Thursday, October 20, 2011

Communist Joy

Here are Karl Marx and Engels welcoming us to the joys of communism.

Doesn't she look happy to see us!?!

It looks like everyone has their hands high, filled with joy.

Even this friendly soviet soldier is welcoming a Hungarian to the joys of communism.

Don't these hands look friendly?

My new big brother is taking me by the hand to show me around.

Do you think I'll be able to keep up with this enthusiastic comrade?

Here the children are learning how to spy on others, plant bombs, and defend the new joyful paradise.

You don't want to cooperate? Maybe these friends can help convince you.

Here I am standing under Stalin's boots, joining Hungarians in giving my thumbs down to communist joy.

This is Memento Park on the outskirts of Budapest, the graveyard of the heroic statues of communism that used to be throughout the city until 1990. The charging soldiers honor Bela Kun, the Hungarian communist who helped establish Hungary as the second communist country after Russia in 1919 after the First World War. It only lasted 133 days. The second time in 1949, the Hungarians weren't quite as lucky, but even with these heroic statues dedicated to the joys of communism, the Hungarians weren't fooled as to the reality of this "joy."

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