nothing bad would have come to them. So really, it’s all their own fault.

    2. They just didn’t implement it properly in the USSR! This time it will be different!

    3. The Late P Brooks|6.20.14 @ 9:49AM|#
      “He meant well.”

      At one time, I thought he was sincere in his claim to belief in Marxism.
      From a lot of reading since then, nope. He was a cynical, power-grabbing, lying bastard bereft of any principles whatsoever.
      Our lefty commenters come to mind.

      1. I think its impossible to take marxism seriously if you have seriously studied it. Any sane person who reads the CM with an active mind and actually thinks about how to implement communism will realize it’s utter bullshit. Especially in the places where Marx simply abandons ideas halfway into an explanation because, deep down even he knew he was full of shit.

        1. Could you be specific on the abandoned ideas? I’m interested since I missed that when I read it.

          I remember for me, even though I was already anti-communist the first time I read it, the big “NOPE!” for me wasn’t until near the end where Marx casually drops the fact that implementing Communism would require wholesale slaughter of those who resist it and then breezily moves on.

  10. The difference between the modern neo-nazi Holocaust deniers and Communist reality deniers is that the Nazies lost the war. The Communist Russians won the war, so despite that they were far more murderous than even Hitler’s regime, Communist historical revisionism is socially acceptable to this day.

    No one should have any qualms telling Lenin and Stalin apologists that they are genocide promoting monsters.

    1. Holodomor deniers.
      Great Leap into Famine deniers.

    2. Not if you married a Russian. She tells me of when the wall came down and all her teachers said OK, everything we taught you was a lie before…now we will teach you the truth. Which, as a typical upbeat and optimistic Russian, she and all her classmates promptly called bullshit on.

      They are keenly aware of propaganda. WAY more so than those who were born and raised right here in the old US of A.

      1. The US seems to attract a lot of children of formerly-privileged Eastern European immigrants longing for the good ol’ 1970’s.

  11. In Post-Soviet World, Town Pisses on Lenin with Irreverent Statue

    Looks to me more like Lenin is pissing on the town.

  12. “Must. Destroy. Cap-i-tal-ism.” -Zombie Lenin.

  13. How do irreverent American leftists remember Lenin, the architect of one of the most oppressive regimes in human history?

    with small, but tasteful, shrines.

  14. “And now that Socialist Realism is dead, everyone in Nowa Hute wants to keep it that way.”

    Someone alert Jesse Myerson. He can show up on the Independents again and explain why the residents of Nowa Hute are all wrong.

  15. near the end where Marx casually drops the fact that implementing Communism would require wholesale slaughter of those who resist it and then breezily moves on.

    The road to Hell Socialist Paradise is paved with the sun bleached skulls of those who lack the vision to know what’s good for them.

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