“Solely because of the increasing disorder” — Bertolt Brecht
Karlo Mongaya is an unrepentant critic, bibliophile, and anti-imperialist.
He lives in Oton, Iloilo, Philippines.
Sheila Pagurayan is a children’s and women’s rights advocate.
She is a graduate of the University of the Philippines Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo.
Why Hello.Lenin!? The blog’s name Hello.Lenin! is a pun on Hello Kitty. It is also a response to the 2003 German film Good Bye Lenin.
Set in the dramatic years of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Good Bye Lenin attempts to finally bring closure to what it describes as a massively flawed and repressive state that was borne out of the legacy of Lenin. In the film we have a brother and a sister tending to their mother who just woke up from a long coma. When the mother was unconscious, the Berlin Wall fell, East and West Germany is about to be reunited, and so on.
Their mother was a staunch supporter of the old regime, hence the two siblings takes to extreme lengths to make it appear as if there are no drastic changes. Of course, it turns out that the siblings didn’t have to do all that because their mother was not actually a real believer of the old regime but was only pretending to do so.
In short, Good Bye Lenin rehashes the usual canard about the futility of socialism and the superiority of capitalism when in fact what fell in the late 80s and the early 90s in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe were Modern Revisionist states that used the name of Marx and Lenin in words but oppressed and exploited the working people in deeds. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the full restoration of capitalism was only the culmination of their prior betrayal of the revolutionary ideals represented by the name Lenin.
The full restoration of capitalism in the former Soviet Union in 1991 after decades of revisionist rule with Stalin’s death in 1953, as well as the embracing of the capitalist road by Red China after Mao’s death in 1976, has led bourgeois intellectuals and their imperialist masters to crow about a “New World Order” and global capitalism as the “End of History.”
But the continuing crisis of the world capitalist system and the recent resurgence of people’s movements and revolutionary struggles on a worldwide scale has quickly swept the rug under their feet and effectively debunked the illusion of a seamless capitalist utopia. We are still in the age of imperialism and world revolution as Lenin diagnosed a Century hence. It is in this context that we say Hello.Lenin! once more.